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Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Roles: Business Management
Location: London
City: London

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A&O First Vacation Scheme

Your path to the exceptional begins here.

If you think a career in commercial law could be for you and are keen to find out more, then A&O First is a great place to start.

A&O First is much more than just work experience. It’s a programme with various touch points over the year and gives you access to a global support network designed to give you all the information, contacts and experience you need to decide whether a legal career at Allen & Overy is right for you.

The programme is packed full of insights, experiences and exposure to the work we do through work-shadowing and networking. During the scheme, we will help you boost the skills we look for in future trainees, such as technology and commercial awareness. You will see first-hand what it’s like to be part of our supportive community and get a sense of what we could help you achieve when you join us.

As part of the scheme you will have:

  • Advice and guidance from our graduate recruitment team
  • One-day workshops in April and September (depending on Covid restrictions the programme is either run virtually or in-person) where we will immerse you in the firm and all our offerings
  • Ongoing support from a trainee buddy
  • Peer support – you will get to know students from other universities and degree disciplines also on the scheme
  • The opportunity to be fast-tracked to interview for either a Vacation Scheme or Training Contract


We’re able to welcome students in their first year of a three-year (or second year of a four-year) undergraduate degree from any degree discipline.

What we look for

We’ll be looking for your drive and commitment to thrive in a legal career, alongside curiosity to find out more about the firm, our culture, the clients we work with and the sectors we operate in.

Our academic requirements are AAB (136 UCAS points) or equivalent at A-Level and on track for/achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree. We do take into account mitigating circumstances, including those relating to a disability, which may have affected your grades either at school or university and there is a space on the application form to include these.

About Allen & Overy

We’re Allen & Overy. For ninety years, we’ve been at the forefront of the legal industry, helping the world’s leading businesses to grow, innovate, and thrive. In today’s ever-changing world, we continue to break new ground, working with companies, organisations and governments on the most complex legal issues and building strong and enduring client relationships. Excelling on these challenges requires advanced technology, delivery, and innovation – which is why Allen & Overy is the only firm to have topped the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm ranking six times.

We also know that to excel, we must nurture an environment where our people are truly supported and feel that they belong. Whatever defines you, we ask you to bring your whole self to work to grow our dynamic and inclusive culture. We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which means you’re cared about for who you are, every bit as much as you’re valued for what you do. Together, we work as a team, listening and learning from one another to achieve results we could never achieve on our own.

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