Rewards and benefits
The financial benefits of working with us begin before you arrive. When you accept our offer of a training contract we will provide financial support for your law school studies. If you need to complete the GDL, we will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant of £6,000 in London and £5,000 elsewhere in the UK. For all those on the accelerated A&O LPC, you will receive a maintenance grant of £5,000 and we will pay your course fees.
For students choosing to take the two year LLB course we offer a maximum of £5,000 towards course fees. Future trainees taking this course also receive a one-off maintenance payment of £6,000 for courses in London, Oxford & Guildford and £5,000 for courses elsewhere in the UK.
If you need to study only part of the GDL, we will pay the necessary course fees and a pro-rated maintenance award.
If you accept your training contract after commencing the GDL or LPC we will pro rata your maintenance award, but your course fees will be refunded in full. If you accept your training contract after commencing the two year LLB we will pro rata your maintenance award and refund up to £5,000 of your course fees.
We believe in recognising your achievements - if you achieve a first class degree and/or a distinction in the LPC after accepting our offer, we'll reward you with a prize for each of £500. The current salary for first year trainees is £38,000 rising to £43,200 in the second year of training. The current salary on qualification is £61,500.
As well as financial rewards, working at Allen & Overy offers an exceptional range of benefits including insurance (life, permanent health and private medical), pension scheme, an interest-free season ticket loan, as well as a range of on-site facilities including a gym and sports hall, medical, dental and physiotherapy service, beauty treatment centre, dry cleaners, and two restaurants.
Some of our future trainees decide to take time off before joining us and we fully support this, especially if you plan to extend, develop or gain other skills and experience that you can use when you start work at A&O. You can apply for an interest-free loan of up to £1,000 which you will repay by the end of your training contract. This can be used for something worthwhile, for example completing a language study course or undertaking a pro bono or community initiative.
What about the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme?
If you have qualified as a lawyer outside of England and Wales and are looking to become a quasi-trainee with us, you may not need to do the LPC in order to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. You may be able to re-qualify under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). As a quasi-trainee, you would complete a period of training rather than a training contract. Your training period would be exactly the same as trainees who have completed the LPC.
Although the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) does not impose any formal experience requirements in order to re-qualify, we ask all QLTS Trainees to complete a minimum of 18 months' training, as we believe this is the minimum length of time required to gain a sufficient overview of the firm and experience in a number of practice areas before qualifying.
We will pay for all necessary QLTS examinations and training. For further information about the QLTS process please visit the SRA website: www.sra.org.uk