BE CHALLENGED – RIGHT FROM THE START

Our continuing reputation as one of the world’s leading law firms depends upon the talents and contributions of our exceptional lawyers. Most of our lawyers join us after spending a summer at MoFo.

As a student at the firm, you’ll collaborate with a team of attorneys that shares high standards, a commitment to excellent service, and a passion for helping our clients succeed. We’ll offer you real and exciting challenges, right from the start.

James Hancock

Elizabeth Balassone

PROGRAMS THAT LAUNCH GREAT CAREERS

Choosing a firm that’s right for you is an important decision. We understand that the selection process may seem overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about — from the city where you’d like to build your career … to the type of work that you’ll find interesting … to the kind of firm that you envision yourself at … to how to distinguish among highly respected firms that sound similar, and so on.

For us too, our summer associate, intern, and trainee programs are of utmost importance. We’re eager to help talented students find a place to contribute to our firm — and to succeed.

  • United States + Tokyo

    Summer Associates Program

    Our Tokyo and U.S. offices host Summer Associates Programs that run approximately 10 weeks.

    The firm distributes work to students in Tokyo and the U.S. using a central assignment system, taking into account each student’s areas of interest. No matter where you summer, much of your work will be international in scope, involving collaboration among multiple offices and practice groups. The work you undertake will vary by practice area, but, in all cases, you’ll have the opportunity to meet clients and play an active part in each matter to which you are assigned.

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    1L Diversity Fellowship Program

    We work to ensure that there are no barriers to serving clients at the highest level, or to creating opportunities for our lawyers, potential lawyers, and staff. The firm has long viewed diversity and inclusion as critical to our success. We continuously seek to attract talented individuals and to ensure that they are supported, engaged, and given the tools necessary to thrive.

    Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program attracts highly motivated first-year law students who are members of a group underrepresented in the legal industry. It provides the training, mentorship, and exposure critical to the students’ professional development and engagement. Each year, up to 10 fellows receive paid summer associate positions in one of the firm’s nine U.S. offices.

    Two-Summer Patent Program

    To be the best, you must be trained by the best. In our Two-Summer Patent Program, you’ll do real work with one of the top IP teams in the United States — a 2015 Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year — to help you become the next successful MoFo IP attorney.

    Our patent program has two tracks: Patent Strategy & Prosecution and Patent Litigation. We’ll immerse you in our patent prosecution group or patent litigation group over two full summers, guide you in your professional development, and pay for you to take the USPTO exam. You’ll also attend our unique Patent Boot Camp training program and be mentored by our leading IP partners. Learn more about this program from our patent prosecution hiring partners and past participants.

    Learn about applying to MoFo

  • London

    Summer Vacation Scheme

    We welcome students who intend to apply for a training contract in our London office to participate in our London Summer Vacation Scheme.

    Each summer we run two sessions of two weeks each, with a maximum of six students per session. You’ll shadow a partner or associate in the first week and be required to change seats in the second week to sit with a different partner or associate.

    Our 2017 program will run from June 26 to July 8 and from July 10 to July 21.

    Trainee Program

    Morrison & Foerster only accepts candidates into our London Trainee Program on the basis of a successful performance during a Summer Vacation Scheme.

    The training contract comprises four six-month seats, rotating between practices. Our trainees get the option of seats in bankruptcy restructuring and insolvency; capital markets, corporate, finance, litigation; technology transactions, and tax. If you are particularly enthused about a specific practice area, let us know and we will work to accommodate your interests. We also offer the opportunity during the training contract to be seconded for six months to one of our international offices.

    New contracts begin each year in September.

    Learn about applying to MoFo

  • Hong Kong

    Summer Internship Program

    Our Hong Kong Summer Internship Program is a great introduction to what a trainee contract at our Hong Kong office would offer you, and the best way for you to demonstrate your potential to us. Interns are included in every aspect of firm life, from social events to office-wide training sessions, and from legal research to client meetings.

