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A process that lets bright sparks sparkle

We have insight events and four different vacation schemes. A need for ambassadors on key campuses. Training contracts that start in February and August each year. Plus alternative routes depending on whether you’re a law or non-law student. So before you dive into an online application form, have a look at the ‘your journey’ tool to work out which is the best option for you.

Once you’re clear what you want to apply for, give yourself the best possible chance. We want to know about you and what you can bring to the firm. So do your research and work out what sets you apart.

The application process

It’s wise to spend time making sure your application is spot on. But it’s also wise to get it to us early. We don’t wait until the application deadlines to screen and interview candidates.

The process for all insight events, campus ambassadors, vacation schemes and training contracts is similar. If your online application impresses us, we’ll ask you to complete an online critical thinking test. Do well and the next stage is a 30-minute telephone interview featuring questions that investigate your motivations, capabilities and commercial judgement. After that, we’ll invite you to an assessment day that includes another critical thinking test plus face-to-face interviews (not applicable for Insight Events).

Training contracts

1 October 2016

Applications open for training contracts starting in February and August 2019.

31 January 2017

The closing date for applications from non-law students and graduates.

30 June 2017

The closing date for applications from law students.

January to May 2017

We interview non-law students.

January to August 2017

We start interviewing law students.

Vacation schemes

1 October 2016

Applications open for all our vacation schemes.

Winter vacation scheme for all final year students and graduates of any degree discipline

Applications close on 30 October 2016. The scheme runs from 5 - 16 December 2016.

Spring vacation scheme for all students from penultimate-year onwards and graduates

Applications close on 6 January 2017. The scheme runs from 27 March to 7 April 2017.

Summer vacation scheme for all students from penultimate-year onwards and graduates

Applications close on 6 January 2017. We run two of these three-week schemes: the first from 19 June to 7 July 2017 and the second from 17 July to 4 August 2017.

First year opportunities

Spring vacation scheme for first-year law students

Applications close on 24 February 2017. The scheme runs from 10 to 13 April 2017.

In addition, we run three insight events each year for first-year students. Taking part in one will help you understand life in a global law firm and give you a head start when it comes to applying for one of our vacation schemes or training contracts.

The 2017 insight events are on 27 June and 5 July for law students and 15 - 16 June for non-law students. Applications open on 1 October 2016 and close on 24 February 2017.

Campus ambassadors

1 October 2016

Applications open for roles on Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, KCL, LSE, Nottingham, Oxford, UCL, Warwick and York universities.

24 February 2017

Applications close.

April to July 2017

Assessments days held in our London office.

How to prepare

When competition is tough, preparation is key. Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to make sure you’re primed and ready to secure a hotly contested place at our firm.

Submit a first-class online form

  • read it through before you start to complete it. Print off a copy and draft answers first
  • use legal placements, law fairs, legal open days and information from universities (career advisers, law students, student law society events) to highlight how well you’ve researched – and understood – the law and a legal career. Use the information to back up statements on your form
  • aim to be engaging and interesting – think what will make you stand out from the other 2,500 applicants
  • don’t undersell yourself. If you match what you’ve achieved to what you know we’re looking for, and give examples of when you’ve used your skills, you won’t come across as big-headed
  • check your spelling and grammar. The law is a detail field and good communication skills are vital. Make sure yours are up to the mark
  • don’t use jargon. Your goal is to be clearly understood
  • use any work placements (legal or non-legal) to show you understand business, time management, and how to work with people and meet deadlines
  • please note that our online application form includes a section in which you can tell us of any modifications that you require to our recruitment process, as a result of a disability or a long-term health condition.

Take a good look at yourself

  • check out the qualities we look for in our lawyers and work out how you can show you have them
  • know why you want to be a City lawyer
  • think about what makes a great City lawyer and whether you have the potential to develop those qualities
  • be clear about why you want to pursue this career at our firm.

Impress your interviewer

  • do your research. Read up about us – check the website for current news. And read the business and legal press to keep pace with the latest issues and developments. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to speed with our work
  • think carefully about what the role involves, then have examples at the ready that show how your skills and qualities will make you effective
  • aim to do about 80% of the talking
  • nerves can strike the very best candidates. Try to breathe deeply, stay calm and look confident. We need people who will come across well in front of clients and inspire confidence in others. Good eye contact and a firm handshake at the start of the interview will help
  • if you need time to think during the interview, ask for it. We’re more interested in what you say, not how quickly you manage to say it
  • be honest and be yourself. Don’t try to conform to what you think the interviewer expects. You’ll probably be wrong. Focus on all the good things you want to get across about yourself instead
  • ask questions. Make sure they’re relevant, cover things you really want to know and aren’t already answered elsewhere. Asking a question that can be answered by reading this website for instance won’t help your chances of joining the firm. But if, say, you want an insight into the firm from a senior person’s perspective, you could ask your interviewer what they like about Hogan Lovells and their job.

Brush up on business

  • stay on top of the news and regularly read relevant stories on news websites. Following the same story in a few different publications will help you get a more complete picture
  • analyse the strategic reasons behind a particular business story – why are the main players involved and what do they hope to get out of it?
  • scan the Financial Times and/or the finance and business pages of the Economist. If the FT seems daunting, the business pages of The Times are good and often easier to understand
  • choose stories that interest you. It’s much easier to talk about something that has grabbed your attention.

Contact Details

Contact our graduate recruitment team

Email us at: graduate.recruitment@hoganlovells.com

Or call us on: +44 (0) 20 7296 2000


Graduate Recruitment Team

Clare Harris
Associate Director of Legal Resourcing
Jen Baird
Recruitment Manager - Trainee Solicitors
Asha Kumaran
Recruitment Marketing Advisor
Miriam Dunlop
HR and Recruitment Advisor
Sheri Gregory
HR Manager - Trainee Solicitors
Lily Wagner
HR Coordinator
Emma Hall
Graduate Recruitment Administrator