The Brewery

De Brauw editorial 10

We strive to attract the best international talent in the legal market: talent that will thrive where diversity of thinking is key. Since 2015, The Brewery has been an unrivalled opportunity for international graduates with 0-2 years' professional experience, (apart from internships), to launch their legal career at De Brauw. With more than 33 different languages spoken within the office, and with our global mindset, there is no better launchpad.


The Brewery welcomes a new group of international associates twice a year, in February and August. This one-of-a kind training programme for international lawyers is an unrivalled opportunity to learn 'on the job'. We are the only firm that has such an unique training programme for international associates. You will have your own clients, extensive theory and practical tuition under the supportive guidance of senior associate mentors.


Our mentors have recently walked in your shoes, they know what will help. They step aside from practice for a short period to champion you to get the best out of the programme, and out of yourself.
The Brewery supervisors are experienced international lawyers who have been in your position and will guide you every step of the way. Our Brewery associates form strong bonds with their intake peers. From this group, your network across the firm grows as, after six months, you move on to a position within one of our Litigation or Corporate practice groups.


The Brewery comprises many different courses which will develop your legal, professional and personal skills, from litigating and presenting, negotiating and entrepreneurship, through to communication and leadership. You will also participate in our 'Inside Out' programme, co-created with The School of Life. This personal development course will enrich and support your development focusing on the four pillars of Me, Culture, Society and Relationships. As an international associate, you will get the opportunity to follow specific courses to get acquainted with the Dutch culture (and even the Dutch language, if you wanted to learn).


If you are ready to apply your ability, have fun and grow - be sure to upload all of the following documents in PDF via our application portal:

  • A letter of motivation (maximum one side of A4) in English;
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (maximum two sides of A4) in English;
  • Complete transcripts of all results to include your high school, Bachelor/LLB and Master’s/LLM results (please note your GPA after your Bachelors and Master's). Note that having a finalized Master's/LLM degree before the start of our Brewery programme is a mandatory requirement;
  • Evaluation report(s) from all previous internships;
  • Your theses or any papers written in English during your Master's/LLM programme; and
  • At least two references (letters) – if applicable.

The next steps
The application deadline is 16 October at 23:55 CET. Please make sure that you upload all your documents. We will not review your documentation if it's not complete.

Stage 1: Assessments
Only selected applicants will receive an invitation to our assessments (Watson Glaser & Selection Lab) on 21 October 2022. We kindly ask you to complete the assessment on 28 October 2022 at 09:00 CET at the latest. We strongly advise you to do the practice test before starting the actual assessment.

Stage 2: English intake (assessing motivation and English skills)
The hiring committee will make the selection after we have received all the assessment results combined with your application documents. If you pass this selection, you will be invited for the English intake and first round of interviews on 4 November 2022.

(Please note that this English intakes will be on 1 & 2 November 2022).

Stage 3: Interviews by partners (round 1) (via Zoom)
If you pass the English intake, you will be invited for the first round of interviews with partners. This will be two one-to-one interviews with partners from different practice groups on the following subjects: reasons for applying and teamwork; analytical skills; stress resistance and flexibility.

* You are only invited for the first round of interviews if you pass the English intake. If you don't pass the English intake, we will inform you and your application process ends here.
** Please let us know your availability on 31 October for the period between 7 November – 11 November to schedule the interview. It would be great if you can be as flexible as possible during this period.

Stage 4: Interviews by partners (round 2) (in the Amsterdam office)
On 16 November 2022 (at the latest), we will let you know if you passed the first round of interviews. If so, you will be invited for the second round of interviews. This round has the same set up as the first round of interviews (two one-to-one interviews with a partner) on the following subjects: core values and self-reflection; analytical skills and argumentation skills.

* Please let us know your availability on 17 November for the period between 22 November – 29 November (excl weekend), so we can schedule your interviews. Again, it would be great if you can be flexible as possible during this period.

Stage 5: Final Selection
On 5 December 2022 (at the latest) we will let you know if you will receive an offer to join us.

The next Brewery will begin on 13 February 2023.

Apply now!