    Each summer we run two sessions of one month each (in June and July), with a maximum of six students per session. You’ll work closely with our attorneys, and while work can come from all over the firm, if you are particularly enthused about a specific practice area, we will work to accommodate your interests.

    Trainee Program

    Our Hong Kong Trainee Program is a two-year contract that provides the practical and legal knowledge necessary to become a fully qualified lawyer. From day one, you’ll be surprised by how much direct contact you have with clients. The hands-on learning we offer will help you understand the legal and commercial context of the advice we give.

    The training contract comprises four six-month seats, rotating between practices. All trainee solicitors will take seats in each of the capital markets, mergers and acquisitions/private equity, and litigation groups, with a final repeat seat in one of the practice areas listed taking into account the trainee’s preferences. We also offer the opportunity during the training contract to be seconded for three months to one of our international offices.

    We strongly prefer completion of a summer internship prior to commencement of a trainee contract, but it is not a requirement. New contracts begin each year in September.

    Learn about applying to MoFo

  • Berlin

    Trainee Solicitors and Research Assistants (Referendare und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter)

    Morrison & Foerster’s Berlin Office accepts trainee solicitors and research assistants throughout the year. Our practice includes corporate, M&A, litigation, IP/IT, commercial, media, media regulation, antitrust, finance, privacy, employment and tax. If you are particularly interested in a specific area, let us know and we will work to accommodate your interests.

    The hands-on learning we offer will help you to understand the legal and commercial context of the advice we give. Our work is highly international. Hence you will have the opportunity to show or shape your cultural and English language skills.

    While at MoFo Berlin you will be able to benefit from multiple training opportunities beyond day-to-day legal work. Our offerings include:

    • A mentoring program that assigns you to a senior lawyer during your tenure at MoFo
    • Opportunity to participate in the MoFo Academy that is partly hosted in collaboration with Bucerius Law School
    • Weekly English courses
    • Online/VC trainings hosted by our international offices

    Our trainee solicitors and research assistants are included in every aspect of firm life, from social events to formal client receptions.

    For exceptional candidates we offer the opportunity during the training period to be seconded to one of our international offices. We also offer competitive compensation and attractive work schedules. Further details can be found here.

    For more information on your life at MoFo Berlin please click here.

    Learn about applying to MoFo

Summer Associates Program

Our Tokyo and U.S. offices host Summer Associates Programs that run approximately 10 weeks.

The firm distributes work to students in Tokyo and the U.S. using a central assignment system, taking into account each student’s areas of interest. No matter where you summer, much of your work will be international in scope, involving collaboration among multiple offices and practice groups. The work you undertake will vary by practice area, but, in all cases, you’ll have the opportunity to meet clients and play an active part in each matter to which you are assigned.

Visit us in Tokyo with Nikkei Asian Review

1L Diversity Fellowship Program

We work to ensure that there are no barriers to serving clients at the highest level, or to creating opportunities for our lawyers, potential lawyers, and staff. The firm has long viewed diversity and inclusion as critical to our success. We continuously seek to attract talented individuals and to ensure that they are supported, engaged, and given the tools necessary to thrive.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program attracts highly motivated first-year law students who are members of a group underrepresented in the legal industry. It provides the training, mentorship, and exposure critical to the students’ professional development and engagement. Each year, up to 10 fellows receive paid summer associate positions in one of the firm’s nine U.S. offices.

Two-Summer Patent Program

To be the best, you must be trained by the best. In our Two-Summer Patent Program, you’ll do real work with one of the top IP teams in the United States — a 2015 Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year — to help you become the next successful MoFo IP attorney.

Our patent program has two tracks: Patent Strategy & Prosecution and Patent Litigation. We’ll immerse you in our patent prosecution group or patent litigation group over two full summers, guide you in your professional development, and pay for you to take the USPTO exam. You’ll also attend our unique Patent Boot Camp training program and be mentored by our leading IP partners. Learn more about this program from our patent prosecution hiring partners and past participants.

