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Employer Information

  • Application deadline: Application cycle for 2009 ends July 31st.
  • Starting salaries: The current salary for first year trainees (as at September 2008) is £38,000 rising to £42,200 in the second year of training and £60,000 on qualification.

What is Allen and Overy ?

Allen and Overy is an international law firm with 5,000 staff working in 31 major centres worldwide, that provides legal support and advice to a number of the world's leading businessess, governments and institutions. The firm is dedicated to fairness and justice around the world, and offers expert advice in a number of legal disciplines, from real estate to private client relations, from tax to corporate banking markets. Its main expertise lies in the finances field, where its presence in international capital transfers is most notable.

What roles are available at Allen and Overy ?
Vacation Schemes Trainee Solicitors (Training Contracts) Experienced Lawyers Paralegals

Application process for Allen and Overy.

Application online at http://www.aograduate.com/en/

Entry requirements and type of person suited for Allen and Overy.

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, and 340 Ucas Points (AAB) at A-Level or equivalent. Applicants must show a number of skills such as logical thinking, problem solving, team work, ability to cope with pressure, leadership and motivation, communication skills and commercial awareness. They must also complement the firm's hard-working, professional and friendly atmosphere.

Future prospects and training at Allen and Overy

Graduates on the training schemes would be involved, from the start, with high profile cases in whichever field they are currently immersed in. International options during the training process are available in the second year. All applicants will get a training plan tailored to them, which allows the selection of the the different areas the placements will involve, as well as selecting one area as the priority department to train. Graduates are encouraged to take part in pro-bono and community projects alongside their training, to maximise experience. Professional skills courses are run alongside your technical training. Upon qualification, personal and business skills courses are still available.

Other comments about Allen and Overy.


If you have applied to Allen and Overy, we would like you to hear from you. Please use the following form to detail your experiences of application, to aid those interested in following a similar career path.

Position applied for: Vacation Scheme

Year of Application: 2010

Region: London (Bishops Square offices)

Educational Background: Law LLB (University of Warwick)

What were your experiences of the application process?

After having completed the online application form some candidates will be shortlisted and invited to one of Allen & Overy's "assessment days". The assessment day is split into two parts. The first part centres upon an informal and relatively relaxed chat with an associate about your application form. It covers the usual competency based questions; why are you interested in corporate law? Why have you specifically applied to Allen & Overy? What sort of qualities do you have which you think are necessary to succeed in this profession? Etc. It tends to last for about 50 minutes to one hour and it's also your opportunity to ask any questions about the firm.

The second interview was considerably more intense and it centres upon a case study which you're given ~30 minutes to read. The case study is generally about 15 pages long and it consists of both fictitious financial reports and information about a business and it's proposed future plans; usually a merger or acquisition with or of another firm. You have to read through the case study and produce some form of "due dilligence" report; you then have 10 minutes to present your findings to a partner. He/she will then go through the case study and question you in some detail about particular aspects of it.

What is it like working for Allen and Overy?

No proper experience but everybody seemed very friendly and helpful. Although the interviews are tough and you will be pushed, the interviewers do you make you feel comfortable. The offices were very nice and the facilities are excellent; there's a gym, on-site doctor and dentist, bars, restaurants and roof terraces. etc.

How has it compared to your expectations?

Generally what I expected; although pleasant surprised by the "collegiate" atmosphere. Despite the size of the firm there wasn't the sense of being a small fish in a big sea.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?


Finally, any advice you would give to potential applicants?

Be calm, particularly in the second interview and don't panic if you don't know the answer to a question. Don't be afraid to ask for clarification on a particular point and ask for some direction if you're genuinely struggling with something. The second interview is designed to test how you cope with pressure and whilst they are also testing your analytical skills and business acumen, they also want to see how you work and if you're the type of person who'll be compatible with the firm's culture.

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