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Work Experience at Allen & Overy

Every summer, Allen & Overy gives 200 students from state schools access to a high-quality work experience programme in our London office. This year, we extended our scheme to Hong Kong, following the programme’s success in India and South Africa.

In 2017, Smart Start was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for ‘Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility’. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are presented to businesses for outstanding achievement. This award recognises the contribution of A&O in broadening access to the le​gal profession through initiatives such as PRIME and The Smart Start Experience. 

The Smart Start Experience is also the only work experience scheme in the UK legal sector to be accredited by City & Guilds. This means all those who attend the full week-long programme in London gain a formal certificate of achievement.  

Through Smart Start, we want to inspire talented and ambitious young people to consider a career in business.  We equip our students (who are either eligible for free school meals or will be the first generation in their family to go to university) with the skills and belief to take their first steps on the career ladder. ​ 

Read more about the Smart Start programme here.

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Applications for Smart Start 2019 are now open​. You will need to ask a Teacher for a recommendation which we need to receive before 14 December 2018 and you need to have completed your submission by 8 February 2019.   

Read more about the Smart Start Experience in Hong Kong, India and South Africa




The Smart Start Experience contact

Sue Wisbey

One Bishops Square
London E1 6AD​

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