Learn about applying to MoFo

Summer Vacation Scheme

We welcome students who intend to apply for a training contract in our London office to participate in our London Summer Vacation Scheme.

Each summer we run two sessions of two weeks each, with a maximum of six students per session. You’ll shadow a partner or associate in the first week and be required to change seats in the second week to sit with a different partner or associate.

Our 2017 program will run from June 26 to July 8 and from July 10 to July 21.

Trainee Program

Morrison & Foerster only accepts candidates into our London Trainee Program on the basis of a successful performance during a Summer Vacation Scheme.

The training contract comprises four six-month seats, rotating between practices. Our trainees get the option of seats in bankruptcy restructuring and insolvency; capital markets, corporate, finance, litigation; technology transactions, and tax. If you are particularly enthused about a specific practice area, let us know and we will work to accommodate your interests. We also offer the opportunity during the training contract to be seconded for six months to one of our international offices.

New contracts begin each year in September.

Learn about applying to MoFo

Summer Internship Program

Our Hong Kong Summer Internship Program is a great introduction to what a trainee contract at our Hong Kong office would offer you, and the best way for you to demonstrate your potential to us. Interns are included in every aspect of firm life, from social events to office-wide training sessions, and from legal research to client meetings.

Each summer we run two sessions of one month each (in June and July), with a maximum of six students per session. You’ll work closely with our attorneys, and while work can come from all over the firm, if you are particularly enthused about a specific practice area, we will work to accommodate your interests.

Trainee Program

Our Hong Kong Trainee Program is a two-year contract that provides the practical and legal knowledge necessary to become a fully qualified lawyer. From day one, you’ll be surprised by how much direct contact you have with clients. The hands-on learning we offer will help you understand the legal and commercial context of the advice we give.

The training contract comprises four six-month seats, rotating between practices. All trainee solicitors will take seats in each of the capital markets, mergers and acquisitions/private equity, and litigation groups, with a final repeat seat in one of the practice areas listed taking into account the trainee’s preferences. We also offer the opportunity during the training contract to be seconded for three months to one of our international offices.

We strongly prefer completion of a summer internship prior to commencement of a trainee contract, but it is not a requirement. New contracts begin each year in September.

Learn about applying to MoFo

Trainee Solicitors and Research Assistants (Referendare und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter)

Morrison & Foerster’s Berlin Office accepts trainee solicitors and research assistants throughout the year. Our practice includes corporate, M&A, litigation, IP/IT, commercial, media, media regulation, antitrust, finance, privacy, employment and tax. If you are particularly interested in a specific area, let us know and we will work to accommodate your interests.

The hands-on learning we offer will help you to understand the legal and commercial context of the advice we give. Our work is highly international. Hence you will have the opportunity to show or shape your cultural and English language skills.

While at MoFo Berlin you will be able to benefit from multiple training opportunities beyond day-to-day legal work. Our offerings include:

  • A mentoring program that assigns you to a senior lawyer during your tenure at MoFo
  • Opportunity to participate in the MoFo Academy that is partly hosted in collaboration with Bucerius Law School
  • Weekly English courses
  • Online/VC trainings hosted by our international offices

Our trainee solicitors and research assistants are included in every aspect of firm life, from social events to formal client receptions.

For exceptional candidates we offer the opportunity during the training period to be seconded to one of our international offices. We also offer competitive compensation and attractive work schedules. Further details can be found here.

For more information on your life at MoFo Berlin please click here.

Learn about applying to MoFo

Make your summer the start of a great career.

WHAT TO EXPECT: MOFO SUMMERS AND BEYOND

Our student programs give participants a real sense of what it means to practice at Morrison & Foerster.

A Broad Mix of Interesting Work

The firm distributes student work using a central assignment system, taking into account each student’s areas of interest.

