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

At Allen & Overy, we lead the market by finding new ways to meet the challenges our clients face. Whatever your area of expertise and wherever your ambitions lie, we provide you with the platform to develop your career and the challenges to help you realize your full potential.

But we're offering more than just stimulating and exciting work. We care about our people, which is why we foster a culture of inclusivity and belonging. When you start your career with us, you'll be learning from the best in an environment that celebrates your individuality.

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Our U.S. offices

In November 1985, we opened our New York office, which has grown to be the principal hub of our U.S. practice. The office, situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan, offers easy access to some of the world’s most recognizable destinations.
In June 2011, our Washington, D.C. office opened, bolstering our leading U.S. Regulatory practice. Since then, the office has grown to include a top tier white-collar litigation and investigations team as well as financial services regulatory lawyers. It also includes Band 1 ranked project finance and energy team, as well as the premiere team of renewable energy lawyers in the US. In addition, the office is home to a team of arbitration lawyers who handle complex matters around the globe, with a particular focus on Latin America. In 2021, the office welcomed a renowned intellectual property litigation team. The office is located near the Metro Center station, just a few blocks north of the heart of Pennsylvania Avenue.
In March 2021, we opened our first office on the west coast in Los Angeles, with a renewables practice, boosting the firm’s leading Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure practice. In August 2022, we opened our second office on the west coast, in the ‘tech hub of the world’ Silicon Valley, significantly enhancing our leading Technology practice.
In March 2022, we announced the expansion of our life sciences Intellectual Property Litigation practice with five new U.S. partners and launch of our presence in Boston. All of our U.S. offices provide a broad range of sophisticated legal services, while being fully integrated within our global network.

What we offer

Entry level positions

With exciting work and global opportunities, we're redefining the options for associate careers.

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Read more Entry level positions

At A&O, we invest in you so you can develop your skills early in your career through a variety of training programs and resources. As an entry level associate, you and your entire U.S. first year class will usually start with a week of training in New York before traveling to your respective office. Your first week of orientation will include the following programs:

  • Multi-day intensive course specifically for new associates
  • Lectures on legal developments by partners and associates
  • Department-specific training sessions
  • Special courses on topics such as the art of communication, legal writing, risk management, law firm economics and more!

Most of our U.S. offices offer a practice area rotation system for entry-level associates. If you join without a permanent practice group placement, you’ll rotate through two departments for six months during your first 12 months. You may opt out of the second rotation if you and the department decide to make your first rotation your permanent choice. For incoming classes, efforts will be made to ensure new associates are assigned to preferred groups during the rotation process.

2L Summer Associate Program

When starting your career in law, you’ll be exposed to the work our full-time associates do, while being respected for your contributions.

Read more 2L Summer Associate Program
Read more 2L Summer Associate Program

Our 2L summer associate program will give you the opportunity to experience our cutting-edge work and inclusive culture, by working alongside future colleagues on top-quality projects in a variety of practice areas.

Summer associates may join our firm in any of our U.S. offices; New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Silicon Valley or Boston; as well as in London or Hong Kong. As part of the program, you’ll gain real and valuable experience from day one, working closely with associates and partners. You’ll also be offered formal training programs that will provide broad exposure to our practice areas and supplement your day-to-day work. Below are a few examples of the programs offered throughout the summer:

  • Legal writing workshops
  • Adopting a Service Provider Mindset
  • Working with in-house Counsel panel
  • Practice area presentations
  • Substantive workshops with our affinity groups

Summer associates are not assigned to a particular practice area, so you’ll have the opportunity to work across all areas of interest. Associates across nearly every practice group are there to oversee and manage your work assignments, and you’ll meet with them regularly so they can provide feedback, and ensure you’re experiencing a wide variety of projects.

But it's not just about the work you do. Your well-being and having the opportunity to socialize outside of work are equally important. You'll have plenty of opportunities to engage with other summer associates, lawyers and partners – broadening your knowledge of the firm, building your network and becoming an integral part of the team.

1L IP Fellowship Program

Students with technical backgrounds have opportunities at A&O beginning their 1L summer.

Read more 1L IP Fellowship Program
Read more 1L IP Fellowship Program

Every year, Allen & Overy also seeks 1Ls with technical backgrounds or STEM degrees to join our Intellectual Property Litigation teams. 1L fellows will work for and learn from A&O attorneys on real legal matters, and participate in all aspects of A&O’s US summer program, including training sessions, networking opportunities, and mentorship programs. Successful 1L Fellows will be invited back for their 2L summer.

 

At A&O, we invest in you so you can develop your skills early in your career through a variety of training programs and resources. As an entry level associate, you and your entire U.S. first year class will usually start with a week of training in New York before traveling to your respective office. Your first week of orientation will include the following programs:

  • Multi-day intensive course specifically for new associates
  • Lectures on legal developments by partners and associates
  • Department-specific training sessions
  • Special courses on topics such as the art of communication, legal writing, risk management, law firm economics and more!

Most of our U.S. offices offer a practice area rotation system for entry-level associates. If you join without a permanent practice group placement, you’ll rotate through two departments for six months during your first 12 months. You may opt out of the second rotation if you and the department decide to make your first rotation your permanent choice. For incoming classes, efforts will be made to ensure new associates are assigned to preferred groups during the rotation process.

Our 2L summer associate program will give you the opportunity to experience our cutting-edge work and inclusive culture, by working alongside future colleagues on top-quality projects in a variety of practice areas.

Summer associates may join our firm in any of our U.S. offices; New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Silicon Valley or Boston; as well as in London or Hong Kong. As part of the program, you’ll gain real and valuable experience from day one, working closely with associates and partners. You’ll also be offered formal training programs that will provide broad exposure to our practice areas and supplement your day-to-day work. Below are a few examples of the programs offered throughout the summer:

  • Legal writing workshops
  • Adopting a Service Provider Mindset
  • Working with in-house Counsel panel
  • Practice area presentations
  • Substantive workshops with our affinity groups

Summer associates are not assigned to a particular practice area, so you’ll have the opportunity to work across all areas of interest. Associates across nearly every practice group are there to oversee and manage your work assignments, and you’ll meet with them regularly so they can provide feedback, and ensure you’re experiencing a wide variety of projects.

But it's not just about the work you do. Your well-being and having the opportunity to socialize outside of work are equally important. You'll have plenty of opportunities to engage with other summer associates, lawyers and partners – broadening your knowledge of the firm, building your network and becoming an integral part of the team.

Every year, Allen & Overy also seeks 1Ls with technical backgrounds or STEM degrees to join our Intellectual Property Litigation teams. 1L fellows will work for and learn from A&O attorneys on real legal matters, and participate in all aspects of A&O’s US summer program, including training sessions, networking opportunities, and mentorship programs. Successful 1L Fellows will be invited back for their 2L summer.

 

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.

Benefits

We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. At A&O, we combine exceptional work with a supportive working culture. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

We offer comprehensive medical insurance, life insurance and disability benefits. We sponsor a group 401(k) retirement plan, as well as an educational savings plan for your children or beneficiaries. We also host annual on-site wellness programs and have a comprehensive work/life assistance program available to all employees.

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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