More Reasons to Apply
The best way to learn is from real-world experience. Even in the early stages of your career, you will be given genuine responsibility on client projects. That means that as a trainee, you will be making real contributions to real projects.
You will collaborate with senior lawyers, benefiting from a combination of support and autonomy; support and guidance is always available if you’re unsure of something, but you’ll also be trusted to use your initiative to deliver innovative solutions on client matters.
With Allen & Overy, you’ll be given the support to help you flourish whilst you have the opportunity to make an impact on work that matters.
It’s your heart going faster.
Trainees are able to apply for a secondment to take place during the final six months of their Training Contract. International secondments are enriching experiences that provide you with an awareness of cultural and regional differences, which is especially important as the majority of the work we do is cross-border and international. We currently offer international secondments in 13 of our offices.
Client secondments enable you to better understand how our clients’ businesses run, offering a unique insight that comes from working alongside them.
Your knees going weaker.
Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) & Legal Practice Course (LPC)
We have selected BPP as our law school partner for both the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) to ensure you arrive here with the best possible grounding in legal knowledge and skills, and are ready to start working with our clients.
As a non-law graduate your Training Contract with us will be exactly the same as a law graduate. However, your route to qualification will be slightly different, as you will have to study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) at BPP Law School.
Those who have completed a law degree in an international jurisdiction that is not recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority will also need to complete the PGDL. This includes those who studied a law degree in Scotland and Ireland and did not study English Land Law during this degree.
The PGDL is an eight-month full time course designed to teach you key skills and the foundations of law before you join those who already have a law degree. The PGDL is also available part time but we ask that you complete the full time course, unless agreed otherwise.
We require all non-law candidates who have accepted a Training Contract to study the PGDL.
If you have any personal circumstances, which may affect where you can study the PGDL, please contact us.
For details on financial support during the PGDL, please see our rewards and benefits section.
A&O’s accelerated LPC with LLM qualification
All future trainees, regardless of their degree, are required to take A&O’s accelerated LPC with LLM qualification course at BPP (preceded by the PGDL if you did not study law at university). This bespoke, seven-month accelerated course has been designed to give you both the technical skills and the commercial awareness to be able to start working for our clients from your very first day at the firm.
Alongside the technical modules, you will undertake projects on business finance and business management and strategy that will give you real insight into the kind of issues our clients are facing. We work closely with BPP to develop course content that accurately reflects the work of a commercial law firm, and features materials and examples drawn from our client work.
The modules you will take focus on our core practice areas (Banking, Corporate and International Capital Markets) to ensure your time at Law School provides the best possible preparation for your Training Contract with us.
We offer two intakes for our LPC each year. For future trainees joining in a March intake, you will be expected to start the LPC in the July of the previous year. For those joining in a September intake, you will be expected to start the LPC in the January of the same year.
For details on financial support during the LPC, please see our rewards and benefits section.
Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
As you may know, a new approach to qualification for all prospective lawyers is set to be introduced, replacing the LPC and GDL. Students will need to pass a centralised exam called the SQE and complete two years of qualifying workplace experience.
The SQE is divided into two parts. The first stage, SQE1, assesses a candidate’s ability to apply their legal knowledge. The second, SQE2, will test their legal skills and knowledge.
Trainees joining the firm in 2022 will continue down the LPC route. We are in the process of reviewing the firm’s approach to SQE and, as part of that, the time at which subsequent trainee cohorts will transition to the SQE.
Please check back for further information over the coming months. For further information visit https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe.page
Rewards & Benefits
Our reward and benefits package is designed to provide you with everything you need to develop a truly satisfying career, support your clients, and enjoy a lifestyle that is as balanced as possible.
Together with all the support and encouragement you need to reach your potential both personally and professionally, you can look forward to receiving:
Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)
We will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant of £9,000.
If you only need to study part of the PGDL, we will pay the necessary course fees and a pro-rated maintenance grant.
If you accept your Training Contract after commencing the PGDL, we will pro rata your maintenance grant and your course fees will be refunded in full.
Legal Practice Course (LPC)
We will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant of £10,000.
If you accept your Training Contract after commencing the LPC, we will pro rata your maintenance grant and reimburse your course fees in full.
For students choosing to take the two year LLB course we offer a maximum of £5,000 towards course fees.
Future trainees taking this course also receive a one-off maintenance payment of £5,000.
As well as financial rewards, working at Allen & Overy offers an exceptional range of benefits including insurance (life, permanent health and private medical), pension scheme, an interest-free season ticket loan, as well as a range of on-site facilities including a gym and sports hall, medical, dental and physiotherapy services, a beauty treatment centre, dry cleaners, and two restaurants. Some onsite facilities are currently closed due to COVID-19.
You can apply for an interest-free loan of up to £2,000, which you will repay by the end of your Training Contract. You may decide how to use this, for example – you may like to use this to complete a language study course, to undertake a pro bono or community initiative, or as additional financial support while you are undertaking your studies.
We believe in recognising your achievements – if you achieve a first class degree and/or a distinction in the LPC and a distinction in both business modules in the LPC (Business Finance and Business Management and Strategy) after accepting our offer, we will award you a prize for each of £500.