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All those seminars and study groups. Same path, different journeys. A team that goes the distance. It’s Time.

We’re a law firm that is at the very forefront of legal practice, continuing to expand internationally and supporting major national and global businesses in executing the decisions that will define their future.

Join us in South Africa and you’ll find a diverse group of people who are extremely committed, and who enjoy working together as a team for the benefit of our clients. It sounds obvious, but one of the defining qualities of our firm is the spirit our people bring to their work. We thrive on the challenges of an intensely competitive business landscape and we enjoy helping clients to be successful.

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Becoming a Candidate Attorney with Allen & Overy is just the beginning of what will be a stimulating and rewarding legal career.

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Becoming a Candidate Attorney with Allen & Overy is just the beginning of what will be a stimulating and rewarding legal career.

All applications must be completed using the online application form. Interview days will take place in our Johannesburg office and comprise a case-study interview with a partner or director and a HR interview with Human resources personnel or an Associate.

2023 applications are open now and do not close until places are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Vacation scheme

At Allen & Overy we recognise that choosing the right career is a big decision.

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At Allen & Overy we recognise that choosing the right career is a big decision.

Each year we offer a number of students the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to work for A&O on our vacation schemes. You will assist your trainer – a partner, counsel or an associate – on real deals and get hands-on insight into the truly international nature of our work.

Alongside your day-to-day work, you’ll join fellow vacation students on a client pitch project designed to sharpen your team, research and presentation skills, and expose you to our broad range of clients and practice areas. In addition, you will hear about recent deals and get a real insight into the role of a commercial lawyer.

Summer Vacation Scheme

01 July – 30 September 

Winter Vacation Scheme

01 February – 30 April

Becoming a Candidate Attorney with Allen & Overy is just the beginning of what will be a stimulating and rewarding legal career.

All applications must be completed using the online application form. Interview days will take place in our Johannesburg office and comprise a case-study interview with a partner or director and a HR interview with Human resources personnel or an Associate.

2023 applications are open now and do not close until places are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

At Allen & Overy we recognise that choosing the right career is a big decision.

Each year we offer a number of students the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to work for A&O on our vacation schemes. You will assist your trainer – a partner, counsel or an associate – on real deals and get hands-on insight into the truly international nature of our work.

Alongside your day-to-day work, you’ll join fellow vacation students on a client pitch project designed to sharpen your team, research and presentation skills, and expose you to our broad range of clients and practice areas. In addition, you will hear about recent deals and get a real insight into the role of a commercial lawyer.

Summer Vacation Scheme

01 July – 30 September 

Winter Vacation Scheme

01 February – 30 April

We’re clear in our own minds that globalisation is here to stay. There is a tremendous opportunity for us to serve our clients’ needs through our strategy of ‘global reach, local depth’ which has already seen us build the biggest and most integrated network of offices of any top-tier law firm.

David Morley

Learning and development

The development of our graduates, junior lawyers, through to Senior Associate level practitioners and partners, is extremely important to us; and whilst qualifying as a lawyer is an important milestone, it is only part of your professional development at Allen & Overy.

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 design 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 – enhancing your skills and building your confidence to support a future career at the highest level.

Benefits

We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

Application process

What we look for

What we look for

We’re looking for great all-rounders and will look favourably on applications that show a high level of commitment to extra-curricular activity or work experience as well as excellent academic performance.

All candidates must be studying for, or have completed, an LLB Law degree, and have at least one year's academic results to be eligible for consideration.

Applicants must have of the necessary work authorisation for South Africa.

How to apply

How to apply

You can apply via our career site by clicking the 'Find a vacancy' button above. Kindly include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Curriculum vitae and motivational letter
  • Copy of full academic transcripts of your LLB qualification to date
  • Copy of matric results
  • Copy of I.D

Please be aware that early applications are strongly advised and encouraged.

Ensure that you are available to start your Articles on the date that the vacancy is advertised, and your academic commitments will be completed.

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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