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Hogan Lovells

  • Up to 50 vacancies
  • 96 trainees
  • 800 partners
  • 5000 staff

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As a global law firm, we tackle some of the most complex legal and commercial issues for our clients. So we look to recruit smart, collaborative and determined individuals from all kinds of backgrounds and with all kinds of experience. A strong academic record is important: you should have, or be on track for, a good 2.1 or above in your degree. You must also be the kind of person who adapts well to new situations, delivers on their promises and has the creativity to take ideas in new directions. Above all, you must be able to work well with others and build lasting relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

The application window for training contracts for all students is open between 20 September 2021 and closes on 31 January 2022. Applications for law students and final year non-law students reopen on 1 June 2022 and must be submitted by 31 July 2022.

Our summer vacation schemes are open to all penultimate and final-year students, as well as graduates. And we'll accept applications from 20 September 2021 until 31 December 2021.

The winter vacation scheme is for penultimate, final-year students, as well as graduates. The application window opens 20 September 2021 and closes 31 October 2021.

Insight events are scheduled for 16-17 June 2022 and 18-19 August 2022. To be considered for these, you must be in your first year of study or second year of a four year course and submit your application between 1 January 2022 and 28 February 2022. 

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Applications to

Jen Baird

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing

We’re a leading law firm, working together to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. We’re always experimenting, evolving and excelling. Because that’s what it takes to be the best. It’s what has made us into the firm we are today and shapes the firm we will be tomorrow. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, working at Hogan Lovells, you’ll always be ready.

We don’t simply deliver what’s expected; we look at things differently to ensure we deliver something more. And we always will. We are the firm building on our heritage to drive the future. Decide the future. Define the future. In all kinds of unexpected ways.

We are Hogan Lovells. Defined by difference.

For first-year students, our virtual insight events allow us to reach more widely than ever, with 100 places on offer in spring and summer. These events are packed with tailored workshops, presentations and interactive opportunities to help you find out more about life and work at Hogan Lovells. We’ll also give you top tips and advice on how to make your application for a vacation scheme or training contract stand out.

With the firm’s opportunities always highly regarded, it goes without saying that our vacation schemes – designed for penultimate and final-year students, as well as graduates – will be packed with insight and experience. What’s more, with around three quarters of trainee solicitors having taken part in a vacation scheme with us, it’s fair to say you’ll get a lot from it. You’ll delve into key practice groups, get to grips with legal research, meet the team – and imagine your future at Hogan Lovells.

But what will that future look like? Each year, we take on up to 50 graduates (from law and non-law degree subjects) as trainee solicitors. Here’s how it works: on a two-year training contract, you’ll do four six-month seats across our different practice areas. Plus, for one of those seats, you’ll have the chance to apply for an international or client secondment. You’ll also have hands-on support and the expert guidance you need. 

Your training contract is where your journey to becoming an exceptional lawyer really begins. Over two years, you’ll be work at the forefront of the global legal sector.

Every trainee’s journey is different but you can be confident you’ll be playing a meaningful role on some of the most exciting cases in world as you learn from the top legal minds in every sector. After your training contract, you’ll have the technical skills, industry-recognised qualifications and the experience, to become an exceptional lawyer.

During your two-year training contract, you’ll rotate through four seats across six different practice groups. Which, in laymen’s terms, means you’ll move around our business to experience different areas of law and work alongside new colleagues every six months as you find the area you want to pursue. Our training contract is structured so you can be immersed in our work almost immediately and develop your skills in the only way that really matters: on live projects for real clients taking real responsibility.

From autumn 2021, the route to solicitor qualification is changing. Every graduate no matter what they studied will need to pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. The LPC will no longer exist. The SQE is a centralised assessment taking in two-stage: SQE1 and SQE2. SQE1 tests your legal knowledge and SQE2 assesses practical legal skills. You’ll need to do two years of qualifying legal work experience (like a training contract) and pass a character and suitability test.

Don’t worry, we’re here to support you at every step and you’ll have access to dedicated teams who know the process inside-out. We’ve partnered with BPP University Law School and other leading law firms to create the market-leading City Consortium solicitor training programme. Our training programme will prepare you to pass all the examinations and there are few places that offer the experience you’ll get here that will directly aid your approach to assessment.

Your development is crucial to us so we’ve made sure the training is thorough, engaging and will help you succeed in your work as you progress through the training contract. The programme includes: 

A law conversion course for any non-law graduates – Postgraduate Diploma in Law (pGDL)

SQE1 preparation programme

City Consortium plus programme

SQE2 test preparation

Defined by difference, united by shared beliefs

Inclusion is at the heart of our culture. We can only deliver exceptional work when we support each other to be who we are and bring our strengths to what we do. Everyone here is defined by difference. We celebrate what makes each of us who we are and are united by a shared commitment to empower each other to do so. These aren’t just words on a page, they are values that guide every one of our interactions with everyone we work with and for.

The current maintenance grant for full-time study during the pGDL is £9,000 outside London and £10,000 within London. The current maintenance grant during the Accelerated LPC is £10,000. Maintenance grants will be available during the new City Consortium Practice programmes which will prepare future trainees for the SQE.

  • Corporate & finance
  • Merges & acquisitions
  • Private equity transactions & investment funds
  • Debt capital markets
  • Business restructuring & insolvency
  • Banking
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Resources & projects
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Pensions
  • Competition
  • Public & EU law
  • International trade
  • Private & cyber security
  • Financial services
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment
  • Commercial litigation
  • Financial services & investigations
  • Commercial litigation
  • Product & insurance law & regulation
  • Corporate litigation
  • Fraud & investigations
  • International arbitration
  • Construction & engineering
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG
Phone: 020 7296 2000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 70
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree (or equivalent)
Start salary: £47,500
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £1,596,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £996,000 (2017)
Training contract applications: 1,814 (2015)
Retention rate: 89% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 75.0% male (2021)
  • 25.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 43.0% male (2021)
  • 57.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Alicante
  • Amsterdam
  • Baltimore
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Budapest*
  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
  • Dubai
  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Jakarta*
  • Johannesburg
  • Louisville
  • Los Angeles
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Mexico City
  • Miami
  • Milan
  • Minneapolis
  • Monterrey
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Philadelphia
  • Riyadh*
  • Rome
  • San Francisco
  • São Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Shanghai Free Trade Zone
  • Silicon Valley
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Ulaanbaatar*
  • Warsaw
  • Washington
  • DC
  • Zagreb*
  • *associated offices
  • A4ID
  • Apex Charitable Trust
  • Aspire Foundation
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Disability Law Service
  • Environmental Law Foundation
  • Fair Trials International
  • Free Representation Unit
  • LawWorks
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Liberty
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • Prince’s Trust
  • Prisoners’ Advice Service
  • ProHelp
  • Refugee Council
  • Reprieve
  • Save the Children
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • UnLtd
  • Victim Support
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Bright Network
  • DiversCity
  • Ladder to Law
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Mindful Business Charter
  • MyPlus Consulting
  • Pathways Plus
  • Pathways to Law
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Sutton Trust
  • The Valuable 500
  • Working Families