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.

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 mainland 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 3-day deadline, from the date of receiving the test invitation, to complete the online reasoning test. No preparation is required for the online assessments.

  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 interview

If successful, you will be invited to attend an interview with our Human Resources department, 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


Mainland China Internship Programme

For a head start in your career, apply to our Mainland China Internship Programme. It offers a taste of life in commercial law at a global firm, and puts you in the best possible position to secure a Training Contract here. Find out more here.

Open to: Penultimate-year and final-year law school undergraduates, postgraudate students and graduates.  

Application dates: 5 September 2020 - 18 October 2020