Graduate scheme

Greater London

Always going the extra mile.

Starting a Training Contract with Allen & Overy is just the beginning of what will be a stimulating and rewarding legal career. Throughout the two years of your Training Contract, we will work closely with you to ensure you have the right support to develop into a successful commercial solicitor.

What will you do?

Your training will be based on four six-month rotations (known as ‘seats’) through a number of departments or practice areas, where you will sit with a partner or an associate.

Our dedicated HR for Trainees team will work with you to plan your four seats. Seats are available across our practice areas and allow trainees to experience the full range of work we do. You will have the opportunity to express your preferences, so you can spend time in the areas that are of particular interest (subject to business need).  Our core transactional areas of expertise are Banking, Corporate and International Capital Markets; as a trainee you will spend at least twelve months of your Training Contract gaining experience in at least two of these areas. You will also explore the possibility of spending a seat on an international or client secondment.

Our trainees also need to gain contentious experience during their Training Contract, which they can do either by spending a seat in our Litigation department or, for those who do not sit in a Litigation seat, by completing a Litigation course. The Litigation course is run by Nottingham Law School and consists of five days’ tuition and regular visits to a legal advice centre throughout your Training Contract, to gain practical contentious experience and provide valuable pro bono help.


Students currently in their penultimate year of study, finalists and graduates of all degree disciplines


Training Contract 2024/2025 (March & September intakes)

Application window: 13 September – 15 December 2021.

* Please note that you may only make one application for either a Vacation Scheme or a Training Contract every 12 months.

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