Summer associates, interns, and trainees receive a broad mix of assignments suitable for first- and second-year associates. Typical assignments include writing briefs, motions, contracts, and client memoranda; assisting in drafting and negotiation sessions; helping with depositions and witness preparation; and performing due diligence in corporate transactions. You’ll also be encouraged to volunteer for pro bono assignments. The goal is that you work on a variety of substantive projects to demonstrate your writing, research, and analytical skills, and get a realistic perspective on what it’s like to be a lawyer at MoFo.

Students and trainees work directly with senior attorneys and partners, associates, paralegals, and staff. Generally, you’ll have multiple assignments at once, which will require effective time management and prioritization. We expect that you’ll contribute to the matters on which you are working and take ownership of your assignments.

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Training That Builds Real Skills

We believe that direct participation and hands-on experience in engaging client matters provide the most rewarding student opportunities.

We provide summer associates, interns, and trainees with the tools they need to enhance their skills through extensive orientation and training programs, including access to the firm’s Knowledge Exchange and online training.

Given the brevity of our summer programs, we introduce students to the full capabilities of the firm through practice area presentations, which explore the work of our practice groups and how each practice team interacts with other groups. All students are invited to attend our ongoing attorney training programs.

Summer Associate Program Training

Mentors Who Aspire to Inspire

We recognize the importance of mentoring to our summer associates, trainees, and interns. You’ll be assigned one or more mentors to help you acclimate to the firm. Your mentors will introduce you to the attorneys and staff in their practice group and office, and may take you to lunch periodically throughout your program. Most importantly, mentors act as a sounding board for any questions or concerns you may have throughout the summer and beyond.

We believe you’ll find your mentors’ commitment to quality and their dedication to preserving a welcoming environment an example that you’ll strive to follow.

ALEXIS AMEZCUA

Arturo trusts junior associates — as a first year, I was taking and defending depositions; as a second year, I was examining witnesses at trial; and as a third and fourth year, I managed national multidistrict litigation. I credit Arturo with providing me such opportunities, always giving it to me straight, and sincerely taking an interest in my professional development.

— Alexis Amezcua, Associate, San Francisco

ARTURO GONZÁLEZ

I met Alexis when she was a summer associate. She expressed an interest in trial work and I told her that if she came to MoFo we could try cases together. Since she joined the firm we have done just that. We make efforts to train our lawyers so that they can perform at trial. It has been great watching Alexis apply that training in the courtroom and with clients.

— Arturo González, Partner, San Francisco

  • ALEXIS AMEZCUA

    Arturo trusts junior associates — as a first year, I was taking and defending depositions; as a second year, I was examining witnesses at trial; and as a third and fourth year, I managed national multidistrict litigation. I credit Arturo with providing me such opportunities, always giving it to me straight, and sincerely taking an interest in my professional development.

    — Alexis Amezcua, Associate, San Francisco

  • ARTURO GONZÁLEZ

    I met Alexis when she was a summer associate. She expressed an interest in trial work and I told her that if she came to MoFo we could try cases together. Since she joined the firm we have done just that. We make efforts to train our lawyers so that they can perform at trial. It has been great watching Alexis apply that training in the courtroom and with clients.

    — Arturo González, Partner, San Francisco

TOP 20 SUMMER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM BY VAULT (2017)

Students’ FAQ

  • United States + Tokyo
  • London
  • Hong Kong
  • Berlin
  • When and how do I apply for a summer associate position?

    Second-year law students should check with their Career Services office or check our On-Campus Interviews list to determine if the firm is interviewing on-campus or if candidates should apply directly to the firm. First-year law students should check with their Career Services office to determine the date on which they may start applying to law firms for summer associate positions.

    Learn more about applying to MoFo >

  • Which MoFo offices have summer programs for U.S. law students?

    All U.S. offices and Tokyo host summer programs for U.S. law school students.

  • What should I bring to my interview?

