Allen & Overy LLP
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|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (or equivilent), 340 UCAS points (AAB)|
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Application details and method of selection
All candidates should apply online for training contracts to begin in September 2019 or March 2020.
Students currently in penultimate or final year of study, across all degree disciplines (completing studies before July 2018) can apply from 1 October - 31 December 2016.
Firm description and career prospects
Allen & Overy is a pioneering legal practice operating around the world at the frontline of developing business. By helping companies, institutions and governments tackle ever more complex issues and transactions on a global stage, it is leading the way and extending what is possible in law.
With 44 offices worldwide, plus a network of relationship firms in other locations, Allen & Overy is one of the few legal practices that can genuinely claim to be global, covering 99% of the world's economy.
For the firm's clients this means global reach and access to high-calibre, local expertise, while for trainees, it means exposure to international work, collaboration with colleagues in other offices and, in many cases, the opportunity to travel. In 2015, 73% of its transactional work involved two or more countries, 48% involved three or more, and 26% involved five or more countries.
Trainee lawyers joining the firm enter an environment characterised by advanced thinking and a global outlook. They are exposed to challenging and meaningful work from the outset, supporting a partner or senior associate in each of their training 'seats'. In addition, they are encouraged to spend six months in one of the firm's overseas offices, or on secondment to one of its corporate clients - currently around 80% of its trainees take up this opportunity.
Alongside a rich and exciting experience as a trainee, graduates can also look forward to working in a uniquely open and supportive culture. Allen & Overy has established a reputation for combining the very highest professional standards with warmth and approachability.
Regardless of their degree discipline - and around half of the firm's trainees study subjects other than law - joining Allen & Overy puts graduates at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving global market for legal services.
For candidates studying for the GDL, we will provide an annual maintenance grant of £8,000 in London (or £7,000 elsewhere in the UK). We will provide a maintenance grant of £7,000 while you take the Allen & Overy LPC.
We often hear students have a difficult time in differentiating firms. For this reason, we recommend a vacation scheme as a great way to experience first-hand our work and culture. We offer the flexibility of three schemes across winter, spring and summer with approximately 60 students joining us in each year either in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study, as well as those who have already graduated.
Through a vacation scheme, you will gain experience in one of Allen & Overy's practice areas, where you will work alongside our lawyers on real deals and cases. Before you join, we will ask you to choose the area that most interests you to ensure you get the experience you are looking for. Alongside your legal work, you will attend events and presentations about key elements of our practice while developing the skills you need to be a successful international commercial lawyer. There will also be plenty of time to socialise with our graduate recruitment team, lawyers and partners as well as the other students during your placement, which will broaden your knowledge of the firm and help to build your network.
Allen & Overy recruit around 60 vacation schemes across the year from all degree disciplines. We have opportunities for second-year students onwards, including graduates. The vacation scheme application window for finalists and graduates to apply is 1 October - 31 December 2016.
Training contract programme
The Allen & Overy training contract is characterised by flexibility and choice. The seat structure ensures that you get to see as many parts of the firm as possible and that your learning is hands-on, guided by an experienced associate or partner. Your choice of a priority seat is guaranteed unless exceptional business needs or other extenuating circumstances arise. Given the strength of the firm’s international finance practice, 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. 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.
What are our graduate opportunities?
We offer A&O training contracts 90 each year across two intakes (March and September). Applications are welcome from both law and non-law students, across all degree disciplines (completing studies before July 2018) can apply from 1 October - 31 December 2016.
Banking, corporate, international capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution, employment and benefits, tax, real estate.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
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