Can I work in any of Allen & Overy's offices during the summer?toggle
Allen & Overy places summers in our Hong Kong, London, New York & Washington, D.C. offices, with a majority of placements in the New York office. The number of summer associates in each office for summers 2015 and 2014, respectively, were: New York (13, 14), Washington, D.C. (5, 4), London (8, 3), and Hong Kong (2, 1).
Is training offered to summer associates?toggle
Yes, weekly training sessions and practice area presentations are offered during the summer. Additionally, summer associates are invited to all of the regularly scheduled professional development programs offered throughout the summer and are free to attend what interests them.
Can I split my summer with Allen & Overy?toggle
We encourage summer associates to spend as many weeks as possible with Allen & Overy. We allow splits between Allen & Overy offices, where there is a sincere interest and genuine possibility that the summer associate might wish to and be able to begin his/her Allen & Overy career in either of the relevant offices. Splits with other firms are only permitted when there is a geographical issue (i.e. the second firm's office is located in a city where there is no Allen & Overy office). Summer associates who choose to split are required to spend at least eight weeks at Allen & Overy.
Summer associates are able to work in all of the U.S. practice areas that are available in the office they summer in. Summer associates are asked to specify preferences in terms of practice areas from which projects will be assigned to them. Members of the Recruitment Committee oversee the work allocation for every summer associate. In the U.S., summer associates meet with the work allocation committee every other week to discuss the projects they are working on and bring up any changes in practice area interests. The work assignment process throughout the summer is very flexible and hands-on.
How are assignments allocated to summer associates?toggle
Summer associates are asked to specify preferences in terms of practice areas from which projects will be assigned to them. In the New York, Washington, D.C., and London offices, members of the Recruitment Committee oversee the work allocation for every summer associate. In the U.S., summer associates meet with the work allocation committee every other week to discuss the projects they are working on and bring up any changes in practice area interests. The work assignment process throughout the summer is very flexible and hands-on.
How do summer associates get feedback on their performance?toggle
Allen & Overy encourages our attorneys to give feedback upon every summer associate's completion of a project. Formal feedback is also collected from the attorneys who work with a summer associate, and it is compiled for both a mid-summer and an exit review.
Are there any pro bono opportunities offered during the summer?toggle
Allen & Overy has a strong dedication to pro bono work within our community. A partner in each of the offices acts as the pro bono coordinator and he/she will assign summer associates to pro bono cases that come through the office during the summer. Summer associates are also encouraged to let us know if there is a pro bono project they would like to take on during the summer.
How soon will students hear back from Allen & Overy after on-campus interviews?toggle
Students should hear back from Allen & Overy within a week of their on-campus interview.
How does the call-back process work?toggle
The callback process for our London, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices follows the timeline as put forth by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Our callback interviews are held throughout the fall, and vary in style depending on which office the summer associate is interested in. In New York and Washington, D.C., students meet with two partners and two associates in the office (two of whom are members of the recruitment committee), and go to lunch or coffee with two junior associates following the office interviews. In the London office, students meet with a mixture of U.S. and U.K. partners as well as members of the recruitment committee in our London office. Candidates interested in the Hong Kong office will have their callback conducted in the New York office in early September where they will meet with partners from the Hong Kong office as well as our partner and associates in New York who work in the U.S. China Group.
How does the offer process work once I have interviewed in the office?toggle
In our London, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices the Recruitment Committee convenes once a week to make offer decisions, and responses are promptly made to each student. In each office, travel and accommodations are provided for an out-of-town trip. Offers for summer associate positions will remain open for 28 days from the date of the offer with a 14-day affirmation period. Our Hong Kong office conducts interviews during early to mid September and the Recruitment Committee meets as needed to make offer decisions.
Is there a rotation system for entry level associates?toggle
There is a rotation system in the U.S. offices. All associates will rotate through two departments for six months each during their first 12 months at the firm. Associates will be allowed to opt out of a second rotation if they confirm they want to make the department of their first rotation their permanent choice and the department agrees to accept that. For incoming classes, every effort will be made to accommodate as many people's first choice as possible.
Are there any interviewing tips you can provide?toggle
Our advice is to be yourself and be prepared. Make sure you can speak to everything that is listed on your resume as an interviewer will look to it for discussion points. Think about the themes you want to convey to the interviewer and how you can best express those themes through specific examples and your experiences. Be thoughtful in your answers and allow your personality to show.