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The start of an adventure. The one you’ve been working towards. You’re on your way. IT’S TIME.

The calibre of the people we recruit and the platform of training we provide are fundamental to our success. We give our people the opportunities and support they need to build a career that is right for them – so they can lead us in new directions and deliver fresh insights. Join our first-class training programme, gain global experience, work on cutting-edge deals and learn from lawyers who are leaders in their field of practice.

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A&O First International

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If you think a career in commercial law might be for you but you’re keen to find out more, then A&O First is a great place to start. 

A&O First is much more than just work experience, it’s a year-long programme and support network designed to give you all the information, contacts and experience you need. 

This programme is packed full of insights, experience and exposure to work we do through work-shadowing, networking and opportunities to learn everything you might need to know about the firm. 

Given that this programme offers insights into our London and Hong Kong offices, it is a great opportunity for students who are uncertain whether to commence their legal career in London or Hong Kong. 

Date: 6-7 April in London and in Hong Kong early August  

Eligibility: Students in their first year of a three year course or second year of a four year course with Chinese language skills  

Application window: 13 January – 13 February 2020  

Apply online at allenovery.com/careers 

Vacation Placement Scheme

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Every summer we offer approximately 25 students the opportunity to spend four weeks with us. It’s the best way to experience who we are and how we work. You’ll enjoy practical, hands-on experience while working alongside partners, 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.

Our vacation placement scheme is held in June and July each year and you can apply online for our 2020 vacation placement scheme from 1 September 2019.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate to final year law or final year non-law students from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other common law jurisdictions.

Australian students who are successful in our interview process, will be invited to participate during their term break in July.

Training Contract (Trainee Solicitor)

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A training contract with us is the best way to equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. You’ll enjoy practical, hands-on experience, working alongside partners, associates and trainees on real deals and active cases around the world. You’ll also make the most of client-facing opportunities, workshops and training sessions.

In the recruitment of our trainees we especially look for bilingual or trilingual students, particularly those speaking Mandarin and / or Cantonese, and with reading and writing skills (simplified or traditional Chinese).

Those with Northern Asian language skills, such as Korean and Japanese, are also encouraged to apply.

The offer of a training contract is conditional upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) course in Hong Kong. Financial assistance during the full-time PCLL (a stipend of HK$60,000 plus full payment of PCLL tuition fees) will be available to those who have accepted our training contract.

If you think a career in commercial law might be for you but you’re keen to find out more, then A&O First is a great place to start. 

A&O First is much more than just work experience, it’s a year-long programme and support network designed to give you all the information, contacts and experience you need. 

This programme is packed full of insights, experience and exposure to work we do through work-shadowing, networking and opportunities to learn everything you might need to know about the firm. 

Given that this programme offers insights into our London and Hong Kong offices, it is a great opportunity for students who are uncertain whether to commence their legal career in London or Hong Kong. 

Date: 6-7 April in London and in Hong Kong early August  

Eligibility: Students in their first year of a three year course or second year of a four year course with Chinese language skills  

Application window: 13 January – 13 February 2020  

Apply online at allenovery.com/careers 

Every summer we offer approximately 25 students the opportunity to spend four weeks with us. It’s the best way to experience who we are and how we work. You’ll enjoy practical, hands-on experience while working alongside partners, 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.

Our vacation placement scheme is held in June and July each year and you can apply online for our 2020 vacation placement scheme from 1 September 2019.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate to final year law or final year non-law students from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other common law jurisdictions.

Australian students who are successful in our interview process, will be invited to participate during their term break in July.

A training contract with us is the best way to equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. You’ll enjoy practical, hands-on experience, working alongside partners, associates and trainees on real deals and active cases around the world. You’ll also make the most of client-facing opportunities, workshops and training sessions.

In the recruitment of our trainees we especially look for bilingual or trilingual students, particularly those speaking Mandarin and / or Cantonese, and with reading and writing skills (simplified or traditional Chinese).

Those with Northern Asian language skills, such as Korean and Japanese, are also encouraged to apply.

The offer of a training contract is conditional upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) course in Hong Kong. Financial assistance during the full-time PCLL (a stipend of HK$60,000 plus full payment of PCLL tuition fees) will be available to those who have accepted our training contract.

