Students and graduates
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What we offer
Interning with us is the best way to get to know us better and to experience first-hand our culture and work. During your internship, you will get practical, hands-on experience, working alongside partners, associates and trainees on real deals and active cases. You will also have the opportunity to attend various workshops and regular training sessions conducted in-house for our lawyers.
An internship usually runs for three months, and are available all year round.
Ideally candidates for our internship programme should be in either their third year at a Vietnamese university, or in their penultimate year of their law degree at a university abroad. All applications must be submitted through our career portal. You will be asked to answer a few questions about why you want to be a lawyer at Allen & Overy (Vietnam) and to provide details of your academic transcripts and your work experience.
What we look for
Ensure your application is free from spelling and grammatical errors – attention to detail is a fundamental skill for a lawyer – so we expect this to be reflected in your application. The interview questions are likely to include details about school and university studies, your interests and achievements, work experience, why you have chosen this career and why you want to work at Allen & Overy (Vietnam). University careers services may offer mock interviews, so book one if you can. Getting feedback on how you come across in an interview scenario from someone you don’t know can be really helpful before the event.
Completion your online application
There is no “typical” Allen & Overy (Vietnam) candidate and we know students have various interests and skills. We are keen for interesting and open-minded people to join us. Essentially, in your application we are looking for evidence of teamwork, motivation and drive, communication skills, planning and organisation, critical thinking, commercial awareness and commitment – both to a career in law and to a career with Allen & Overy (Vietnam).
Know your firm
At Allen & Overy (Vietnam), we recognise that you will be applying to a number of law firms and that can mean a lot of applications. It may appear that each firm wants a similar application, but your individual approach and attention to our firm 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. The questions asked by different firms may look similar, but it is unlikely you will be able to use the same answer each time.
Know your goal
Creating an application that stands out from the rest of the crowd and sells your skills can be a challenge. In the first instance, make sure that you know exactly what’s required by familiarising yourself with what we look for – communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills and commercial awareness are just some of the skills we look for at Allen & Overy (Vietnam), so prepare some examples to demonstrate your experience of each.
Show a rounded personality
We want to find out what type of person you are, so try to showcase yourself in your application. We expect academically successful candidates but your application will stand out if you show that you have experienced life outside the library. Volunteering or joining a society or sporting team is valuable, especially if you take responsibility for a task, such as managing a budget or project. Try to demonstrate your responsibilities and your capacity to shape events, committees and outcomes.
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 to your manager or have handled a difficult customer. Using examples like this on your application and during interviews shows that you have learned from your experience and that you are willing to be asked about it.
You will need to complete an application form by answering a few questions about you, your work experience, details of your academic transcripts, your desire to work as a lawyer, and why you have selected to apply to Allen & Overy (Vietnam).
We will review applications and we will contact students who are successful to arrange for them to come for an interview. We run a two-stage interview process, and at these interviews you will meet members of HR and partners.
The first interview is based on your application form and will assess your skills, experience and your understanding of what it means to be a commercial lawyer at Allen & Overy (Vietnam). The second round is a written test followed by an interview with the lawyers to discuss your interest in business, your commercial awareness, and ability to digest information and present your findings.
You will also have plenty of opportunities to ask us questions and to get to know Allen & Overy (Vietnam) further.
At Allen & Overy (Vietnam), we believe in the fundamental importance of collaboration and teamwork, of giving lawyers and professional support staff, tasks that will challenge and stretch them, and then supporting them to advance their careers.
We believe that our people perform best when they are given the very best resources and facilities, opportunities and encouragement to explore their full potential. We believe that teams perform best when they focus on performance rather than hierarchies, and where they are comfortable socialising together as well as working together.
We blend both the cultures of Allen & Overy worldwide and Vietnam to produce a collaborative, exciting and dynamic environment.
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.
In order to provide peace of mind to staff and their families, we provide the following insurance coverage:
- Medical, permanent health insurance (for long-term disabilities) and dental insurance
- Life insurance
- Personal accident insurance
We have also introduced several initiatives to help our employees strike the necessary work/life balance, which include:
- Home working
- Part-time working/reduced or fixed working hours
- job sharing
- Health and wellbeing initiatives
- I am in my final year, am I still eligible to apply?
- I have graduated, am I still eligible to apply?
- When are your internship dates? Are they flexible?
- Do you have a separate graduate recruitment programme?
- Can I post/email/fax my summer internship application?
- I don’t have my most recent transcript, can I still apply?
- I don’t have any paralegal/legal experience, can I still apply?
- Can I do a part time/shorter internship?
I am in my final year, am I still eligible to apply?
I have graduated, am I still eligible to apply?
If you have already completed your law degree and did not apply for an internship during your penultimate or final year, you are still eligible to apply for the programme.
When are your internship dates? Are they flexible?
We welcome candidates all year round. It is a structured programme giving you the best possible experience of Allen & Overy (Vietnam). Usually, we run four cycles of the internship programme per year.
Do you have a separate graduate recruitment programme?
We recruit our graduates via our internship programme. We do not have a separate graduate recruitment programme. 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?
No, all applications must be submitted online via our email address VN_recruitment@allenovery.com or 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?
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?
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. The first interview is based on your application form and will assess your skills, experience and understanding of what it means to be a commercial lawyer at Allen & Overy (Vietnam). The second round is a written test followed by an interview with the lawyers to discuss your interest in business, your commercial awareness, and ability to digest information and present your findings.
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.