GDL & LPC
We have selected BPP as our law school partner for both the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to ensure you arrive here with the best possible foundation in legal knowledge and skills, and are ready to start working with our clients.
Graduate diploma in Law (GDL)
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 Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) 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 GDL, this will include people studying Law in Scotland and Ireland who have not studied English Land Law during their degree.
The GDL is a one-year (or two-year part time) course designed to teach you research skills and everything you need to know about law before you join those who already have a Law degree.
To find out what you need to do once you have completed your GDL click here. We require all non-law candidates who have accepted a Training Contract prior to starting law school to study the GDL.
If you have any extenuating circumstances which may affect where you can study the GDL please contact us.
Legal practice course (LPC)
Following the completion of your degree and prior to commencing your Training Contract with us, we will require you to complete the Allen & Overy accelerated LPC at BPP Law School. This is a compressed 6½ month course (preceded by the GDL if you did not study Law at university).
Our fee earners and training team have worked closely with BPP to develop a bespoke accelerated LPC that reflects the particular requirements of a legal career in the City. The course features materials based on real examples of the transactions we do and enables you to familiarise yourself with our precedents, making it easier when you start at Allen & Overy. 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.
Completing the accelerated Allen & Overy LPC (MA with Business) means you will also develop strong bonds with your future colleagues and build friendships from day one.
In addition, you will also attend insight days at our office at One Bishops Square and be allocated a current trainee to be your buddy, enabling you to build links beyond your trainee cohort and get a feel for how we approach our work. Some of the initial classes will be shared with future trainees from other firms to enable you to expand your network. You will also attend lectures and seminars delivered by our lawyers, which will help you build your network in the firm and learn more about how we approach deals at A&O.
From the moment you accept your offer with us, you are part of the team. We keep in regular contact with you not only throughout university and law school but also if you take time out to travel or pursue further study, we offer you support and keep you up-to-date with what’s happening at Allen & Overy.
We offer two intakes for our LPC each year. For future trainees joining in a March intake, they will be expected to start the LPC in the July of the previous year.
For those joining in a September intake, they will be expected to start the LPC in the January of the same year.
For more details on financial support during your LPC, please see our rewards and benefits section.
Studied at Law at Leeds University.
The A&O LPC (MA with Business) is an accelerated course; you do the full LPC and two thirds of a Masters in Business in six months. By virtue of the course being so short, this makes it more intense than undergraduate study, but it also helps to get you in the right frame of mind before joining the firm. The MA is initially split into two modules; Business Finance and Business Strategy, both of which allow you to gain a greater understanding of commercial issues a client may face.
The finance part covers funding structures, ways of raising finance and the various financial analyses and tools that you can use to understand how a company is performing, which provides an interesting perspective. For our assignment, we looked at two major pharmaceutical companies and compared their financials in order to produce a comparative analysis. For the strategy aspect, we had to conduct an in-depth SWOT analysis of a company of our choosing; This helps you to understand how to research and learn about an industry sector and provides a framework for focusing on an individual client’s commercial concerns. The final part of the MA, a Business Intelligence Project, is completed when you are a trainee, usually in your third seat.
The LPC is made up of the same core modules that you would do anywhere, but as we used A&O precedents during seminars, this helpfully shows what A&O documents look like and how to style them. You study at BPP Law School in Holborn and you have regular contact sessions with the firm during the LPC. There were presentations on seat choice, the structure of the Training Contract, and frequent social events, which gave an opportunity to meet people at various levels who were currently at the firm. As well as this, our intake set up a group on social media so we could arrange to do things outside of class.
It’s great to be able to get to know your future colleagues during the LPC.; it means you have a support network in place from your first day at the firm, and you will have already forged a number of strong friendships.
My advice about the LPC would be to treat it like a job from the outset. It’s a 12-month course condensed into six, so it is hard work, but it’s good to cultivate those habits early. As for seat choices, I’d recommend to keep an open mind, and not to pigeonhole yourself into one type of practice area or to dismiss another. There’s so much variety and it’s best to go into it just wanting to learn and soak up every bit of knowledge that you can. Reaching this stage takes a long time but those last six months really fly by so make the most of the time and use it to prepare for your Training Contract.