Working environment

It may be a cliché to suggest that Hong Kong lies at a crossroads for international business, but it is nonetheless true and our office here is an extremely important piece of the Allen & Overy jigsaw across Asia Pacific. We’re proud to service clients in every jurisdiction here in Asia Pacific and across the Globe.

Our Hong Kong office is 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 with us. We also recognise that there is life beyond work and we’ll encourage you to pursue your interests and develop your skills both inside and outside of work.

Learning and development

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, we believe that nurturing our talent will give us an advantage over our competitors, ensuring we have the best client relationships and business leaders in the market to drive our future success.

Throughout a career with us, you’ll enjoy a world of training and experiences that equip you to become a business-savvy leader in your field, and beyond. 

We always look for creative ways to develop your legal expertise and help you gain the skills you need to provide an exceptional service to our clients.

From programmes that explore leadership and team building to attending global workshops to meet colleagues and learn in a diverse and creative environment, you’ll never stop learning at Allen & Overy.

Benefits

Health & wellbeing

  • Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme 
  • Medical, life, health and accident insurance

Time out

  • 22 days leave annually 
  • Birthday leave
  • Six weeks of unpaid qualification leave

Financial security

  • PCLL fees reimbursed in full
  • A maintenance grant of HKD60,000 towards your living costs during the PCLL year
  • Future trainees who achieve a first-class LLB degree and/or an overall distinction of the PCLL will receive a cash award for HKD6,000 for each
  • Enrolment in our rental reimbursement scheme

Salary for 1st yr trainees: HKD576,000 (48,000 per month) plus discretionary bonus, totalling approximately HKD52,000 per month.

Salary for 2nd yr trainees: HKD600,000 (50,000 per month) plus discretionary bonus, totalling approximately HKD54,000 per month.

Employee stories

Dominic Chiang

2017 trainee

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Michelle Tsang

2017 trainee

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Natalie Ullman

2018 trainee

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Michael Cheng

2019 trainee

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Application tips

Know your goals

Know your goals

Creating an application that stands out from the crowd can be challenging. Make sure you know what’s required by familiarizing yourself with the skills we look for and prepare some examples to demonstrate your experience of each.

Show a rounded personality

Show a rounded personality

We expect academically successful candidates but your application will stand out if you show that you have experienced life outside the library. Try to demonstrate your responsibilities and your capacity to shape events, committees and outcomes.

Highlight your work experience

Highlight your work experience

If you have completed legal or non-legal, commercial or any other kind of work experience, think about what you have learned and observed. You may, for example, have made a recommendation for improving a process or have handled a difficult customer. Using examples like this shows that you have learned from your experience.

Research the firm

Research the firm

We recognize that you’ll be applying to a number of law firms but it’s your individual approach and attention to our firm that will help set you apart. It’s worth taking the time to focus on each individual application – it may take longer but the effort will be worth it if you secure an interview.

Be accurate

Be accurate

Ensure your application is free from spelling and grammatical errors – attention to detail is a fundamental skill for a lawyer. When it comes to interviews, getting feedback on how you come across in an interview scenario from someone you don’t know can be really helpful before the event.

Be concise

Be concise

Keep your CV to no more than 2 pages with simple design and readable font style and size.

Application FAQs

I am an international student, am I still eligible to apply?

I am an international student, am I still eligible to apply?

We accept applications from students who are able to become Hong Kong Qualified solicitors.

I am in my final year, am I still eligible to apply?

I am in my final year, am I still eligible to apply?

Our summer internship programme is aimed at students in their penultimate year of a qualifying law degree (such as an LL.B or J.D) in Hong Kong / the U.K. / Australia / New Zealand. If you are in your final year and intend on applying, please note, training contract offers are not made for the following year, unless we have advertised a vacancy.

I have graduated, am I still eligible to apply?

I have graduated, am I still eligible to apply?

Our summer internship programme is aimed at penultimate year students. If you have already completed your law degree and did not apply for a summer internship during your penultimate year we would want to understand the reasoning behind this decision. Furthermore, please also note that if you apply to us as a graduate, you will need to be enrolled in a postgraduate course.