    Please bring resumes and law school transcripts for on-campus interviews. We also recommend that you bring extra copies of resumes and law school transcripts when you come into the office for call-back interviews. If you are invited for a call-back interview, please also provide a list of references.

  • How long will my call-back interview last?

    You should expect to spend roughly two to four hours with us during your call-back interview. Most candidates will meet about four to six partners and associates during the call-back interview. We encourage you to let your recruiter know if you would like to interview with specific practice groups, attorneys of color, women, and/or LGBT attorneys.

  • Am I required to go to lunch on a call-back interview?

    Some offices may invite you to lunch following your interview. You are not required to go to lunch on a call-back interview, but we think it offers an excellent opportunity for a free lunch and for you to meet with MoFo associates in a less formal setting. If a post-interview lunch is being offered, you will see it at the time you sign up for your call-back interview.

  • What expenses will the firm reimburse?

    Our recruiting staff will provide information on our travel reimbursement policies for local and nonlocal call-back interviewees. You will be required to complete an Interview Expense Reimbursement Request.

  • How long will it take to find out if I will receive an offer?

    Your recruiter will let you know when you should expect to hear from us following your interview.

  • After I receive an offer, may I return to the office to meet more lawyers?

    Yes, we encourage you to come back and meet more of us. You may request to meet with attorneys in specific practice areas, attorneys of color, women, LGBT attorneys, or attorneys from your law school. If you are from outside the geographic area, check with your recruiter regarding returning for a post-offer visit. If you are interested, your recruiter will also give you the names of summer associates from a previous summer to “give you the scoop.”

  • How long is the summer program?

    Our summer program is 10 weeks in length. Summer associates generally arrive on one of two arrival dates in May or June.

  • May I split the summer between two MoFo offices?

    Summer associates who wish to split their summer between MoFo offices are required to interview with both offices and must receive offers from both offices. If you receive offers from two MoFo offices, you may, with their permission, split the summer between them. Any requests to split between offices must be presented to the local recruiters during the call-back process.

  • Will I get my own office and secretary?

    This varies by office. In some offices, summer associates will share an office with another summer associate; in others, they may receive their own office. All offices provide secretarial support to their summer associates but not all offices have individual secretarial assignments.

  • How are assignments distributed during the summer program?

    Summer work coordinators — a recruiting coordinator, partner, or one to two associates — distribute work assignments using a central assignment system.

  • Can I receive assignments from all practice areas, or just one practice area?

    Based on the office and your practice area interest(s), you may be assigned to a specific practice group. In offices where summer associates are not assigned to a specific practice group, we encourage you to use the summer to explore your interests. If, during the summer, you develop an area of interest, you may specify that you would prefer to concentrate primarily in that area. In offices where summer associates are assigned to a practice group, it is expected that they will receive most of their work assignments from that practice area, with an option to explore other areas early in the summer, if desired.

  • What should I wear to work?

    Our dress code is business casual — clothing that is comfortable, yet neat and professional. Remember, as a summer associate, you represent the firm to visitors and clients. During the summer, you should keep in your office appropriate professional attire in the event you are invited to observe court appearances or attend client meetings.

  • Do summer associates travel for work-related assignments?

    Occasionally, summer associates may travel for work-related assignments. For example, a summer associate may be asked to travel for corporate due diligence purposes or trial-related matters.

  • What type of work can I expect to receive? Can summer associates work on pro bono matters?

    As a summer associate, you will receive assignments that we consider appropriate for first- and second-year associates, including legal research; drafting legal memoranda, court papers, and corporate documents; performing due diligence; and participating in other transactional and litigation matters. We recognize the importance of giving back to our communities and one of our most important policies is to treat our pro bono work in the same manner we treat our billable work. Summer associates are encouraged to volunteer for pro bono projects.

  • How does the review/evaluation process work?

    Summer associates receive scheduled informal feedback midsummer and a formal evaluation at the end of summer. Attorneys are also encouraged to provide informal feedback to summer associates after each project throughout the summer.

