Get the inside buzz from graduates at Allen & Overy LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2017)
"Collegiate and committed to excellence."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 10


  • Trainees get the opportunity to work on a wide variety of high-level work.
  • Colleagues are friendly and the atmosphere within the firm is very positive.
  • Trainees speak highly of the office’s facilities, views and location.
  • The formal training is seen as being very good and comprehensive.


  • Hours can be unpredictable making it hard to maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Some felt the qualification process could have more transparency.
  • The quality of informal training can vary greatly between individuals.
  • While the salary matches other magic circle firms, it is slightly behind similar US firms.

What insiders say about...

"Just make sure you know why you want to be here at Allen & Overy. The application..."

"The working environment is open and friendly and there is a general willingness on..."

"There are weekly seminars on legal developments and market/client updates. We also..."

"In my experience, feedback is frequent and thorough (when time allows)."

"The dress code is actually quite relaxed. It's necessary to dress smartly when you..."

"Hours depend on who you're working for and what on. There's no face-time but, as..."

"Salaries for trainees are not quite on par with the pay from US firms but are really..."

"We get free dinners if working past 7:30pm and free taxis home if working past 9:30pm..."

"There were questions on general commercial awareness points and why I wanted to work..."

"The firm could do more on recycling."

"The firm definitely make a real effort with regards to diversity. We have an LGBT..."

"My department (banking) has a lot of bibles and originals work, which I think paralegals..."

"I have volunteered in legal advice clinics and helped research and draft a guide..."

"The people, the firm's friendly atmosphere and also the pro bono opportunities."

"Things can sometimes seem a little bureaucratic for important seat decisions etc...."

"The reputation of the firm. It has many international offices and it provides the..."

"This very much depends on the area of law you want to qualify into. If you want banking..."

"An anagram of 'Allen Overy' is 'near lovely'."

"Friendly, innovative, high-profile work."

"More transparency on big decisions such as seats."

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