I really enjoyed the variety of the A&O First scheme; being able to talk to trainees and associates, do work shadowing and gain a useful insight into the application process in such a short space of time made the insight really engaging and enabled me to get a really good feel for the firm.
It was very enjoyable. The work was challenging, highly commercial, and rather technical - it was therefore very interesting but upon developing an understanding of the work it became genuinely enjoyable. The socials were also enjoyable, and everybody was welcoming and friendly. In short, both whilst working during work hours and during events outside of work hours, the experience was very enjoyable.
It was such a great experience, there was the right mixture of workshops and interactive group exercises to improve our skills and have fun with the other vacation schemers as well as time at our desks with our trainers. The social events were such good fun too!!!
I very much enjoyed the vacation scheme, and even though it was quite short it was very well-organised such that we got a good idea of A&O's work and culture. The people - at A&O, and the other students - were all very fun to be around. There was a good mixture between desk time, and other interesting presentations, and preparing for the client pitch.
The vacation scheme has been a brilliant opportunity to really increase my understanding of the work of the key departments in a large city firm and the culture and ethos at A&O. Being able to spend an extended length of time at A&O and get involved in some really challenging and worthwhile work, both on projects my trainer was undertaking and pro bono work, has provided me with a valuable insight into the friendly, collaborative and hard working culture at A&O which you can only get from attending a vacation scheme. The social events hosted for the vacation scheme students were also great fun and a brilliant way to get to know each other! The graduate recruitment team and colleagues at all levels of the firm were approachable, friendly and always offering their help. I was also taken for some amazing lunches and dinners with my team and trainees from different departments to gain a real well rounded insight into the work and people at A&O!
I had a fantastic experience on my two week vacation scheme at Allen & Overy. It served as a great introduction to the firm and its people, and I found that everyone was interesting and had a lot to talk about (both the vacation scheme students and A&O people). Would encourage anyone who is interested in a large, commercial and international firm, and likes the idea of working in a friendly environment, to apply,
The vacation scheme I was on was a fantastic insight into the world of commercial law and A&O specifically. The vacation scheme is run excellently. It is co-ordinated by the Grad Rec team superbly and we were exposed to and worked with partners, associates and trainees throughout our time.
A lot. I thought that the work was interesting and challenging. The atmosphere was pleasant to work in and everyone was nice and friendly. The facilities at the building, which we were allowed full access to, were also first rate. The people I was working for were polite, seemed interested in me and were quick and helpful to explain things that I didn't understand.
The Allen & Overy vacation scheme was extremely well organised and there was a good mix between social events, talks, assessments and learning opportunities. It was such a good way to meet people from the firm and find out what it was actually like to work for a magic circle law firm.