• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • During the first two days in April, we heard from Partners about the impact of ESG, Technology and AI on Commercial Law, completed a banking session on the timeline of a transaction, and had a session on project finance, entailing the importance of ESG considerations when advising major International Banks. In September, we visited the offices in London, and gained an invaluable insight into the application process, and learned about various diversity initiatives.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I developed my networking skills through talking to various associates and fellow First Year Schemers, and gained valuable insight into how to deal with the case study interview.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • It was very informative to hear from various different associates and partners about their work and experience in their own respective departments, and it highlighted to me the areas which I would be excited to work in. These included Corporate Crime, Employment and Banking.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • After hearing from Allen and Overy's Trainee Social Liaison Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, and the Mental health and Wellbeing Committee, it was clear that whilst Allen and Overy had a high-performance culture, it is also a genuinely friendly and supportive firm. This was reinforced by my visit to the firm where everyone I spoke to seemed genuinely eager to give advice, and all spoke about their colleges with the utmost respect.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • The insight programme was highly enjoyable, everyone who spoke to us was very engaged in providing us with as much information and advice as they could. No questions were left unanswered, and we were throughly catered for, and had a drinks scheduled for the end of the night. This was an excellent way to end the day and discuss future plans.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Allen & Overy
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Allen & Overy to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Allen & Overy
  • Do thorough research to ensure the culture is right for you, and that you are aware of the application and interview process as each firm differs slightly in their approaches.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


Central London and City

September 2021

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