When are your internship dates? Are they flexible?

When are your internship dates? Are they flexible?

Our summer internship programme runs for four weeks in June and July every year. It is a structured programme giving you the best possible experience of Allen & Overy. In very exceptional cases we are flexible on internship dates.

Do you have a separate trainee recruitment programme for graduates?

Do you have a separate trainee recruitment programme for graduates?

We recruit our trainees via our summer internship programme. We do not have a separate trainee recruitment programme for those who have already graduated. In the event that we need to add graduates to our intakes we will advertise the role on our website.

Can I post/email/fax my summer internship application?

Can I post/email/fax my summer internship application?

No, all applications must be submitted online via our career portal. Any applications received by any other means will not be considered.

I don't have my most recent transcript, can I still apply?

I don't have my most recent transcript, can I still apply?

We appreciate that not all universities release their results prior to the internship applications period. You are able to submit your application without your most recent academic transcript. However, we will require a copy when it becomes available. If you do not submit your past academic transcripts, we will be unable to assess your application and it will be declined.

I don’t have any paralegal/legal experience, can I still apply?

I don’t have any paralegal/legal experience, can I still apply?

Prior legal experience is not a requirement. You should make the most of any work related experience that you have, regardless of the discipline, and focus on what you have learned and observed and how this will apply to your legal career.

Am I able to amend my answers to your questions once I have submitted my application?

Am I able to amend my answers to your questions once I have submitted my application?

You are unable to edit your answers once you have created a profile on our career portal. If you need to edit your replies you can upload a word/PDF document to your application or send it to us via email.

What happens after I submit my application?

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you submit the application, you will be asked to complete an immersive video based Situational Judgment Test (SJT), which should take approximately 20 minutes. The SJT is designed to provide a realistic preview of what you may experience as a trainee at A&O. Instructions will be provided once you start the SJT.

I have been invited to an interview. Who will I be interviewing with?

I have been invited to an interview. Who will I be interviewing with?

Interviews are hosted by HR and partners. We do not always specify who you will be interviewed by during the process, due to last minute changes, which can be unsettling.

If your application has been shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a group “case study” interview, which is similar to an assessment centre, at our Hong Kong, London, or Sydney office. You will work with a small group of other students and prepare answers to a set of questions about a mock case, which the group will then present to a partner and the graduate recruitment manager. We will be assessing your interest in business, commercial awareness, ability to digest and process information, team-working, and presentation skills.

How many interns do you take?

How many interns do you take?

We take around twenty to twenty-five interns each year, with a view to offering 10 interns a Hong Kong training contract. However, our trainee number is dependent on business needs and the calibre of interns.

Can I do a part time/shorter internship?

Can I do a part time/shorter internship?

We appreciate that you may have other commitments during the summer; however, our internship is a structured programme to give you the best experience. In very exceptional cases are we flexible on internship dates.

Can I submit my application outside of the application dates?

Can I submit my application outside of the application dates?

No, we are unable to accept applications outside of the application period.

Application process and interview

You will complete the online application form by answering a few questions about yourself, your work experience, and academic transcript. There will also be questions regarding your desire to work as a lawyer at Allen & Overy.

Once you submit the application, you will be asked to complete an immersive video based Situational Judgement Test (SJT), which should take approximately 20 minutes. The SJT is designed to provide a realistic preview of what you may experience as a trainee at A&O. Instructions will be provided once you start the SJT.

We will review applications after the closing date and will contact students who are successful to arrange for an interview. We run a two stage interview process, where you will meet members of HR and some partners.

The first interview will assess your skills, experience and your understanding of what it means to be a commercial lawyer at Allen & Overy. The second interview is a business case study. You will have a short time to work through the case and prepare a brief presentation, which will be followed by a discussion with your interviewer. This exercise is aimed at assessing your interest in business, commercial awareness, and ability to digest information and present your findings. You will also have plenty of opportunities to ask us questions and get to know more about Allen & Overy. 

A&O Hong Kong will be participating in and running a number of events on-campus and in-house for the 2019-2020 academic year. Events are a great way to meet A&O representatives and to gain an insight into the firm, our culture and the work we do.

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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