Internship for Legal Consultants & Summer Law Students

Put what you have learned so far into practice and explore the daily work routine in a major international law firm.


We offer unbeatable opportunities for the brightest law graduates. Competition for our training contracts is fierce because they are among the best in the industry. Our worldwide focus, wide array of practice areas and global client-base calls for exceptional skills and interests. We don’t recruit to a set formula; we’re looking for something special in each new addition to the team.

You will need a broad range of skills, a strong academic record and a portfolio of achievement in other areas. You’ll need to prove you’ve got what it takes to adapt to the reality of life in a big, global law firm. As well as analytical skills you’ll need a flair for creative thinking. You’ll have to be adaptable and show determination and drive. And you’ll need to able to deal with new ideas and new challenges.

Our training experience

Once here you will have every opportunity to develop yourself and your language skills. You’ll be exposed to an unbeatable mix of challenging work covering all areas of law. You will work in a close team of lawyers advising national and international clients on a range of issues. Your tasks will include drafting legal documents, undertaking legal research, attending client meetings and preparing internal presentations. The pace is fast: you’ll quickly gain personal responsibilities on transactions.


Legal Consultant applicants can apply any time of the year.

Summer Law Student applicants should apply in the autumn before the summer they are hoping to intern.

You can find more information in our FAQs below.

How to become part of the team?
What are the requirements to apply for an internship position in the Brussels office?

Legal Consultant candidates who apply to work in our Antitrust Competition & Trade practice are law graduates with very good grades who are fluent in English and have prior competition law experience in another law firm or institution.

Summer Law Student candidates who apply to work in our Corporate, Litigation or Tax practice are Belgian law students in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year, who have an excellent command of English, very good grades and possibly prior internship experience. Very good knowledge of their non-native French or Dutch language is a must.

How do I apply for an internship and what documents do I need to include in my application?

Your complete application file consists of a cover letter, your curriculum vitae and your university transcripts.
Please send in your application to

What are the next steps after my application?

You will receive a confirmation of receipt for your application. All applications will be reviewed promptly and you will receive a response within two weeks. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you in for interviews.

Can I choose which practice group to carry out my internship with?

In the Brussels office, Legal Consultant internships are only available in the Antitrust Competition & Trade practice, and Summer Law Student internships are available in the Corporate, Litigation or Tax practice.

Is it possible to apply for an internship at any time and for any duration?

Legal Consultant internships can be applied for at any time of the year. Summer Law Student internships should be applied for in the autumn preceding the relevant summer.

I am studying law abroad. Can I still apply for an internship?

You may apply for a Legal Consultant internship in our Antitrust Competition & Trade practice.

Summer Law Student internships are only for law students studying at Belgian universities.

Can I complete the internship at a foreign Freshfields office?

This is possible in principle. Please apply for this directly at the location of your choice. Please note that in each country we primarily handle local legal cases and require the appropriate basic knowledge for this. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate language skills in the local language so that you can assist in day-to-day business.