Get the inside buzz from graduates at Allen & Overy LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly but exceptionally hard-working."
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.

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