Allen & Overy is one of the leading world’s law firms with headquarters in over 30 countries. It’s been featured in the top five of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firms Awards and only last lear advised 87 % of Forbes top 100 public companies around the globe. You can join the law elite by choosing one of the following schemes:

Training Contract – the two-year Training Contract is based on four 6 months rotations through a number of departments that are also known as “seats”, allowing trainees to get the full experience of what it means to work at Allen & Overy and choose their particular area of interest. Alongside the department work, trainees can gain the optional contentious experience in the Litigation Department and take the Professional Skills Courses in client care, advocacy, and financial and business skills.

Vacation Scheme –  it involves working alongside lawyers on live deals and cases, additionally successful candidates will attend compulsory law events and presentations where students can learn about the key elements of the industry.

Each year graduates can apply either for the Training Contract or for the Vacation Scheme.

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Allen & Overy Application Process

Stage 1: Online Application
Stage 2: Assessment Centre

  • Case Study
  • Strength Based Interview


Allen & Overy Online Application

Allen & Overy has a pretty straightforward, and quite short application process, that’s why it’s important to get your into your competitive mood in place to make your online application stand out from the Step 1.

Candidates are recommended to demonstrate the strongest and clear examples of the skills they can possibly bring to the table, as well as natural strengths and achievements that could be additionally valued by the company. While pitching yourself during the interview remember to show a passion and interest in the legal industry, you should also expect questions verifying your knowledge and suitability with the firm to be asked.


Allen & Overy  Assessment Centre

Case Study –   the case study at Allen & Overy takes a form of a short presentation on a topic that you will be given a short time to prepare during the assessment center. After the presentation, you will be assessed further by the interviewers asking you questions regarding the topic of your presentation.  If you are not a born speaker and feel like you could use a little bit more advice, you can check the Assessment Centre Guide, for more useful tips.

Strength-Based Interview – This will be a typical behavioural interview validating your skills and detecting strengths necessary for the job in the legal sector. If you need an advice – don’t just list your skills, try to find a variety of examples to prove them. Showing your motivation and commercial awareness should earn you a few extra points.


Application Process

Stage 1: Online Application
Stage 2: Assessment Centre




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The A&O training contract is two years and will involve 3 or 6 month rotations through different departments or practice areas where you will be paired with an associate. Once you have joined you will have the opportunity to meet with the HR manager and create a plan of which areas you will choose that are best suited to your interests. Every trainee will spend at least 12 months of the training contract in the core areas of expertise, which are Banking, Corporate and International Capital Markets. International and client secondments are also offered in order to further broaden your knowledge and awareness.

Whilst undertaking the contract you will receive much training and support. As well as support from your partnered associate, A&O also provide in-house training which covers a number of different skills which help you to develop both as a lawyer and a business person. There are also many types of formal and informal training, from lunch time seminars to one-to-one sessions. You will also complete the Professional Skills Course, which consists of three modules – client care and professional standards, advocacy and communication skills and financial and business skills. These are compulsory but you will also be offered a number of elective modules as well.

There are a number of different practice areas that are offered at Allen and Overy which you can specialise in throughout the trainee graduate programme, as well as the 3 core areas.

Corporate – the global corporate practice provides advice to clients on their high-profile and complex transactions, these clients include many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions and government bodies. The main part of this practice is mergers and acquisitions, however advice is provided on many other areas of commercial law and corporate finance, including private equity, public takeovers, joint ventures and corporate restructuring to name a few.

Banking – this practice has over 1000 lawyers worldwide and one of the largest international teams of banking and finance lawyers. They have numerous clients from corporate and financial institutions. The practice is split into 8 product lines; General Lending, Leveraged Finance, Investment Funds, Leveraged Finance, Project Finance, Real Estate Finance, Structured & Asset Finance, Financial Services Regulatory and Restructuring.

International Capital Markets – This practice includes 440 lawyers based in 44 offices across 30 countries. They cover a range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, corporate trustee and securitisation. The ICM practice also includes a group of US corporate finance lawyers. Clients in this practice include major financial institutions and issuers.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution – As well as fighting client’s corner in court litigation, international arbitration, regulatory enforcement or mediation, this practice also works at a strategic level with clients in order to identify potential issues to manage litigation risk. Clients range from global financial institutions to major international corporates. As well as their overall Litigation practice groups of Banking & Finance, Arbitration, Commercial, Employment or Intellectual Property, they have further specialist areas such as fraud, insolvency, insurance and real estate litigation.

Employment & Benefits – this area includes some of the market’s leading practitioners across Employment, Pensions and Incentives and offers advice on issues such as executive remuneration, tax issues, boardroom disputes and employee discrimination. The group works as part of an integrated team with the corporate M&A lawyers. The Employment specialists deal with all contentious and non-contentious matters such as HR policy, restructuring and dispute resolution as well as assisting clients before national courts for matters such as employment tribunals. The Pensions team handle quality advisory and litigation work for trustees and scheme sponsors as well as being involved in the Pension Risk Group. The Incentives part offers advice on equity incentive plans and tax issues.

Tax – this area works closely with other practices to advise on corporate tax implications of transactions and strategies. This means that whilst undertaking the programme with Tax, you will also work closely with other practices, clients and international colleagues. This is a very varied role with plenty of different tasks.

Real Estate – This practice delivers a full serviced to the clients including construction, environment, sales and acquisition as well as leasing, real estate finance and outsourcing to name but a few. The A&O lawyers are fully trained in all aspects of real estate in both direct and indirect real estate.