At Allen & Overy 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 schemes offer.
What does a vacation scheme offer?
Each year we offer 60 vacancies across our winter and summer schemes. We pay our vacation students £250 per week. In each of our schemes you will assist your trainer — a partner or an associate — on real deals and sit in two different departments (one during the shorter winter scheme). 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.
If you secure a vacation scheme we guarantee you the opportunity to interview for a training contract at the end of your placement.
Join date: March 2015
Key facts: Studied Pharmacology at Manchester
Having decided on a change of direction into a law career I set about looking into the sort of firm I wanted to work for. For me the greatest test was to get out and meet the people that actually worked for the firm at the campus events. It was here that Allen & Overy really stood out.
Their training is considered to be of the highest standard and their global presence offers great opportunities for travel, which were key factors for me, but also the engagement and genuine interest that was shown from partners and trainees alike made a great impression on me.
Being from a background quite disparate to law I felt that getting some hands on experience was essential; the vacation scheme at Allen & Overy, thankfully open to postgraduate students, was the perfect opportunity for me. During the placement my trainer took the time to explain the work that he was doing and endeavoured to get me involved on many projects wherever possible. Here I saw the collaboration that goes on between groups; even when in different countries. I was also set a challenging due diligence exercise by a partner giving me a great insight into one of the main tasks performed during the acquisition of a company.
In addition to the departmental work, group based tasks were set for the vacation students including a client pitch and negotiating exercises. There was definitely always something to do and the fact that the lawyers work very hard was not concealed from us. However, the need to have fun was also stressed with social events organised for the vacation students to get to know each other and to meet some trainees to ask questions about everyday life at Allen & Overy.
The vacation scheme gave me some great experience and highlighted Allen & Overy as a firm with an open and friendly culture. Teamwork is promoted creating a great work environment and allowing for the best possible service to be provided to clients. These factors along with the stimulating and global nature of the work mean I am very excited about joining the Allen & Overy team.
Join date: March 2014
Key facts: Studied Law at Oxford
My vacation scheme application process involved a good deal of research but I believe it paid off when I was offered a place on the Allen & Overy summer vacation programme.
With Allen & Overy I was able to experience outstanding quality work, a firm with a truly global outlook, exciting challenges at all levels and as important from the point of view of a potential trainee, a firm with a genuine interest in its people and in particular its trainees.
My first seat was in Project Finance where I worked with a partner and an associate. On my second day I was invited to sit in on a phone conference spanning three continents, which gave me an insight into the global nature of the work that the firm is involved in. I spent some time in Corporate M&A where I was involved in providing advice for some of the UK’s largest companies.
I was also involved in a client pitch exercise. Here, teams of vacation students worked together to research a client and deliver a presentation to partners. This exercise highlighted the importance of sector specific knowledge and the role of the firm as strategic business advisors.
In addition to the interesting and challenging work, the vacation programme provided many opportunities to socialise not only with the other vacation students but also with trainees and associates. A personal highlight of mine was being invited to participate, and emerging victorious, in the annual Allen & Overy 5-a-side football competition.
The opportunity to participate in the vacation programme at Allen & Overy gave me a real insight into what is a dynamic and constantly variable working environment at an international firm. I am looking forward to starting my career with the firm.
When do vacation schemes run?
Our three-week summer vacation scheme 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 15 October to 31 December 2014
The 2015 programme runs:
- 22 June-10 July 2015
- 13 July-31 July 2015
As part of our summer vacation scheme, approximately 12 students will have the opportunity to spend an additional week in one of our international offices. Our international vacation scheme 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 2014 international vacation programme are: Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York. Please click here to read about some of the experiences previous vacation students have had in these cities.
Our eight day winter vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates from any degree discipline.
Applications will open on 1 October and run to 31 October 2014
The 2014 programme runs:
- 10-19 December 2014