LawTech Graduate Programme
LawTech Graduate Programme
Drive transformation with an impact
At Allen & Overy, the future isn’t just something we adapt to. We’re in the front seat, driving advancement and innovation.
By investing in the fusion of technology and law, we’re shaping how the industry utilises the latest innovation. We work smarter and bolder, so that we can deliver solutions fast, and at scale. From artificial intelligence to data visualisation, project management tools to data-driven decision making, we are transforming both the services we offer and the ways in which we deliver them.
That’s where our LawTech Graduate Programme comes in. We are looking for creative and ambitious people, to drive transformation at the heart of the firm. We provide our trainees with the skills to succeed and the support and resources to re-define the role of tech in law.
Final year students or graduates, preferably with a STEM or Economics degree background.
13 December 2021 - 13 January 2022
You’ll rotate through various areas in Advanced Delivery & Solutions – our Markets Innovation Group, Project Management, Legal Tech and Fuse or eDiscovery teams.
This experience isn’t just about learning from a range of experts, you’ll be playing your role in our transformation, helping us to innovative our solutions and service delivery from every angle.
This could just be the start. When you finish the programme, you will have the opportunity to pursue a permanent role in one of these areas.
£35,000 in the first year
£40,000 in the second year
We champion the use of technology across the sector. We're innovating in fields such as AI, data extraction & visualisation and rules-based analysis.
We bring together A&O lawyers, clients and start-ups in a specially-designed space in our London office to develop and implement technology-enabled solutions. We are solving some of the most intractable challenges faced by companies, financial institutions and law firms today.
We play a key role in the revolution taking place at the firm. Whether that’s providing tools, training and support to our lawyers, or evolving the way we deliver work, we make change possible.
We specialise in developing tech-based legal solutions for clients. We’re supporting and guiding them through an evolving landscape and leading the way through unprecedented legal and regulatory challenges.
We strive to better utilise the data available to us. We’re always focusing on providing insights to support our team with a variety of litigation, arbitration and investigation matters and embedding smarter working practices into our traditional process.
Head of Fuse
We’re committed to creating an environment where people can lift themselves out of the traditional view of law and instead see that there are a lot of different ways of accomplishing things by looking from a different perspective.
To succeed, you’ll still need the rigour, the grit and resilience that forms a good lawyer, but you will be able to blend that with being open-minded, unafraid to try new things and be a passionate agent of change. I don’t think tech skills are the be all and end all, I don’t have any STEM skills for example, but I do have the above, and those characteristics are important in not just coming up with a great idea, but being able to put that into planning and execution.
What I particularly love about this programme is that you get to be at the helm of changing things. Here you get to be part of looking at the problem, choosing the tech and being part of the solution. It’s empowering and a very rare opportunity to understand a vast plethora of things that feed into law. There are so many multidisciplinary teams required for a law firm to function effectively and this is an opportunity to get a seat in the tech focused departments. It develops a real variety of skillsets and offers a broad view of different practice groups through the lens of resources, project management and tech.
As a chemistry graduate from Cambridge, I was unsure if it was even appropriate to apply for the programme as I’d never studied law, but I was interested in legal tech and the role of tech in finance and business. Having been in the role for two years, I can say that it was a great decision to go for and I’ve really enjoyed my time here.
I’ve now applied for a full-time role in the project management team. What I like about project management the most is that there isn’t any typical work that the team does. We work on the largest matters in the firm, often multijurisdictional, coordinating lawyers from different departments.
While it helps to be inquisitive, analytical and entrepreneurial, there is no one type of person who would be perfect in the programme. People are varied and their interests are different. It is not essential to have legal knowledge, a lot of the work is advising on new tech so an analytical approach spotting places to advise on and build out, and an interest in new and emerging technologies, would be beneficial.
A&O prides itself in the training of their graduates and I’ve learnt so much due to the massive focus on development. My managers are a key part of this, taking time out of their day to discuss learning objectives with me and generally checking in on work. The project management are an especially great team of friendly, sociable people.
Don’t worry if you’re not a lawyer, if you put the work in and are willing to learn you will enjoy it. I studied Biomedical Engineering at Imperial, specialising in bio-focused tech and coding in my third year, before going abroad to UCLA. There I took a law class and absolutely loved it and that’s how I ended up looking into law and combining it with my interest in technology.
What got me interested in the programme was that I was able to rotate between seats. We rotate through four teams and departments, I did e-discovery first, I now sit in the Markets Innovation Group (MIG) and I’m really enjoying it.
I’ve been working recently in MIG on a proof of concept which involves building a tech platform in a new field on Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) regulations. ESG is gaining more and more traction as sustainability continues to become a growing concern for companies and investors. Asset managers and other financial institutions will be subject to disclosing a lot more documents in the near future and so this solution aims to help clients keep track of their disclosures and automate what would have otherwise been a very long process.
Legal tech is bringing law into the current times. It allows us to do things efficiently, cutting down time and costs for clients, and is absolutely the way forward. As lawyers tend to look through things on a case by case basis, tech is a great way to scale up solutions which would allow people who perhaps do not have access to the best resources, to still obtain the best advice.
Advanced Delivery & Solutions Explained
Reasons to join
If you are fascinated by tech, and driven to make a difference with your career, this programme could be the opportunity for you. The progress we make has a direct impact on our clients, and by enhancing and streamlining traditional law practices, we make legal representation more accessible to everyone. A career in legal tech, provides graduates with the chance to be at the helm of change and innovation.
We recruit four LawTech graduates each year.
You'll undergo a two-year development programme designed to equip you with the technical knowledge, industry awareness and variety of project experience needed to qualify in to one of the areas. A&O will also support and fund recognised training and qualifications as you rotate through the four areas, including: project management (PRINCE2), Strategyser and RelativityOne Review Pro.
Once you have completed your two-year training, you will have the opportunity to further your career within your preferred function.
What we look for
Curiosity is the key to succeeding in this team. It’s more than a love of learning, but the desire to question everything; looking for better ways of working, sharing new ideas and always finding that drive to discover something that could change everything.
This means we’re able to welcome applicants from all universities with any degree. Whichever subject you studied, if you can ask the right questions and show your commitment to helping us innovate – you could be the perfect candidate for our LawTech graduate programme. Our academic requirements are AAB (136 UCAS points) or equivalent at A-Level and on track for/achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree. We do take into account mitigating circumstances, including those relating to a disability, which may have affected your grades either at school or university and there is a space on the application form to include these.
1. Online Application
This is your time to stand out. We are interested in your journey to date, your areas of interest and in particular, why this role appeals to you. In this stage, you will answer two short essay questions and detail your work and education history.
If your online application is successful, the next stage will be a virtual assessment day composed of two one-on-one interviews.
The first interview will be a case study, focused on the type of work you will be exposed to in this role. You will have time to work through a short brief and prepare a short presentation to deliver to your interviewer. This will be followed by a discussion on the key points from the case study.
In the second interview you will be asked a series of questions based on scenarios you may encounter as an LawTech graduate.