Your application

Getting to know each other

If you’re considering a career in law in China, you don’t need to decide where to apply right away. Talk to us to find out more about what we do and what we can do for you. Come along to one of our events and ask us anything – we’ll always give you a straight answer. Our 2023/24 Asia brochure can be downloaded here

So, what are we looking for? Mindset matters. We exist to help our clients’ businesses succeed, no matter what. In a climate of great change – commercial, political and economic – that means evolving and adapting at pace to stay ahead. So, we’re looking for candidates with an agile mindset, and the ability to match. Motivated and resilient but also capable and collaborative. Consider that when completing the online assessment, taking a test or meeting us face to face.

Here is our agile mindset framework:


First things first

If you’re applying to one of our Schemes, you’ll need to have a strong academic track record. You’ll have a minimum GPA 3.4 (or equivalent) in China, or you’ll be on track for a 2:1 degree, in any discipline. To find out when we’re coming to your university, join us on Facebook, WeChat or Twitter or explore the events page at


How to apply

Talking of change, we have launched a new online assessment which focuses on making the most of your time.

Candidates must complete the short online form (30 minutes) and the Capp Online assessment by the application deadline. Candidates will have a 5-day deadline, from the date of their application, to complete the Watson Glaser online test. We strongly advise that you complete a practice test for the Watson Glaser. No preparation is required for the Capp Online assessment.

  1. As part of our online assessment, you'll fill in your basic information and academic record which will take just 30 minutes.
  2. Then, you’ll be invited to take the assessment which is based on our agile mindset framework. This part of the process is not timed, and the six modules, covering scenarios such as global transactions and critical thinking, should take you between 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
  3. The assessment is designed to help us find out more about you and your skillset. It will also show you what life is like as a Linklaters Trainee and give you a realistic job preview. Relax, and use this as an opportunity to get to know us better.
  4. Once complete, you'll receive a personalised feedback report detailing your key skills and any areas for development. 


The critical thinking test

After you’ve submitted your application form, we’ll also ask you to take this test of your critical and logical thinking. We recommend checking out the practice version on the Pearson website here:


The interview

If successful, you will be invited to attend an interview with our Human Resources department via phone, followed by an interview with two of our Managing Associates/Counsel.

If you'd like to contact a member of the Graduate Recruitment team about our application process, or require any reasonable adjustments, please email us at


Summer Vacation Scheme

Application dates: 1 September 2023 - 5 January 2024

June Scheme: 3 June 2024 - 28 June 2024

July Scheme: 2 July 2024 - 26 July 2024

Applications have now closed. 


It’s our business, to know business

Because business matters to our clients, it matters to us. So we’ll expect you to be interested in the commercial world and the issues that affect both our clients and our firm. Before you come to interview, we recommend you pick one or two key business or legal news stories that interest you. Then we’d like you to follow them for at least a couple of weeks, so you’re ready to discuss them with us. Some good places to start include BBC News Business, Business Week or The Economist, and broadsheet newspapers. There are also a range of commercial awareness books available.