The conversation about careers begins the moment you arrive at university. Competition for places on the most prestigious graduate schemes is intense so, it’s never too early to start considering your options. However, at Allen & Overy, we recognise that it can be hard to know where to begin. If you’re thinking that a career in commercial law might be for you then A&O First is a great place to start.

A&O First is a work experience programme and support network designed exclusively for first-year undergraduate students in the UK. This year, we are re-launching the scheme, and offering you the chance to develop even more of the skills you need to be a successful lawyer. We’re increasing the amount of time you would spend with us, which means greater exposure to the work we do through work-shadowing and more opportunities to learn everything you might need to know about the firm.

  • exclusive access to our graduate team for advice and guidance for the duration of the programme
  • 2 day workshop in April, followed by a return office visit in September
  • work shadowing to see the role of a lawyer first-hand
  • legal and business skills training
  • ongoing support from a trainee ‘buddy’
  • valuable networking with associates and partners
  • access to an online network
  • opportunity to be fast-tracked to an assessment centre for a Vacation Scheme or an A&O Training Contract