O’Melveny O’Melveny

  • US Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 3

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: Varies

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 50



  • 0207 088 0000
  • Warwick Court
    5 Paternoster Square
    EC4M 7DX


O’Melveny is a leading international law firm with approximately 750 lawyers practising in 15 offices in the key US, Asian and European economic and political centres.  Globally, O’Melveny’s capabilities span virtually every area of legal practice.  The London office has both a transactions department - which advises on private equity, corporate finance, M&A and investment funds matters - as well as an international litigation department, with antitrust and competition services support provided through the Brussels office.  London also has the key transactional support functions which are essential to a leading corporate practice, such as tax and regulatory. 

The London office is known for its entrepreneurial leadership and commitment to excellence, both of which underpin its approach to recruitment.  Each year a number of our partners and senior counsel are recognised in the Chambers UK guide as leaders in their practice areas. 

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Training Contract

We believe our trainees are the future of our London office, and we’ve invested in that future by developing a training programme that is designed to turn you into a leading practising lawyer.

We tailor our training programme to you – to advance your legal knowledge, practice skills, and confidence – and we use a wide variety of workshops, seminars, and case studies to help you succeed.

In addition, all of our lawyers are given training to develop skills in areas such as presenting and networking.  As a trainee you are given the opportunity to contribute to internal and external legal briefings and to attend external courses and presentations that are of particular interest to you. Trainees work in a very supportive and inclusive environment, with regular formal and informal feedback. 

Individual preferences can usually be taken into account when tailoring the London training programme, subject to completing the core competencies.   Trainees complete seats with partners or senior lawyers usually in each of the corporate, finance, funds and litigation practices.  O’Melveny trainees are also regularly seconded overseas to the Hong Kong and Brussels offices.  They are encouraged to be proactive and take responsibility at an early stage. 

We place great importance on training lawyers at all levels, so at O’Melveny training doesn’t stop at the end of your training contract. Many of our lawyers are leaders in their fields, and we invest heavily in training to keep them there.

Vacation Scheme

If you are interested in experiencing life at O’Melveny London prior to applying for a training contract, please apply for a place on our annual vacation scheme. As a vacation scheme student, you will work for one week within practice groups alongside associates. This experience will provide you with a hands-on understanding of the work lawyers do and insight into how our business operates. Throughout your placement you will tackle assignments set and assessed by associates and attend formal training sessions and workshops. You will receive ongoing support and feedback and will have many opportunities to talk to associates, counsel, and partners on a more informal basis at organised social events or over a game of table football.

Salary & Benefits

First-year trainee salary– £44,000;  Second-year trainee salary – £48,000; NQ – Competitive

Once a candidate has been offered and has accepted a training contract with us, the Firm will sponsor all future GDL/LPC tuition fees, as well as provide a maintenance grant of £8,000.

Our London office enjoys an active social calendar, including a summer event and Christmas party. 

Trainees receive a full benefits package including:

  • 25 days holiday
  • employer pension contributions 
  • private medical insurance 
  • life assurance 
  • travel insurance 
  • dental plan 
  • interest-free season ticket loan 
  • employee assistance programme 
  • discounted gym membership
  • cycle to work scheme 


Once a candidate has been offered and has accepted a training contract with us, the Firm will sponsor all future GDL/LPC tuition fees, as well as provide a maintenance grant of £8,000. 


The London office seeks to recruit high-calibre graduates for training contracts each year.  Successful candidates need to have proven academic ability, heading for a 2:1 or above, excellent communication skills, a commitment to teamwork, and the ability to carry real responsibility from the outset.  Sound commercial awareness and an appreciation of the context in which we and our clients operate are also essential.

We welcome applications from both law and non-law students, as well as from graduates in different stages of studies or career levels.

Interviews are conducted at our London office.  Candidates will have an interview with two partners, one of whom will be the graduate recruitment partner.  In advance of the interview, we will also ask each candidate to prepare a short piece of work to be presented to two attorneys on the day of the interview.  Candidates may also be asked to complete an independent online aptitude test.

Candidates who proceed to the second round will return to our London office for another interview, usually with at least two other partners.  If you are selected for a vacation scheme placement, we will hold second round interviews towards the end of your vacation scheme week with us.

We reimburse all UK travel for both first and second round interviews. 


If you are a law undergraduate studying at a UK university, you may apply during or after your penultimate year.  If you are a non-law graduate, you may apply during or after your final year.

Applications for both our vacation scheme and training contracts must be submitted through our online portal here.

Applications are reviewed after the following deadlines:

Vacation scheme for summer 2019: 31 January 2019

Training Contract commencing summer 2021: 30 June 2019

Please note, we are unable to accept applications via post or email.