Law Tech & Operations Graduate Programme
Law Tech & Operations Graduate Programme
Find your place in the future of tech.
If you’re not sure where you belong in tech, this is your chance to get exploring and discover how tech can improve our world. Across your rotations you’ll be immersed in an industry that’s new to you, and you’ll make your mark in a tech field that’s new to everyone.
Tech is now transforming the legal profession. From artificial intelligence to data visualisation, project management tools to data-driven decision making, A&O is leading the way by transforming the services we offer and the ways in which we deliver them. And by streamlining traditional law practices, we’re making legal representation more accessible to everyone.
That’s where our Law Tech & Operations Graduate Programme comes in. You’ll get to see the bigger picture behind tech and legal operational expertise as you work alongside coders, developers, legal project managers, lawyers and clients, and you’ll help bridge the gap between traditional law and the modern world. On your rotations, you’ll drive tech forwards as a project manager, you’ll test new technologies, and you’ll imagine how new tech might solve clients’ problems more efficiently. And along the way, you’ll speak up and share your newfound expertise across the business.
We’re able to welcome final-year students or graduates from all universities with any degree.
18 December 2023 - 2 February 2024
This programme will set you up with the foundation and skills you’ll need for a range of exciting future careers in technology.
Law Tech & Operations graduates are based in Advanced Delivery & Solutions, where we help clients embrace technological change with alternative solutions, consulting, and strategic advice. You’ll rotate through different teams in A,D&S: our Markets Innovation Group, Legal Project Management, Legal Tech, Practice Transformation Team and Fuse or eDiscovery teams.
You will also gain experience in different legal practice areas, such as Corporate or International Capital Markets. And by the end of the programme, you’ll have your own expertise in both technology and the legal profession, ready for a unique career.
On your rotations, you’ll be learning from your expert mentors while making your own impact on live projects. That means you can share your own unique perspective from day one, supporting on client pitches and communicating new technologies and innovative ideas to lawyers and teams across the business. You’ll learn to be the expert in the room, and you’ll play a meaningful role in our transformation, helping us to continuously improve our solutions and service delivery from every angle.
And this could be just the start. When you finish the programme, we’ll aim to help you find a permanent role in the team that best matches your talents, and you’ll be supported to surprise yourself by exploring unexpected futures.
£37,500 in the first year
£43,000 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 Allen & Overy 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. Project management is a vital skill in today’s legal world, effective project management is critical to turning our clients’ ambitions into reality, whether that’s providing tools, training, and support to our lawyers, or evolving the way we deliver work, we work with our lawyers and clients to 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.
Law Tech & Operations Graduate
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.
Advanced Delivery & Solutions Explained
Reasons to join
If you’re fascinated by tech and its potential to make a difference, this programme is for you. Law Tech & Operations cohorts are small and close-knit, so you’ll get individual mentoring and support to discover your niche. And the rotations cover very different teams and ways of working, so you can discover where you fit.
On this programme, we’ll enhance and modernise traditional law practices together and make legal representation accessible to everyone. Legal Tech is on the frontline of defining what every part of law will look like in the future, and this programme will give you the opportunity to shape it.
Allen & Overy will also support and fund recognised training and qualifications as you rotate through the tech areas, including project management (PRINCE2), Strategyser and RelativityOne Review Pro. These qualifications could launch your career in tech project management.
Our cohorts are small. By recruiting just four graduates each year, we’re able to offer you real responsibility early on and help you to make a difference on a wide range of important projects. Small cohorts also make it more likely that our graduates will find a permanent role in their chosen area at the end of the programme.
It doesn’t matter if you’re unsure which area of technology you would like to specialise in. Our two-year programme offers you the opportunity to experience four 6-month rotational seats in a wide variety of areas, equipping you with the technical knowledge, industry awareness and variety of project experience needed to qualify for a future career at Allen & Overy.
We’re an established organisation with an entrepreneurial mindset. You’ll work within a start-up-like environment and try something new each day – all while encountering new challenges and problems your managers may not always have the answers to. That’s why we’ll give you the space to think and create new solutions, and help you feel empowered from day one.
This role won’t be focused solely on technology, or a certain niche area or element of the industry. As a result, you’ll be able to gain a variety of transferable skills including project management and consultancy, as well as gain exposure to a broad range of technology.
This is the perfect opportunity for someone with the ambition to be part of something from the very beginning. Law Tech is a new industry, and you will be given a unique opportunity to innovate your career and make your mark on an evolving area in its infancy.
What we look for
To modernise the legal profession, we need ambitious grads who are curious about emerging tech. That means you don’t need to have experience in law for this programme: we’ll help you learn.
What matters is your curiosity, which will drive you to research and understand the tech in detail, and your passion, which will help you confidently communicate what you’ve found in reports and presentations. Your process-oriented mind will help you understand every step of these exciting, fast-moving projects, and your organisational skills will help you keep projects on track towards success.
That’s why we welcome applicants from all universities with any degree. A STEM, Design, or Economics background might help you in this process-oriented role, but whichever subject you studied, curiosity and the confidence to ask questions will help you build a career on the Law Tech & Operations 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 take mitigating circumstances into account, 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 for you to include these.
We expect those successful in securing positions on this graduate scheme to be fully committed to the two-year programme. Please note that for business continuity reasons, we cannot accept applications from participants for vacation schemes or to transfer to any other graduate programme internally.
Working in Law Tech & Operations
This programme is on the frontline of defining what every part of law will look like in the future and will give you the opportunity to shape it.
From the start, you’ll play a pivotal role in our transformation as well as driving innovation. Hear from our people to get an insight into what the programme is all about and the opportunities it has to offer.
We’re investing in the fusion of technology and law to shape how the industry utilises the latest innovation. We provide our trainees with the skills, support and resources to succeed in re-defining the role of tech in law.
If you are someone who wants to be a part of an industry that’s at the cutting-edge of technology, this programme is for you. Hear from people at A&O on what their experience and highlights in the field of legal tech has been so far.
The application process is designed to give you a platform to show us what you’re capable of and to set you up for success at Allen & Overy.
1. Online Application
This is your time to show us what you’re capable of. 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 on 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 a Law Tech & Operations graduate.
Then & Now
Our A&O Lawyers all started from somewhere. From all kinds of backgrounds. Through every stage of their life, from personal to professional and the challenges along the way, our lawyers look back on the journeys that got them where they are today.
Growing up in Jordan with a genetic condition, Ghazi learned to live life despite limitations. With the grades, curiosity and interest, there was nothing to lose and everything to gain. His story shows anything is possible.
Jennifer has experienced a world, career and life that she never thought would be in her reach. Hear how a summer school for low-income backgrounds changed Jennifer’s perspective on what she could achieve.
Born in Nigeria, Mitch believes nothing is impossible. Now a partner at A&O and mum of three, she has surrounded herself with the right people and has had support from her family every step of the way.