Training Contracts

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WHEN TO APPLY

If you are a law student studying in Singapore, England, USA or Australia, you should apply for a training contract in the first semester of your penultimate year.  

 

Please visit the "route to qualification" page for more information if you wish to be called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor.

We encourage applications as early as possible within our application windows. Training contract offers will be made on a rolling basis and we are therefore unable to guarantee the availability of places as we progress with these interviews.

Our recruitment starts two (2) years to three (3) years in advance of your firm start date but, from time to time, we may have places available for you to start in an earlier intake than advertised. If you are eligible to start in an earlier intake, you should mention this in your application - this can be discussed during your training contract interview and at the point of offer.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

A good bachelors degree in Law is essential.  That said, more than half of our lawyers possess postgraduate qualifications.  We aim to employ the brightest minds regardless of what or where they have studied – you will find graduates from the world's best universities at Y S CHUNG. 

Background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious beliefs and age are all irrelevant to our application process.

 

We like people with:

  • a sharp intellect – our work is intellectually demanding and so,  we do look for candidates with at least three distinctions in your GCE "A" levels (or equivalent)  and a good Second Upper or First class in your degree classification

  • energy and spark, who can inspire and motivate those around them

  • commercial awareness

  • a range of interests outside of the law

  • the ability to show grit under pressure

  • common sense, integrity and drive

  • an interesting take on things

  • above all, a good sense of humour

To thrive here, you will also need enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to accept responsibility.

All applications are considered on their own merits and we encourage you to include details of any mitigating circumstances which may have adversely affected your academic results. 

We employ the use of our Talent Recruitment System ("TRS") to help us identify candidates with high potential, by considering the applicants’ grades and achievements in the context of their social and educational background.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be submitted by email to our Human Resource Division. Every application received is reviewed by our Trainee Recruitment Team. There is no automatic filtering of applications.

Y S CHUNG is committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are barrier-free and as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition.

If you have any questions, or require any adjustments to be made to the application and/or interview process, please contact Mr. Abhishek Masih,  who is one of our Trainee Recruitment Specialists via email or on +65 6820 0772

For all other application, interview or general queries, please contact the Trainee Recruitment Team via email. 

APPLICATION ADVICE

Your cover letter should tell us about you, why you are interested in a career in law and why you are applying to Y S CHUNG.  You should also include any other information which you think may be relevant to your application. Please ensure that your cover letter is no longer than one side of A4 and address it to Ms. Ivy Lin, Head of Trainee Recruitment.

We recommend that your CV is no more than 2 sides of A4. The information included should be factual – tell us what you have done, where and when. You should include details of everything you have been involved with, whether or not these activities are related to a career in law. We want to understand your journey and how you spend your time outside of your studies.

2024 Training Contracts
If you are seeking to fulfil your training contract in 2024, we invite you to apply for a training contract from 1 September 2021.
 
2022 and 2023 Training Contracts

We continue to invite applications from exceptional candidates who intend to seek admission to the Singapore Bar in 2022 and 2023.

Please click here to submit your application. Your CV should contain the following information:

  • Personal particulars including nationality, contact details and a photograph

  • Academic transcripts at “O” levels, “A” levels (or its equivalent) and in law school to date

  • Awards, prizes and scholarships

  • Extra-curricular activities

  • Elective subject choices

  • Preferred area of practice for your traineeship

  • Anything else that you would like to share with us

By submitting your application, you consent that Y S Chung Law Corporation may collect, use and/or disclose the information / personal data contained in your application for the purpose of processing your application. Where your application contains the personal data of third parties, you confirm that you have obtained all necessary consents to provide us with such personal data and that we may collect, use and/or disclose such personal data in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012.

HONORARIUM 

We offer a generous honorarium for the duration of your Training Contract.

This includes the following:

  • A monthly honorarium of up to S$2,000.00 for the duration of the Training Contract.

  • Upon retention by the firm, your acceptance of a 1 year's contract as an Associate and admission to the Singapore Bar, you will receive:

    • Staff benefits

    • ​Full subsidy of the compulsory filing fees and stamp fees for your Call papers.

TALENT RETENTION

 

Our former interns who have successfully completed our in-house Talent Identification Programme ("T.I.P") would typically be invited to return as a Summer Associate Intern during their University recess/vacation and may be awarded a Training Contract with the firm to commence their Training Contract as a Talent on Board ("T.O.B"). 

They will be offered the most competitive honorarium when they return as Trainees at our Firm.  When they begin their legal career with the firm, they would enjoy one of the highest starting salaries as an Associate under this scheme.

  • A Talent who is retained by the firm as an Associate will enjoy the following benefits:

    • Full subsidy of compulsory filing fees and stamp fees for Call documents (capped at S$3,000)

    • Full reimbursement of the Trainee’s Part B Course fees (capped at S$10,000.00)

    • Full subsidy of all Professional membership fees for one (1) year

    • Full subsidy of Professional Insurance

    • Full subsidy of professional training courses of up to S$1,600.00

    • Medical and Dental benefits

    • Monthly honorarium of $500.00 during your Part B course;

    • Monthly honorarium of S$2,500.00 during your Training Contract;

    • In addition, you will enjoy the following additional incentives upon your admission to the Singapore Bar and your acceptance of your employment contract with the firm:

      • A starting salary of S$7,200.00 as an Associate under the T.O.B scheme.

      • Additional grooming allowance of S$1,000.00 annually;

      • Additional I.T and telecommunication allowance of S$1,000.00 annually; and

      • Additional transport allowance of S$3,000.00 annually

      • Additional personalized legal stationery of S$1,000.00 annually

      • One time Sign-on Bonus of S$15,000.00

We are a strong believer that our firm's initiatives for talent acquisition is critical as it is aligned with our organizational needs for strategic growth.

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