  • How much partner contact is there? Are partners accessible?

    All summer associates will have the opportunity work with partners. MoFo maintains an open-door policy which encourages interaction among all lawyers. There also are many social events that take place over the summer that provide opportunities to meet partners.

  • How diverse is MoFo?

    We take pride in promoting a diverse workplace. We believe that lawyers with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences working together arrive at better answers and offer fresher perspectives. Read more about the firm’s commitment to diversity. For additional questions regarding our diversity initiatives, please contact Natalie Kernisant, our Director Attorney Diversity and Inclusion, at (212) 336-4352 or Nkernisant@mofo.com.

  • What types of training programs do you provide for summer associates?

    Each office offers a number of orientation and training programs specifically designed for summer associates to help integrate you into the office, the practice, and the firm. During the summer, you also will be invited to attend regular practice group training sessions, and you will have access to the firm’s Knowledge Exchange and online training programs.

  • Are summer associates assigned mentors?

    As a summer associate, you will be assigned one or more mentors to help you acclimate to firm life.

  • What social activities are planned for the summer?

    Our summer program is designed so that you can meet as many of us as possible and get to know us on an informal basis. In addition to informal lunches and dinners with lawyers, each office plans a wide variety of fun and interesting special events, including sporting events and cultural events as well as events that reflect each office’s unique geographic and cultural attributes.


  • When and how do I apply?

    The application deadline is December 31 every year for the following year’s Summer Vacation Scheme and for training contracts two years in advance. Learn more about applying to MoFo >

  • What’s involved in the interview process?

    The first interview is with two associates and a member of our recruitment team. Second interviews are with our training principal, another partner, and a current trainee. Candidates deliver a topical presentation and also have time to review and discuss a case study with two associates.

  • How long are the programs? When do they start?

    For our Summer Vacation Scheme, we run two sessions of two weeks, in June and July. The two-year London training contract comprises four six-month seats. New contracts begin each year in September.

  • What type of work can I expect to receive?

    Summer students will shadow a different partner, senior lawyer, or associate in each of the two-weeks they are with the firm. We also encourage our summer students to get work from other lawyers in the office.

    Trainee solicitors are given a significant amount of responsibility. Typical assignments include legal research, drafting correspondence, legal memoranda, meeting notes and corporate documents, performing due diligence, attending client meetings, and participating in other transactional matters. Trainees have the opportunity to get exposure to a number of different practice groups including capital markets, corporate, finance, litigation, technology transactions and tax. There is also a possibility of a secondment to one of our international offices.

  • Will I be allowed to work on pro bono matters?

    We have a strong track record of giving back to our communities. Trainees and associates are encouraged to participate in pro bono projects.

  • How much partner contact is there? Are partners accessible?

    All students and trainees will have opportunities to work with partners. MoFo maintains an “open door” policy, which encourages interaction amongst all lawyers. Social events, regular meetings, and training sessions also provide opportunities to interact with partners.

  • What type of training programs do you provide?

    We offer orientation and training programs specifically designed to help integrate students and trainees into the London office, the practices, and the firm. Trainees are also invited to attend regular practice group training sessions, and have access to the firm's Knowledge Exchange and online training programs.

  • Do trainee solicitors travel for work-related assignments?

    Yes, trainees may travel for work-related assignments when client work requires attendance at clients’ offices.

  • Is there a review/evaluations process?

    We devote substantial effort to our career development process, including feedback on our trainees performance. In addition to ad hoc feedback, trainees receive an informal evaluation at the midpoint of each seat and formal evaluations at the end of each six-month seat.

  • What remuneration does MoFo provide?

    Summer students receive a gratuity to assist with expenses. We support trainee solicitors by reimbursing 100 percent of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and/or Legal Practice Course (LPC) course fees, plus a maintenance grant of £8,000 per annum, if the courses have not been started at the time of offer. We reimburse 50 percent of the course fees if they have already been completed at the time of offer. As well, the firm is committed to paying trainee solicitors salaries which are competitive with our peer group firms. For 2016, salaries are as follows: first year, £38,500; second year, £43,600; newly qualified, £82,000.

