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Students and graduates in Beijing and Shanghai

Seize the opportunity to build your future by doing empowering work on a global scale.

At Allen & Overy we recruit exceptionally talented, dedicated people to work at the forefront of global businesses. You’ll be part of headline-making, precedent-setting deals, get outstanding training and development, and be mentored by some of the world’s most respected legal experts.

We’re a diverse group of people united by a common outlook, and you don’t need a law degree to apply. But if you want a challenging, exciting career that will push you outside your comfort zone, we want to hear from you.

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What we offer

Internship Programme

We offer unrivalled training and experiences to take you beyond technical excellence and set you up for wherever your career takes you. An internship is the best way to experience who we are and how we work. You’ll enjoy in-depth practical, hands-on experience while working alongside associates and trainees on real deals and active cases. You’ll also attend various in-house workshops and regular training sessions that will make the most of your potential. All while having fun and making friends as part of our supportive global network. The Internship Programme runs for three to six months, and we welcome applications all year round.

How to apply

To apply, click the 'Find a Vacancy' at the top of the page and submit your CV (Chinese and English), cover letter and academic transcripts to "Intern of Shanghai office" or "Intern of Beijing office".

Working environment

We will offer you a stimulating environment where work will be demanding yet enjoyable. Both our clients and lawyers at the firm have commented extensively on the friendly yet professional interactions they have had with us. We also recognise that there is life beyond work and work hard to ensure that our lawyers and staff have the opportunity to pursue their interests and develop their skills both inside and outside of work.

In addition, we place a lot of importance on our participation in pro bono activities.  The Pro Bono Committee is represented by people from different parts of the China offices. The committee co-ordinates a series of pro bono events and your participation in these activities is highly encouraged.

The Social Committee frequently plans a variety of events including movie nights, cooking classes, bowling nights and cruise trips.

Learning and development

We want to provide everyone, from graduates and junior lawyers, through to Senior Associate level practitioners and partners, with constant learning opportunities. Qualifying as a lawyer is an important milestone, but your growth and development at A&O will continue far beyond that. A career with us provides a platform to open doors and brings opportunities you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape, while helping you build the skills you need for your career - whether that is at A&O or elsewhere.

The Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight to complement advanced legal knowledge. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting-edge content to world-class coaches, our partners work on the design of the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

Throughout your journey with us, we'll equip you for today and tomorrow – providing you with opportunities to enhance your skills and build your confidence. At A&O, you'll get the challenge and support required for a successful career at the highest level.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America

In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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