Vacation Schemes

Vacation Scheme

Vacation Schemes

Everything you’re aiming for.

It can be difficult trying to differentiate one firm from another. That’s why our Vacation Schemes are a great way to experience our cutting-edge work and collaborative culture.

As part of the scheme, you’ll gain real and valuable experience from day one, working alongside our lawyers on live deals and cases. There are a plethora of events and presentations to attend where you’ll learn about key elements of our practice while developing the skills you need to be a successful international commercial lawyer.

But it’s not all work and no play. There’s plenty of time to socialise with our graduate recruitment team, lawyers and partners as well as the other students on your scheme - broadening your knowledge of the firm and building your network.

We offer the flexibility of two schemes across Winter and Summer, with students joining us in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study or who have already graduated. An opportunity across both schemes is participation in our REACH Buddy Scheme. This is a mentoring scheme that is run by A&O’s Race & Ethnicity network. It offers mentorship during the scheme and beyond and is focused on improving the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities within the firm. The Scheme is also deeply committed to enabling social mobility regardless of racial or ethnic background.

It is yet to be confirmed whether our winter scheme will take place in a virtual format or in the office. All those successful at interview and invited to participate will be kept informed and paid £450 for the week, as well as be considered for a training contract regardless of the format of the scheme.

If your hard work and passion shines through, you could be considered for a Training Contract at the end of your placement.

International Vacation Scheme

Cultural awareness, teamwork and a global mind-set are skills that are vital to your success as a lawyer here. Our lawyers work in multijurisdictional teams on a daily basis and we encourage them to work overseas at least once during their career. This is why we offer an International Vacation Scheme to those who have been on our London Vacation Scheme, giving them the chance to apply for the opportunity to spend an additional week in one of our international offices. This opportunity is reviewed each year and decisions/locations will be based on travel guidelines imposed due to COVID.


Students currently in penultimate or final year of study, and graduates across all degree disciplines.

Winter Vacation Scheme

Applications now closed

Summer Vacation Scheme

Application deadline 20 December 2020

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What we look for

We look for individuals with potential: open-mindedness, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking. These are the skills that will set your application apart and set you up for success. There isn’t one ‘type’ of person we’re looking for: we welcome applications from all graduates who are passionate about commercial law and innovation, regardless of the university they attended and the degree they earned.

Our clients rely on us for more than just outstanding legal advice – they trust us to guide them through uncertain times, deliver business growth and advise them on the future. If you have the ability, ambition and the determination to make that happen, then you’ll thrive as a Vacation Scheme candidate.

Our academic requirements are AAB (136 UCAS points) or equivalent at A-Level and on track for/achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree. Candidates need to meet both these criteria in order to apply however, we do take into account mitigating circumstances.

Application Process

1. Apply

Once you submit your online application, you’ll be prompted to complete an immersive video based Situational Judgement Test (SJT), taking around 20 minutes. The SJT is designed to provide a realistic preview of what you may experience as a trainee at A&O.

You will be given 48 hours in which to complete the test. We advise you submit your online application at least 48 hours prior to the deadline to give you time to complete both the online application and SJT by the deadline.


2. Interviews

If your application is successful, the next stage will be an assessment day comprising of two one-on-one interviews.

The first interview is based on a commercial case study, where you’ll have time to work through a 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.

The second interview will assess your skills, knowledge, and motivation for a legal career at Allen & Overy. In addition, you will be asked a series of questions based on scenarios you may encounter as a trainee.

3. Offer

After your interview, we will aim to get back to you with a decision as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the outcome, we’re committed to providing constructive feedback on your interveiw performance.



Summer Vacation Scheme

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