A Training Scheme that will expand your horizons
The objective of the Legal Trainee Scheme is to provide legal trainees with practical training in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Bar Association and enable them to acquire experience in various types of legal work undertaken by Government lawyers.
Legal Trainees (Solicitor) will join a two-year programme comprising attachments* to the following -
Legal Trainees (Barrister) will join a one-year programme comprising attachments* to the following -
* The training attachments may be subject to change.
This is a unique training scheme in which you will be able to gain insights into the work of a government counsel and that of a lawyer in private practice. Under the training scheme, a Legal Trainee (Solicitor) will be seconded to a private law firm to work for six months to serve a totally different clientele. We will try to arrange for the trainee to work in a firm of his/her choice and in the areas that the trainee is interested in. Likewise, we will try to arrange for a Legal Trainee (Barrister) to be attached to a set of chambers of his/her choice to learn directly from a barrister in private practice.
Legal Trainees will be sponsored to attend training courses required by the Law Society of Hong Kong under the Continuing Professional Development Scheme or by the Hong Kong Bar Association under the Pupils Advanced Legal Education Programme.
From time to time, the Department will invite eminent scholars and distinguished practitioners to give talks or seminars to keep the trainees abreast of the latest developments in the law.
Your overall personal growth is as important as your ability to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills for being a successful lawyer. Throughout the training period, two experienced DoJ counsel will be assigned to be your mentors to provide guidance and advice and to share with you their experience.
Experienced counsel in each division of the Department to which you will be attached will also monitor your professional development during the training. They stand ready to provide you with practical advice on the work allocated to you.
Briefing sessions on the Legal Trainee Scheme will be held around March every year at The University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This year’s briefing sessions will be postponed until further notice.
Invitations to apply will be advertised on 13 and 20 March 2020 in the Ming Pao and on 14 and 21 March 2020 in the South China Morning Post. The advertisement will also be posted on the website of the Department of Justice.
The application period for the Legal Trainee Scheme (2021 Intake) is open now until 30 June 2020 (Please see “Existing job vacancies” under “Recruitment” Section for more details).
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interview(s) in late September / early October. Successful applicants are generally expected to start their training in the following summer.
Legal Trainees will be engaged on temporary month-to-month terms. Legal Trainees (Solicitor) will join the Legal Trainee Scheme for a period of two years and Legal Trainees (Barrister) will join the Legal Trainee Scheme for one year.
Legal Trainees will receive, in the first 12 months, a monthly salary equivalent to the pay on point 27 of the Master Pay Scale (MPS), currently $55,995; and in the second 12 months (as applicable to Legal Trainees (Solicitor)), a monthly salary equivalent to the pay on MPS point 28, currently $58,635.
Legal Trainees are subject to the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 485).
Legal Trainees are entitled to earn leave at a rate of 14 days per year.
Medical and dental benefits are available to Legal Trainees in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated from time to time.