Overseas seat options

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Picking a firm for its overseas opportunities can be well worth the effort.


To bolster their international operations and help make their lawyers more globally minded, law firms have taken to sending their trainees on international secondments. You'll usually go abroad for an entire six-month (or four-month) seat and rack up some great experiences in the process. In the more petite international offices, trainees' work is often more vital, meaning a nice bump in responsibility for the duration of their travels.

Overseas stints are highly sought after, particularly those in locations like New York and Paris. Certain other cities – Brussels, DubaiHong Kong and Singapore – are particularly common destinations for sending trainees to. If you want to go abroad and don't mind where you go, these are the likeliest contenders.

Some firms are known for sending trainees to unusual locations. For example, Slaughter and May sends trainees to Barcelona, Toronto and Oslo; Clyde & Co trainees can go to San Francisco and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and CMS offers seats in Bucharest and Rio de Janeiro. Note that certain firms, especially the magic circle, will offer several seats at a time in locations like Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt or Dubai.

White & CaseWhite & Case offers all its trainees a guaranteed seat abroad.
Read our
 'firm spotlight' feature on White & Case's international seats for more.

New York is probably the most popular secondment destination among trainees, and doing a seat here is always a competitive business which may require some lobbying of lawyers in the US. To get the Inside View on life as a young lawyer in the US why not check out our sister publication for US law students Chambers Associate.

Finally, remember that overseas seat options are always changing based on the staffing needs of each office. The information below was provided to the Chambers Student Guide in summer 2018. If you have your heart set on a secondment to a certain location do check with a firm to hear its latest secondments options.

If the name of the city below is listed in red, then you can click on it to find out more about being a trainee in that overseas destination.

 

   Abu Dhabi Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner ▪ Cleary ▪ Clifford Chance ▪ Dentons ▪ Eversheds Sutherland  HFW ▪ Linklaters ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Trowers & Hamlins ▪ Vinson & Elkins ▪ White & Case
     
  Amsterdam Clifford Chance ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  Athens Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Bahrain Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Trowers & Hamlins
     
  Bangkok DLA Piper ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Beijing Clifford Chance ▪ CMS ▪ White & Case
     
  Berlin Slaughter and May
     
  Bermuda
Kennedys
     
  Boston
Latham & Watkins
     
  Brisbane Herbert Smith Freehills
     
  Brussels Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst Baker McKenzie ▪ Bird & Bird ▪ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner ▪ CMS Covington & Burling ▪ Dechert ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Sidley Austin ▪ Skadden ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Squire Patton Boggs
     
  Bucharest CMS
     
  Buenos Aires Cleary
     
  Chicago Mayer Brown
     
  Doha Eversheds Sutherland
     
  Dubai Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner ▪ CMS ▪ Covington & Burling ▪ Dentons ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Eversheds Sutherland ▪ Gowling WLG ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Jones Day ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Simmons & Simmons ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood Trowers & Hamlins ▪ Vinson & Elkins ▪ Watson Farley & Williams ▪ White & Case
     
  Dublin Dechert ▪ Simmons & Simmons
     
  Frankfurt Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Clifford Chance ▪ Linklaters ▪ Mayer Brown  Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ White & Case
     
  Geneva Charles Russell Speechlys ▪ HFW ▪ Sidley Austin ▪ White & Case ▪ Withers
     
  Guangzhou Gowling WLG
     
  Hong Kong Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Akin Gump ▪ Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner ▪ Cleary ▪ Clifford Chance  Debevoise & Plimpton ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Eversheds Sutherland ▪ Freshfields ▪ Gibson DunnHerbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ KennedysKirkland & Ellis ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Mayer Brown ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright  Ropes & Gray  RPC ▪ Sidley Austin ▪ Simmons & Simmons ▪ Skadden ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood ▪ Weil ▪ White & Case ▪ Withers
     
  Houston Vinson & Elkins
     
  Johannesburg Baker McKenzie ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ White & Case
     
  Los Angeles Latham & Watkins
     
  Luxembourg Ashurst ▪ Eversheds Sutherland
     
  Madrid Allen & Overy ▪ Bird & Bird  Clifford Chance ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  Melbourne Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell
     
  Milan Allen & Overy ▪ Clifford Chance ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright
     
  Moscow Clifford Chance ▪ Debevoise & Plimpton  DLA Piper ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Linklaters ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ White & Case
     
  Munich Clifford Chance Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Muscat Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Trowers & Hamlins
     
  New York Allen & Overy ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Cleary Davis Polk  DLA Piper ▪ Freshfields ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Kirkland & Ellis  Latham & Watkins Linklaters ▪ Reed Smith ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Skadden ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Weil ▪ White & Case
     
  Paris

Allen & Overy ▪ Bird & Bird ▪ Cleary ▪ Clifford Chance ▪ Eversheds Sutherland ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells  Latham & Watkins  Linklaters  Mayer Brown ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith  Simmons & Simmons ▪ Slaughter and May  Squire Patton Boggs  Stephenson Harwood  Travers Smith  Watson Farley & Williams  Weil  White & Case

     
  Piraeus HFW
     
  Prague CMS ▪ White & Case
     
  Rio de Janeiro CMS
     
  Rome Allen & Overy ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  San Francisco Baker McKenzie
     
  São Paulo Clifford Chance
     
  Seoul Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Stephenson Harwood
     
  Shanghai Eversheds Sutherland
     
  Singapore Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner ▪ Clifford Chance ▪ CMS ▪ Dechert ▪ Dentons ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Mayer Brown ▪ Morgan Lewis ▪ Morrison & Foerster ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith ▪ RPC  Shearman & Sterling ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood ▪ Watson Farley & Williams ▪ White & Case
     
  Stockholm Slaughter and May ▪ White & Case
     
  Sydney Baker McKenzie ▪ Bird & Bird ▪ Dentons ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  Tokyo Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Clifford Chance ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ White & Case
     
  Toulouse Dechert
     
  Washington DC Baker McKenzie ▪ Cleary
     
  Zürich Charles Russell Speechlys
     
                                                                                                                                                               

Please note: this listing is a snapshot current as of summer 2019. Overseas seat options change frequently, so always check with the firm if you have a particular destination in mind.