We believe there’s no such thing as a typical Allen & Overy candidate and we actively seek a diverse trainee intake. We also mean it when we say your university and degree subject doesn’t matter – 45% of our trainees are from non-law backgrounds and we do not have a shortlist of preferred universities. Our current trainee intake often represents over 30 different universities.

We will look for the following skills and attributes throughout our selection process:


We look for a consistently strong academic performance. All candidates must:

  • be on track for or have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 (or equivalent) in their first degree in any discipline, and we ask you to provide all of your degree module grades on the application form (regardless of whether they count towards your degree)
  • have achieved AAB (340 UCAS points) at A-level (or equivalent), and this must be achieved in three A levels taken in the same year and excludes General Studies

Core Skills

At Allen & Overy we will look for you to demonstrate these core skills:

  • A commitment to a career in international commercial law
  • A commitment to, and clear articulation, of why you want to work at Allen & Overy
  • Commercial awareness of both the law and business
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Planning and organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention-to-detail

Useful insights

For some useful insights into what we look for, come and meet us on-campus or download our Applications and Interview Advice document.

If you consider yourself to have a disability and would like to discuss any additional requirements that may need to be made during the selection process, please e-mail Charlotte Webb at charlotte.webb@allenovery.com to discuss your query in confidence.