  • Does MoFo promote a diverse workplace?

    We continuously work to attract, develop, and retain talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds. Read more about our commitment to diversity. For additional questions regarding our diversity initiatives, please contact Natalie Kernisant, our attorney diversity and inclusion manager, at (212) 336-4352 or nkernisant@mofo.com.

  • What kinds of social activities are encouraged?

    Our programs are designed so that you can meet as many of us as possible. In addition to informal lunches and dinners with lawyers, we encourage students and trainees to be actively involved in social and charitable events. Colleagues get together regularly outside of the office, enjoying informal occasions ranging from cheese and wine events on Fridays, to post-work socials, to the unofficial “MoSnow” annual ski trip.


  • When and how do I apply?

    Summer intern candidates should apply between January and February of their penultimate year. Trainee candidates should apply between April and June of their penultimate year. Learn more about applying to MoFo >

  • How long are the programs? When do they start?

    Summer internships take place in June and July and last for one month. The two-year Hong Kong training contract starts in September every year.

  • What type of work can I expect to receive?

    Interns and trainees are given as much responsibility as possible. Typical assignments include drafting correspondence, legal memoranda, meeting notes, and corporate documents, performing due diligence and legal research, attending client meetings, and participating in other transactional matters. The two-year training program includes work in at least three different practice areas (from among capital markets, mergers and acquisitions/private equity, technology transactions, and litigation/arbitration), as required by the Law Society of Hong Kong. We believe secondments are an invaluable part of your development, so trainees may also gain experience at one of our international offices through our trainee exchange program. All interns and trainees will have an opportunity to work with lawyers from (and qualified in) a wide range of jurisdictions, directly within the Hong Kong office and also indirectly within our network of offices across Asia and the world.

  • Will I be allowed to work on pro bono matters?

    We recognize the importance of giving back to our communities. Interns and trainees are encouraged to volunteer for pro bono projects and community action initiatives.

  • What type of training programs do you provide?

    We offer orientation and training programs specifically designed to help integrate interns and trainees into the Hong Kong office, the practices, and the firm. Trainees are also invited to attend regular practice group training sessions, and have access to the firm's Knowledge Exchange and online training programs.

  • How much partner contact is there? Are partners accessible?

    All interns and trainees will have opportunities to work with partners. MoFo maintains an “open door” policy, which encourages interactions amongst all lawyers. The firm also holds social events and regular meetings to facilitate interaction among interns, trainees, paralegals, associates, partners, and other staff.

  • What remuneration does MoFo provide?

    Hong Kong summer interns receive a gratuity to assist with expenses. Once you accept a training contract with us, you become part of the firm, and your training and development starts straight away. We will provide you with fees for the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) conversion exam (if you graduated overseas), fees for the PCLL course, a stipend during the PCLL course, and a joining salary that is highly competitive with the other premier firms in the market.

  • Is there a review/evaluation process?

    We devote substantial effort to our career development process, including feedback on participants’ performance. You will be given help to evaluate your strengths and identify your developmental needs — both informally and through formal reviews with your supervisors.

  • Does MoFo promote a diverse workplace?

    We continuously work to attract, develop, and retain talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds. Read more about our commitment to diversity. For additional questions regarding our diversity initiatives, please contact Natalie Kernisant, our attorney diversity and inclusion manager, at (212) 336-4352 or nkernisant@mofo.com.

  • What kinds of social activities are encouraged?

    Formal and informal social events are arranged for you to meet others in your program as well as our partners and associates.

  • What should I wear to work?

    Our dress code is business casual — clothing that is comfortable, yet neat and professional. Remember, you represent the firm to visitors and clients. You should keep in your office appropriate professional attire in the event you are invited to attend court or client meetings.


