Internship opportunities are usually available throughout the year, but subject to the applicant’s qualifications and grades. Our structured internship program exposes interns to all practice groups in the firm and gives them the opportunity to work closely with partners and associates on active files. A typical internship with our firm will involve:
- Research on legal issues
- Attending and observing client meetings and conference calls
- Legal writing including drafting or assisting with the preparation of legal opinions, correspondence, court papers, written submissions, contracts and others
- Assisting partners or lawyers with writing articles on legal issues or case updates
- Assisting with trial preparation
- Attending court with the firm’s litigation team to observe court proceedings
- On the job training including file management, client relationship management, ethics and related IT skills
- Attending the firm’s social events
Interns are required to prepare an internship report at the end of the program and will be given constructive feedback on their performance.
Our internship placements typically range from 4 – 12 weeks. It is our preference that interns complete at least 1 year of their LLB degree before applying.
Read our application requirements here.
THE DONOVAN & HO INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
“Observe, Digest, Learn and Grow” would conclude my takeaway of my internship with Donovan & Ho. The firm has great workplace culture which supports involvement and prioritises individual development. The supportive, intelligent and professional individuals in the firm have cultivated an open learning environment where exposure, valuable advice and feedback were constantly given. An an intern, I was given the opportunity to explore different areas of practice and work with both the litigation and corporate team. Beyond law, I also learnt to be a better individual and a good team player simply by adopting a willingness to listen, express and discuss. I have gained a deeper insight into the legal industry, and it has certainly helped reaffirm my interest in legal practice. – Low Rui Thong
The firm has cultivated an optimal learning environment as members of the firm were very willing to impart their knowledge. Working alongside experienced partners, associates and the admin team bolstered my teamwork and interpersonal communication, equipping myself with soft skills that go beyond technical skills. The firm also demonstrates the highest quality of professionalism without compromising the “human aspect” of law. I have witnessed associates putting in great effort to put themselves in clients’ shoes and ensure that the clients’ needs are met as best they can. The level of satisfaction that clients often express is a testimony to the standard of quality that the firm upholds, and I aspire to be a lawyer who is empathetic and relatable. – Tiffany Chin
My internship at Donovan & Ho has been a genuine glimpse into life in the legal profession. The team at Donovan & Ho has true passion and dedication for their craft. The firm showed me the etiquette and standard one in the profession should conduct themselves with. Their appreciation of the law and understanding of their client’s needs is nothing short of inspiring. My time at Donovan & Ho has been invaluable and I could not have hoped for a more holistic and impactful internship experience to prepare myself for legal practice. – Chloe Tan
Unlike conventional internships with a value unfulfilled, this firm has constructed for itself a programme capable of departing from the norm. For the first time, I met lawyers who took the time and had the patience to go out of their way to share knowledge about the law and insights into the profession. Everything from explaining basic procedures, meeting clients with different needs, and teaching the necessity of making calculated and precise decisions; these things accumulate to support an invaluable experience outside of law school. – Quek Han Yang
This internship afforded me exposure to various other sectors of law, like corporate law, employment law and litigation. This has deepened my understanding of the legal sector in general, as well as these branches of law specifically. I am now more able to assess which area of the law I am interested in, to make an informed choice as to what I would like to specialise in in the future – Denise Tia
During my time here, I was able to finally understand why Donovan & Ho is an award winning boutique firm and why its internship programs are so highly regarded on online forums and websites. I also really appreciate everyone for always making sure that I am constantly learning on the job. Apart from that, the camaraderie and positive office culture has definitely left an everlasting impression on me and I cannot think of a better way and place to enrich myself during this period of time while waiting to be called to the Bar. – Yeoh Kai Shin
As someone who intends to pursue law in the near future, I was able to gain immense insight and real life experiences of the dealings of a law firm which was truly eye opening. Getting the chance to participate in a Writ for Seizure and Sale, for example, is something that I would never get to do in law school and this are one of the many perks of undergoing an internship at this firm. I was given the opportunity to assist in real, on-going cases which provided invaluable experience. – George Teng
The camaraderie of members of this firm coupled with the extensive exposure provided have given me an experience of a lifetime despite my short placement here. This firm is a testament to the fact that work-life balance does not have to be compromised for professionalism and efficiency. The key takeaway from Donovan & Ho is their impeccable work ethics and how it has become my personal standard to achieve as I begin my foray into legal practice. – Denise Choo