It makes sense to get to know an organisation before you join it. You’ll spend a big chunk of your life in your new firm. Plus the choices you make now will set the pace and direction of your career. So you need to feel confident that the people, the work and the culture will bring out the best in you. Every encounter with a potential employer can lead to a fresh insight. Every experience can sharpen up the skills you need to get your hands on the kind of future you’re aiming for.

Insight events

A short time in our office. Loads of insights into a career at Hogan Lovells. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better return for such a small investment of time.

Who they're for

First-year students of any discipline.

What they involve

Tailored workshops and presentations that help you better understand life as a City lawyer and the day-to-day role of one of our trainee solicitors.

When they run

15-16 June 2017
27 June 2017
5 July 2017

When to apply

1 October 2016 -
24 February 2017

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Campus ambassadors

Become an extension of our firm. Develop a deep understanding of our graduate offering. Build your CV as well as your network. As a campus ambassador, you’ll help us plan, promote and run our 2017/18 marketing events on your campus. In the process, you’ll discover that helping other students find out about our opportunities is a great way to create opportunities for yourself.

What it involves

Everything from bringing us insights, ideas and student feedback to helping us devise refreshingly different ways to talk about who we are, what we do and what we offer.

What it offers

  • £600 plus all the training and support you need
  • the chance to gain a better understanding of how a global law firm works while showing us your personality, drive and creativity
  • great networking opportunities.

What we're looking for

  • first-year law students with a strong academic record aiming for a good 2:1 (or equivalent)
  • people who know how to communicate clearly and have shown they can organise themselves and others
  • a keen interest in global law firms and working in the City, plus aspirations to qualify as a solicitor at a commercial law firm like Hogan Lovells
  • plenty of initiative and a proactive approach.

Which campuses

University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Durham University, Kings College London, London School of Economics, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University College London, University of Warwick and University of York.

When to apply

Apply between 1 October 2016 and 24 February 2017. Assessments days held in our London office.

Vacation schemes

Up to 60 trainee solicitors join us each year. Around half of them have taken part in one of our vacation schemes. These schemes are the perfect launch pad for a legal career. Working alongside partners, associates and trainees, you’ll spend up to three weeks supporting client work in key practice areas like corporate, finance and litigation. You’ll draft documents, go to meetings, do legal research and, where possible, attend court. It’s invaluable hands-on learning that’s reinforced by tailored workshops, discussions, case studies, work shadowing, social events and more.

We review applications on a rolling basis, so don’t wait until the deadline to get your application to us.

Winter vacation scheme

For final year students and graduates of any degree discipline

This normally runs for the first two weeks of December and gives you experience of two different practice areas. You’ll also earn £400 a week.

Applications for our 2017 scheme will open on 1 October 2017.

First year vacation scheme

For first-year law students

You’ll join us between 10 - 13 April on our spring vacation scheme. Apply between 1 October 2016 and 24 February 2017. You’ll also earn £350 a week.

Spring and summer vacation schemes

For all students from penultimate-year onwards and graduates

Choose between our two-week spring vacation scheme and one of our three-week summer vacation schemes. You’ll work in two or three different practice areas and earn £400 a week.

Applications for our 2017 schemes have now closed.

Applications for the 2018 schemes will open on 1st October 2017

Hannah Piper

Senior Associate

  • Degree: Law with French Law, St John's College, Oxford
  • Joined: Aug 2006
  • Practice Area: Litigation, Arbitration and Employment
  • Office: London
  • Favourite place: Tulum, Mexico
Hannah Piper

Finding the right firm at which to begin my legal career was initially a daunting task. They all sounded very similar on paper, and I felt as though I was hearing the same messages over and over again. It was only when I started to experience firms from the inside, by attending vacation schemes and open days, and hearing first hand from lawyers who worked there, that I was able to pin down exactly what I was (and was not) looking for. I chose Hogan Lovells because it seemed to combine top quality work and a market-leading practice (especially in litigation, which is where I wanted to qualify) with a very welcoming and inclusive culture – and I have not been disappointed.

Broadly speaking, my practice is exactly what it says on the tin – any dispute or regulatory investigation with a financial services aspect. More often than not the client is a financial institution, such as a bank or a fund, but I have also acted for other corporates. My experience to date includes among other things contractual disputes, claims for fraud and recovery of assets, and regulatory investigations. The most enjoyable moment of my career so far was when my first case went to trial. While the majority of cases settle before that point, trial is the culmination of everything that we do as litigators to prepare the best case for our client, and it can be very rewarding to see the hard work pay off in court.

My work often involves, to a greater or lesser extent, issues of foreign law or procedure. This can be because the client is based abroad, or because English law does not govern the dispute, or because there are claims or investigations proceeding overseas. At the moment I am working very closely with colleagues in a number of our overseas offices on a multi-jurisdictional investigation, which reinforces to me on a daily basis that I am part of a truly international firm.

One thing that I value about Hogan Lovells in general, and my team in particular, is the support that I receive from colleagues at all levels, and especially from partners. While I am constantly challenged and encouraged to push myself to the next level, there is always a network of people from whom I can seek advice – not only because they are market leaders in their fields, but also because they are genuinely interested in my continuing development as a lawyer. I try not to take that for granted, and I endeavour to offer the same support to others, especially now that I am a trainee supervisor.

If I could give one piece of advice to someone who is applying for a vacation scheme or a training contract, it would be to look for a firm that is committed to investing in your development – not only because it is integral to delivering the best service to clients, but because it will bring out the best in you.

Training contracts

Our lawyers are known for being practical, commercial and relationship-driven. They’ve made us a true business partner to our clients while building our reputation as a bold, distinctive law firm. Our two-year training contract will help you develop the same set of skills.

The structure – four six-month ‘seats’ rather than six – means you experience four different areas of law fully, gain a broad legal perspective and get a good idea of the field that inspires you most. Two of your seats will be in our corporate and finance groups, and another in one of our litigation teams. You’ll also have the chance to complete a secondment to one of our international offices or the in-house legal team of a major client.

Stretching work is vital too. We’ll give you as much as you can handle – in our experience it’s the best way to learn. Of course we’ll balance that responsibility with all the help and encouragement you need – in the shape of a comprehensive legal skills training programme, regular reviews and no end of advice and guidance from experienced colleagues.

Applications opened on 1 October 2016. If you’re a non-law student or a graduate, applications have now closed. If you’re a law student, applications will reopen on 1st June 2017 and will close on 30 June 2017

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