  • When and how do I apply?

    There is no application deadline for trainee solicitors (Referendare) and research assistants (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter). We recruit trainee solicitors and research assistants throughout the year. Learn more about applying to MoFo >

  • Do you have specific academic requirements?

    Our candidates should have strong academic credentials (Prädikatsexamen) and preferably proven proficiency in English.

  • What is involved in the interview process?

    The interview will be held with several partners and includes questions about previous experiences, interests and priorities.

  • What type of work can I expect to receive?

    Trainee solicitors and research assistants are given as much responsibility as possible. Typical assignments include drafting correspondence, legal memoranda, meeting notes and corporate documents, performing due diligence and legal research, and participating in other transactional matters. A significant proportion of our work has an international dimension and you can expect to work with colleagues in the U.S. and Asia on a regular basis. We believe secondments are an invaluable part of your development, so outstanding candidates may also gain experience in one of our international offices.

  • Will I be allowed to work on pro bono matters?

    We recognize the importance of giving back to our communities. Trainee solicitors and research assistants are encouraged to participate in pro bono projects. This includes German domestic projects, including providing legal help for refugees, as well as participation in more international projects together with colleagues from abroad. An overview of our global pro bono activities can be found here.

  • How much partner contact is there? Are partners accessible?

    All trainee solicitors and research assistants will have opportunities to work with partners on a regular basis. MoFo maintains an “open door” policy, which encourages interaction amongst all lawyers. You will be given the opportunity to attend social events and regular team and office meetings, which all provide opportunities to get to learn more about the firm, and the chance to interact with lawyers at all levels.

  • Are trainee solicitors (Referandare) and research assistants (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter) assigned mentors?

    All trainee solicitors and research assistants are assigned to a mentor when they start with the firm. The mentor is usually a senior lawyer. In most cases the mentor is not linked to your practice group and will give you general guidance through the life at a law firm. Mentoring sessions will be held informally over lunch.

  • What type of training programs do you provide?

    We offer orientation and training programs specifically designed to help integrate trainee solicitors and research assistants into the German office, the practices and the firm. Our offerings include:

    • Opportunity to participate in the MoFo Academy that is partly hosted in collaboration with Bucerius Law School
    • A mentoring program that assigns you to a senior lawyer during your tenure at MoFo
    • Weekly English courses
    • Online/VC training programs hosted by our international offices and access to the firm’s Knowledge Exchange and online training programs
    We devote significant effort to our career development process, including feedback on participants’ performance. You will be given help to evaluate your strengths and identify your developmental needs, both informally and through formal reviews with your mentors.

  • What remuneration does MoFo provide?

    The firm is committed to paying trainee solicitors and research assistants salaries which are competitive with our peer group firms. Generally, we offer the following packages:

    • Trainee Solicitors (Referendare): We pay EUR 800 per weekly working day per month, i.e., for three working days over a month we pay EUR 2,400.
    • Research Assistants (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter): Your compensation depends on your academic credentials and is calculated as follows:
      • If you have taken the first state exam, you will receive compensation in the amount of EUR 750 per weekly working day over a month;
      • If you have taken the first and the second state exam, you will receive compensation in the amount of EUR 1,000 per weekly working day over a month.
      It is preferred to work at least three days per week. Alternative arrangements can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

  • Are there opportunities to join the firm when I have completed my training?

    We have successfully hired a number of our trainee solicitors (Referandare) at the Berlin office and see this as an important source of our future talent.

  • Does MoFo promote a diverse workplace?

    We continuously work to attract, develop, and retain talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds and were recently nominated for the azur Award in the category diversity in recognition of our efforts.

  • What kinds of social activities are encouraged?

    Formal and informal social events, e.g., our regular MeetMoFo events, are arranged for you to meet others in your program as well as our partners and associates.

  • What should I wear to work?

    Our dress code is business casual. Remember, you represent the firm to visitors and clients.