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About Allen & Overy

We’re Allen & Overy, for ninety years, we’ve been at the forefront of the legal industry by finding new ways of meeting the challenges that our clients face. In today’s ever-changing world, we continue to break new ground. We work with companies, organisations and governments on issues of incredible scope and complexity. We’re a pioneering, forward-thinking business; the only one to have topped the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm ranking six times.

An exciting career is there for the taking. Our trainees can expect a rewarding experience that will prepare them to succeed. In each of their seats they’ll support a senior associate or partner, with exposure to work that crosses departments and borders – a lot of the firm’s work involves two or more jurisdictions. Our trainees also have the chance to spend six months in one of our internationals offices, or on secondment to one of our clients.

As the legal industry evolves, we’re proud to have the resources, the vision and the mind-set to equip our people to operate in the legal landscape of the future. For trainees, this means an in-house training programme characterised by flexibility and choice – like the chance to take a litigation course alongside their rotations. As we strive to be at the cutting edge, bringing technology to the legal sector like never before, our future relies on technology and graduates with open minds.

This is an opportunity for anyone to reach their potential, around half our trainees have a degree in a subject other than law – we will help you develop into an exceptional lawyer and learn to do work of the highest possible standard. We provide a supportive learning environment and encourage you to challenge the status quo.

First-year opportunities

A&O First is our work experience programme for students in their first year of a three-year course or second year of a four-year course. Providing you with an insight into the skills needed to be a successful lawyer, this scheme gives you exposure to a commercial environment and the opportunity to start carving your career path and building a network with our people.. You can apply between 11th January and 11th February 2021. Find more details and the online application form on our website.

Vacation Scheme

Allen & Overy offers vacation scheme opportunities to students and graduates from all degree disciplines. Each year we have two schemes across winter and summer, if you are an undergraduate you need to be in your penultimate or final year of study to be eligible to apply.

For full details about our academic requirements, the skills and attributes we look for and the application process, please visit our website.

Training Contracts

The Allen & Overy Training Contract is characterised by flexibility and choice. It’s a chance to really discover life as a lawyer, the seat structure ensures that you get to see as many parts of the firm as possible and that your learning is hands-on and guided by a senior associate or partner. Trainees are required to spend a minimum of 12 months in at least two of the three core departments of Banking, Corporate and International Capital Markets to really discover the depth of the firm, and find the opportunities that appeal to them. The firm offers its trainees the option of completing a litigation course. This means that trainees do not need to spend time in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department to gain their contentious experience if they are sure their interests lie elsewhere. There are also opportunities for trainees to undertake an international or client secondment during their final year of training.


We are looking for candidates who are predicted or have already achieved a 2:1 degree and 136 UCAS points (AAB), or equivalent at A-Level, who can demonstrate the drive and commitment to pursue a career in commercial law. Technology aware and quick to adapt; our well-organised trainees need to be effective team players with an eagerness to learn.


Working at Allen & Overy offers an exceptional range of benefits, including: season ticket and cycle-to-work loans, a health and wellbeing centre including in-house GP, physiotherapist, dentist and dental plan, an on-site fitness centre and sports hall plus in-house beauty and wellbeing therapies, as well as access to a wide range of discounted goods and services. In the UK, we currently provide access to support through our Employee Advice Line and Private Medical Insurance. All trainees globally have free access to wellbeing apps (Headspace and Unmind.)


We will pay full fees for the PGDL and LPC and maintenance grants.

Requirements for Application

Apply online via Students and graduates from all degree disciplines can submit applications for our Summer Vacation Scheme & Training Contract opportunities from 3rd August 2020 until 20th December 2020. If it’s the Winter Vacation Scheme you are interested in applying to, please apply by 18th October 2020.

Allen & Overy is proud to be a disability confident employer. We work with MyPlus who support the 15% of disabled students and graduates applying for jobs, internships and placements. What does this mean? Click here to find out more here.


Best Student Employer

Awarded 8th in Law Best 100 Student Employers 2020-2021


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