The Firm

At a time of significant change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 87-year history.

We will do this by ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face.

Building on our long heritage enables us to attract the most talented people and continue to deliver this level of innovation with and for our clients.

To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network makes us one of the largest and most connected law firms in the world, with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.


A&O First is a programme for first year students, or second years on a four year course. A&O First is much more than just work experience. It’s a year-long programme and global support network designed to give you all the information, contacts and experience you need to decide whether a legal career, and a career with Allen & Overy, is what you want.

Applications open 14 January 2019.

Our Open Day is open to anyone in the second year of their undergraduate degree and onwards, as well as graduates from any degree discipline, who want to get greater insight into a career in commercial law. Open day includes opportunity to hear from A&O lawyers on what makes our firm different, as well as develop some key skills. We also tailor our workshops to suit you, so that your experience on the day will be unique. There will be informative presentations on our firm and the chance to network with people across the business. Open Day runs on the 12 March this year so please check availability.

Applications open 14 January 2019.

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.

Applications for both schemes open 1 October 2018.