Description of the firm
A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with prestigious clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. This is the dynamic that sets Hogan Lovells apart. Everyone pushes themselves to find smarter, bolder solutions; there is a collective desire to share knowledge and work collaboratively; and as a global firm, this applies no matter where we operate. With 2,500 lawyers working in 49 offices across 26 countries, the close-knit culture that exists between these offices is part of our everyday lives. And now, you can experience this first-hand.
Types of work
The quality of our people. The strength of our global network. The boldness of our ambition. These are all reasons why we are able to attract high profile, multinational clients. It’s our exceptional breadth of practice areas that really makes us stand out. For you, this means we have a variety of potential disciplines to explore across Corporate, Finance, Government Regulatory, Intellectual Property and Litigation, Arbitration and Employment. It’s a distinctive approach, and one that helps us give clients what they want even before they realise they want it.
Vacation schemes and insight events
Before joining an organisation, one of the best things you can do is get to know them first. After all, you’ll be spending a big chunk of your life at your new firm, so it makes sense to make sure it’s the right one for you. Whichever subject you study, penultimate-year, final-year students and graduates can apply for our vacation scheme, to get a taste of Hogan Lovells. We also run insight events for first year students of any degree discipline. Come along to our offices and enjoy an experience packed with tailored workshops and presentations. You’ll find out everything you need to know and see what life is like at a global law firm.
Running for two to three weeks, our vacation schemes are a perfect launch pad for a legal career. And each one is carefully tailored to students at different stages of their career planning. Working alongside partners, associates and trainees, you’ll support client work in our key practice areas. You’ll draft documents, go to meetings, do legal research and, where possible, attend court. It’s hands-on learning that’s reinforced by workshops, discussions, case studies, work shadowing, social events and more. As experience, it’s invaluable.
The training contract
International law evolves constantly. So do our lawyers. So will you. With our two-year training contract, you’ll amass world-class technical skills, gain a holistic view of our firm and learn to master the law. There’s more to our lawyers than legal expertise, you’ll also develop a deep understanding of business and industry too.
It starts with stretching work. We’ll give you as much as you can handle – in our experience it’s the best way to learn. Of course we’ll balance that responsibility with help and encouragement from all corners. As well as a comprehensive legal skills training programme, you’ll have regular reviews and guidance from the trainee development team, mentors, colleagues and more.
It’s not over when you qualify. Far from it. Your professional and personal growth will be top of the agenda throughout your career. At every stage you’ll be in the driving seat, steering your own progress and tapping into the training you need. Your goal? To develop the capability, mindset and networks to solve the complex challenges our clients’ continue to face.
Who we are looking for
Our teams tackle some of the most intricate legal and commercial issues that businesses face. So, we look to recruit smart, collaborative and determined individuals from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. You’ll have the ability to adapt to new surroundings, the resilience to deliver complex work to deadlines and the ambition to take ideas in a new direction. A quick mind is also pivotal, so a strong academic record from GCSE onwards is essential. You should be aiming for (or have already achieved) a good 2:1 (or equivalent) or above in your university degree. But above all, you’ll have the ability to work effectively with others and build lasting relationships with colleagues and clients alike.
When and how to apply
Our insight events will take place in April, June and July 2018. To attend, you must be in your first year of study at university and have submitted you application between 1 October 2017 and 25 February 2018.
As for our vacation schemes, students must apply by 7 January 2018 to be eligible for our summer and spring schemes. We also have a winter vacation scheme for all final year students and graduates, the closing date for which is 31 October 2017.
Applications for our training contracts will open from 1 October 2017. Law students in their penultimate year of study will need to submit their applications by 31 July 2018 at the latest. If you’re a non-law student or graduate, you should apply before 31 January 2018.
Think globally. Discover your potential. Become a game-changer. Find out more and apply at hoganlovells.com/graduates
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