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

At Allen & Overy, we’re determined to be at the forefront of new developments within the legal industry, setting the pace and leading the way. Join us if you want to make an impact and influence the future of law.

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What we offer

Training contract

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We offer the students the possibility of doing with us the mandatory work experience internship inside their masters’ degree in access to the legal profession programme

Once the aptitude test for access to the profession of lawyer is passed, we normally offer a permanent employment agreement to be part of our team.

We start the recruitment process on September of the year in which you are starting the master’s degree and end that December. Therefore, the student will be joining with us the following September.

In addition to full involvement with everyday aspects of work in the particular practice area, students can look forward to a variety of social activities and networking opportunities, as well as in-house training on Allen & Overy's computer and know-how systems and offer training in practical and technical skills.

We look for the following skills across each of our practice areas.

  • have a strong academic record
  • high level of English proficiency
  • have a commercial approach
  • be able to think laterally
  • be pragmatic and well organized
  • be able to adapt to different cultural settings
  • be able to cope well under pressure

You can apply for our training contract by completing our online application form.

Vacation scheme

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Our vacation scheme is held in June, July and September each year.

For each placement we offer 8-10 students the opportunity to spend four weeks with us. This invaluable introduction to everyday life in international commercial legal practice involves spending the whole month in one of our departments, working closely with our partners, associates and trainees.

You can apply for our vacation scheme by completing our online application form. The process starts on February and ends in April. For details, see search and apply.

We do not run a vacation placement scheme at any other time of the year.

We look for the same skill set for the training contracts students:

  • have a strong academic record
  • high level of English proficiency
  • have a commercial approach
  • be able to think laterally
  • be pragmatic and well organized
  • be able to adapt to different cultural settings
  • be able to cope well under pressure

We offer the students the possibility of doing with us the mandatory work experience internship inside their masters’ degree in access to the legal profession programme

Once the aptitude test for access to the profession of lawyer is passed, we normally offer a permanent employment agreement to be part of our team.

We start the recruitment process on September of the year in which you are starting the master’s degree and end that December. Therefore, the student will be joining with us the following September.

In addition to full involvement with everyday aspects of work in the particular practice area, students can look forward to a variety of social activities and networking opportunities, as well as in-house training on Allen & Overy's computer and know-how systems and offer training in practical and technical skills.

We look for the following skills across each of our practice areas.

  • have a strong academic record
  • high level of English proficiency
  • have a commercial approach
  • be able to think laterally
  • be pragmatic and well organized
  • be able to adapt to different cultural settings
  • be able to cope well under pressure

You can apply for our training contract by completing our online application form.

Our vacation scheme is held in June, July and September each year.

For each placement we offer 8-10 students the opportunity to spend four weeks with us. This invaluable introduction to everyday life in international commercial legal practice involves spending the whole month in one of our departments, working closely with our partners, associates and trainees.

You can apply for our vacation scheme by completing our online application form. The process starts on February and ends in April. For details, see search and apply.

We do not run a vacation placement scheme at any other time of the year.

We look for the same skill set for the training contracts students:

  • have a strong academic record
  • high level of English proficiency
  • have a commercial approach
  • be able to think laterally
  • be pragmatic and well organized
  • be able to adapt to different cultural settings
  • be able to cope well under pressure

About us

Hong Kong Students and Graduates

Deciding which firm to join is a big commitment and these are exciting times for the legal profession in Spain, and especially for Allen & Overy. We encourage you to find out for yourself what sets us apart. 

Application & selection process

Once you submit your online application, you’ll be prompted to complete an immersive video based Situational Judgement Test (SJT), taking around 20 minutes. The SJT is designed to provide a realistic preview of what you may experience as a trainee at A&O. You will be given 48 hours to complete the test. We advise you submit your online application at least 48 hours prior to the deadline to give you time to complete both the application and  SJT by the deadline. View sample situational judgement question.

If your application is successful, the next stage will be an HR interview which will assess your skills, knowledge, and motivation for a legal career at Allen & Overy. In addition, you will be asked a series of questions based on scenarios you may encounter as a trainee. 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. The final interview will be with a partner and the HR team. During each interview, you will also have plenty of opportunities to ask us questions and get to know more about Allen & Overy.

Learning & 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.

Working environment

Our Madrid office is on Serrano Street, next door to Paseo de la Castellana, the financial and business centre of Madrid with embassies, banks and government buildings in its surroundings. The building was designed to our specifications and provides a modern, stylish place to do business, flooded with natural light. As well as extensive meeting rooms and comfortable office space.

Our Barcelona office is located in Mestre Nicolau Street inside an area easy reach of the centre of the city with fantastic views over the city.

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.

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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