What We Look For

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What we look for


We welcome people who are driven, future focused and creative. People who aren’t afraid to go beyond their comfort zone, and want to work at the forefront of their profession. At A&O, you should be ready to embrace change, challenge ways of working, and be keen to develop broad technological and commercial awareness outside your chosen specialism.

There’s no such thing as a typical Allen & Overy candidate. We’re open-minded and look for people who share that quality. We also mean it when we say your university and degree subject doesn’t matter – almost half of our trainee population are from non-law backgrounds and we do not have a shortlist of preferred universities.

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

Mental Agility

Critical thinking



Applies a sharp and insightful mind to work challenges. Accurately analyses information, including numerical data.

Change Agility



Intellectual curiosity

Thrives on change and actively instigates innovative improvement. Is passionate about learning and keen to develop skills and knowledge to enhance performance.

People Agility


Emotional intelligence

Builds consistently excellent working relationships with clients and colleagues. Uses deep understanding of others, from all backgrounds, to adapt influencing style. A supportive colleague and team player.

Solutions Agility


Technology awareness

Drive & Motivation


Highly energetic with keen focus on results. 
Persists to overcome obstacles. Delivers work in an efficient, effective, timely and technology-savvy way. Meets deadlines and has a fine-tuned detail and quality ‘radar’.


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 (136 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

Please note we do consider mitigating circumstances when reviewing applications.

We also use a contextualised recruitment system to ensure we employ people from a variety of backgrounds. The system enables us to understand your achievements in the context in which they were gained.

Interview adjustments

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 email Ben Moult from the graduate recruitment team at ben.moult@allenovery.com to discuss your query in confidence.