Announcing the Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Asia-Pacific Pathway Program

It’s never too early to start building your future in law.

Herbert Smith Freehills and UNSW Law are delighted to launch the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Asia-Pacific Pathway Program.

About the program

Experience working for a leading global law firm

The Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Pathway Program is a paid internship* awarded to two successful UNSW law students at leading global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, you will be offered the chance to collaborate with the best legal minds in the business, working in both the firm’s Sydney and Hong Kong or Shanghai offices. This wonderful opportunity provides invaluable experience and first-class training, working across the firm’s global network on high-profile cases and deals involving some of the world’s biggest clients. 

When does the program commence?

The program will run from 18 – 29 May 2020 (Term 1 break). Accommodation and flights will be covered for the Asia portion of the program, and you will be paid at a competitive rate.

Beyond the program

On completion of the program, you will be invited to apply for Herbert Smith Freehills’ Sydney or Hong Kong graduate program. 

What we’re looking for

Successful applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Complete at least 1 CIBEL elective course by May 2020
  • Fluent Mandarin language skills (both written and oral – please note: these skills will be assessed as part of the application process)
  • Open to 3rd to 4th year undergraduate law students, or 1st or 2nd year JD law students (if you have completed an LLB in China you are not required to complete a CIBEL elective course)

Key dates



Applications open

Applications close  Sunday 19 January 2020
Round 1 – Essay submissions due (for shortlisted candidates) Sunday 2 February 2020
Round 2 – Herbert Smith Freehills partner interviews (and Mandarin language test) Week commencing Monday 24 February 2020
Selection – Successful candidates notified Monday 16 March 2020


How to apply

To submit an application visit 

More information

For more information about the program or application process please contact:

Jemma Rowe

Resourcing Manager, Asia
Herbert Smith Freehills
T  +852 2101 4260/ +61 8 9211 7761  
M  +61 417 204 655 

James Keane

Graduate Recruitment Manager
Herbert Smith Freehills
T  +61 2 9322 4313  
M +61 447 178 031

Download Program information: 

Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Pathway Program 2020

*Please note: As this is a paid internship, it is not possible for UNSW Law students to claim course credit.