The conversation about careers begins the moment you arrive at university. Competition for places on the most prestigious graduate schemes is intense so, it’s never too early to start considering your options. However, at Allen & Overy, we recognise that it can be hard to know where to begin. If you’re thinking that a career in commercial law might be for you then A&O First is a great place to start.
A&O First is a work experience programme and support network designed exclusively for first-year undergraduate students in the UK. This year, we are re-launching the scheme, and offering you the chance to develop even more of the skills you need to be a successful lawyer. We’re increasing the amount of time you would spend with us, which means greater exposure to the work we do through work-shadowing and more opportunities to learn everything you might need to know about the firm.
- exclusive access to our graduate team for advice and guidance for the duration of the programme
- 2 day workshop in April, followed by a return office visit in September
- work shadowing to see the role of a lawyer first-hand
- legal and business skills training
- ongoing support from a trainee ‘buddy’
- valuable networking with associates and partners
- access to an online network
- opportunity to be fast-tracked to an assessment centre for a Vacation Scheme or an A&O Training Contract
Through A&O First you’ll have ongoing contact with recruiters, trainees and other students interested in law.
A&O First is more than work experience. It’s both a programme and a network, offering continuous support as you develop your understanding of law careers and your relationship with Allen & Overy. Through A&O First you will have ongoing contact with recruiters, trainees and other students enabling you to ask questions, pick up tips and share and test your own insights.
Exclusively for first-year undergraduate students and open to all degree disciplines – The application window opens 15 January 2017 and will close on 15 February 2017.
A&O First has been designed specifically to enable you as a first-year student to access information and gain experience while you are still deciding whether a legal career, or a career with Allen & Overy, is for you.
You will need to complete our online application form in order to apply. Successful candidates will then be invited to a telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Recruitment team. We’ll be looking for evidence of your commercial awareness, commitment to extra-curricular activities and interest in finding out more about law and, in particular, Allen & Overy.
- exclusively for first-year Undergraduate students
- open to students form any degree discipline
- the application window is 15 January to 15 February 2017
Post questions and pick up hints and tips from our recruitment team and your A&O First peers.
Running alongside this programme you’ll have access to an exclusive online forum actively hosted by our recruiting team. You’ll be able to ask questions and share insights with your A&O First peers. We will regularly post new information and useful resources such as sample interview questions and help you to develop stronger responses in preparation for your possible application.