Received presentations from representatives of different practice groups and teams within the Firm. Had the opportunity to ask questions and to meet with trainee buddies to get an insight into all aspects of Allen & Overy.
Commercial awareness has improved through various presentations on subjects such as "How to do a deal in banking". Also learned a lot about important ESG initiatives and how the legal sector is adapting to achieve targets such as the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
The scheme consisted mainly of presentations, meaning personal responsibility was not really demanded. However, a "bingo challenge" was set over the summer which required interns to take responsibility for carrying out a number of tasks in teams.
Interns are assigned a trainee buddy who acts as a key contact point with the Firm. My buddy always answered my emails and was more than happy to have a video call to chat about my questions. He also offered to point me in the direction of his colleagues who were able to help when he wasn't best placed to answer certain questions.
The Graduate Recruitment team organised some social events to help all the interns to get to know each other. The bingo challenge over the summer also encouraged us to work together and make great connections in the process. Every member of staff I spoke to was welcoming and keen to help. We were also made aware of the various D&I initiatives the Firm supports, encouraging an inclusive environment for all.
I thouroughly enjoyed getting to learn about all aspects of the Firm, from its wider culture to the structure of individual practice groups. The buddy programme really helped to feel like I was a part of the Firm and everyone I spoke to was more than willing to help.
Make sure to understand Allen & Overy as a Firm. Research its culture and ethos, as well as key sectors and clients. Keep up to date with developments in the news in these fields. General awareness of processes such as acquisitions and key commercial transactions is helpful. Don't be afraid to let your personality come across in interviews as the Graduate Recruitment team are interested in finding out who you are as a person.
Internship (1-4 Months)