At A&O we recognise that choosing the right career is a big decision. There will be lots of questions you need to ask yourself: What type of law do I want to practice? What type of firm would suit me best? What will the work really be like? We think the best way to answer these questions is to get first-hand experience of life in a law firm and that's exactly what our vacation programmes offer.
Each year we offer 60 vacancies across our winter and summer programmes. We pay our vacation students £250 per week. In each of our programmes you will assist your trainer - a partner or an associate - on real deals and sit in two different departments (one during the shorter winter programme). We will ask you in advance which area interests you most.
Alongside your day-to-day work in the departments, you will join with fellow vacation students on a client pitch project designed to sharpen your team, research and presentation skills and expose you to our broad range of clients and practice areas. In addition, our workshops, practice area presentations and other talks are designed to inform you about recent deals and the role of a commercial lawyer. They will also help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful commercial lawyer, including how to negotiate.
During your placement there will also be plenty of time to socialise with other Allen & Overy people. We'll pair you up with a "buddy" - a current trainee who will be able to answer your questions, offer you advice and generally help you feel at home during your time with us. Informal drinks with your department, lunches with your buddy and social events organised by the Graduate Recruitment team are just some of the opportunities you will have to get to know us during your placement.
Our eight day winter vacation programme is for finalists and graduates from any degree discipline. Applications will open on 1 October to 31 October 2013 and the programme will run from Wednesday 11 December to Friday 20 December 2013.
Our three-week summer vacation programme is for undergraduates who are in the penultimate year of their degree course. Undergraduates can also apply during their second year if they are completing a four year degree which features a third year abroad.
Applications will open on 1 November 2013.
The 2013 programmes dates are -
Monday 17 June to Friday 5 July 2013
Monday 8 July to Friday 26 July 2013
Monday 29 July to Friday 16 August 2013
As part of our summer programmes, approximately 12 vacation students will have the opportunity to spend a week in one of our four key international offices. Our international vacation programme takes place following completion of a three week summer placement in London.
Individuals interested in the international opportunities can only apply if they accept a place on one of the London summer vacation placements. The selection process includes a short application form and an interview (via video conference) with a partner from the relevant office.
The destinations for the 2012 international vacation programme are: Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York. Please click on the following link IVP to read about some of the experiences our summer 2011 vacation students had in these cities.
To find out more about our vacation programmes, watch on our 'Day in the Life' video.'