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Requirements for application
Send your applications to the graduate recruitment team online at www.aograduate.com. Both law and non-law students should apply from 1 August 2019 until the deadline on 22 December 2019 (20 October for winter vacation scheme).
Candidates must be predicted or have achieved a 2.1 degree, have 136 UCAS points (AAB) or equivalent, and have a genuine interest in law. Driven, future focused and creative, our trainees need to be effective team players with an eagerness to learn.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over 30 countries. We cover 99% of the world’s economy, working with companies, organisations and governments on issues of incredible scope and complexity. We’re a future forward business and the only one to have topped the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm ranking four times.
The world is changing, and we need to change with it. At A&O, our trainees can combine new ways of thinking with their knowledge of the evolving world to become lawyers of the future. Trainees who know they’re made for more can expect a rewarding experience that will help them cultivate a career that counts.
In each of their seats they’ll support associates and partners, with exposure to work that crosses departments and borders – in fact, 73% of the firm’s work involves two or more jurisdictions. Around 80% of trainees have the chance to spend six months in one of our 44 overseas offices, or on secondment to one of our various clientele – who include 87% of Forbes’ top 100 public companies.
We’re dedicated to challenging the status quo and leading the way in commercial law. We’re working to equip our people with the skills and knowledge they will need to operate and thrive in the legal landscape of the future. For trainees, this means an in-house training programme with flexibility and opportunity – like the chance to take a litigation course alongside their rotations.
Our people are talented and motivated and enjoy a supportive and collaborative environment. Around half of our trainees have a degree in a subject other than law – so whatever your academic background, we will help you develop into an exceptional lawyer of the highest possible standard.
Open days and first-year opportunities
A&O First is our work experience programme for students in their first year of a three-year course or second year of a four-year course. As well as providing you with the skills needed to be successful in our firm, it gives you real insight into a career in law and the opportunity to network with people throughout our business. The deadline for applications is on 13 February 2020. More details and the online application form can be found on our website at aograduate.com.
We also have 80 vacancies for an open day on 17 March 2020. This is open to anyone in the second year of their undergraduate degree and onwards, as well as graduates from any degree discipline, who want a greater insight into a career in commercial law and what it means to be made for more.
We pay the full fees for GDL/LPC and a maintenance grant of £10,000 for the LPC and £9,000 for the GDL. Other sponsorship support is looked at on a case-by-case basis.
Allen & Overy offers 50 vacation placements across the year from all degree disciplines. We have two schemes across winter and summer, with students joining us in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study or who have already graduated. You will gain experience in one of our practice areas, where you will work alongside our lawyers on real deals and cases. For full details about eligibility requirements and application deadlines please visit our website at www.aograduate.com.
Starting a training contract with Allen & Overy is just the beginning of what will be a stimulating and rewarding legal career. Throughout the two years of your training contract, we will work closely with you to ensure you have the right support to develop into a successful commercial solicitor.
Your training will be based on four six-month rotations (known as ‘seats’) through a number of departments or practice areas, where you will sit with a partner or an associate.
Seats are available across our practice areas, allowing trainees to experience the full range of work we do and you have the opportunity to express your preferences so you can spend time in the areas that are of particular interest (subject to business need). Our core transactional areas of expertise are banking, corporate and international capital markets, and as a trainee you will spend at least twelve months of your training contract gaining experience in at least two of these areas.
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.
- International capital markets
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & Commercial
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
|Profit per partner:||£1,210,000 (2016)|
|Training contract applications:||2,500 (2012)|
|Retention rate:||89% (2019)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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- Ho Chi Minh City
- Hong Kong
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- São Paulo
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