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Allen & Overy Graduate Careers

Find out everything about this Magic Circle law firm, from its areas of expertise to its secondment opportunities and more. 

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Allen & Overy

Despite being a large, international law firm, with over 5,500 employees worldwide, the supportive, welcoming environment at Allen & Overy can make it feel much smaller. Trainees sit alongside a partner or associate during every one of their seats, providing you with personalised support. This expert guidance means trainees are trusted with work important to the firm’s biggest, high-profile deals at an early stage.

During your training contract, you’ll receive guidance that will enable you to flourish both personally and professionally. Trainees attend workshops designed to develop your soft skills, such as communication and time management. You’ll also be encouraged to attend talks on issues such as diversity and inclusion and mental health and wellbeing. 

A career at an international law firm allows you to collaborate with lawyers worldwide, working across numerous jurisdictions. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity, and the experience will strengthen your communication skills. There’s even the option for an international secondment, or to complete pro bono work that serves communities abroad. Past trainees have helped challenge laws criminalising LGBT communities and sought justice for torture survivors. 

At Allen & Overy, you’ll be supported regardless of your background. Past trainees have praised the fact that “you’re celebrated for who you are” at the firm, and that the focus is on your technical ability and determination to learn, as opposed to your background. International students have even found that their international experience benefits the firm, as they provide a different thought-process and a diverse perspective. 

What the firm says

A career at Allen & Overy involves working with clients across multiple jurisdictions, liaising with fellow lawyers across the globe. Recently, the firm helped Pfizer to enforce one of their medical patents, and assisted Kuwait on its first international bond issuance worth $8 billion, one of the largest ever by a sovereign state. From the beginning of your training contract, you’ll work on some of the firm’s most valuable projects, receiving guidance from partners and associates every step of the way. Current trainees have noted that “even at an early stage in my career, I feel that my work is important and appreciated.




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