Training Contract - London

Your training contract is where your journey to becoming an exceptional lawyer really begins. Over two years you’ll be working at the forefront of the global legal sector.



Every trainee’s journey is different but you can be confident you’ll be playing a meaningful role on some of the most exciting cases in the world as you learn from the top legal minds in every sector. After your training contract, you’ll have the technical skills, industry-recognised qualifications and the experience to become an exceptional lawyer.

During your two-year training contract, you’ll rotate through four seats across different practice groups. This, in laymen’s terms, means you’ll move around our business to experience different areas of law and work alongside new colleagues every six months as you find the area you want to pursue. Our training contract is structured so you can be immersed in our work almost immediately and develop your skills in the only way that really matters: on live projects for real clients taking real responsibility.


Programme details

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Hogan Lovells has all I wanted in a law firm. A combination of global prestige, fantastic work, an international practice, and so much more.

Bodunde Ajenifuja, Trainee at Hogan Lovells


Support structures

From day one, we’ll give you plenty of responsibility, challenges and opportunities to push yourself – but you’ll never be without our support. We see our supportive culture as a fundamental element of your personal and professional growth. That’s why we’ll always be there to answer your questions and advise you on the next step to take. 

At Hogan Lovells, support comes from every direction. As a trainee, you’ll be working closely with our Trainee Development team, you’ll be encouraged to discuss your progress with them as they guide you from induction to qualification. 

Over 50% of our London partners were trainees at the firm, so they understand everything you’re facing and can help you find a clear path to success. Our supervisors have been trained how to coach, motivate and delegate effectively, which means you can count on them in every situation.

You’ll also have an experienced senior mentor. They’ll be with you through every challenge and always on hand to offer invaluable insight and support for every aspect of your working life.

Even though we’ve been successfully running our training contracts for many decades, we never want to settle into a routine and we always want our trainees to have a voice. That’s why two trainees from each intake are elected to meet regularly with our Trainee Development team to share ideas and collaborate. The committee also promote social events and informal meetups, which is critical in giving you the opportunity to build a strong network and provide support to each other.

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What we are looking for

The key traits of every Hogan Lovells lawyer

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    Intellect and intellectual curiosity

    We challenge conventional thinking and that often means doing work with little precedent. You’ll need to be ambitious and able to look beyond the obvious to deliver something unique and exceptional. We also look for a strong academic record from GCSE onwards up to a 2.1 across your degree and above (or equivalent).

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    Commercial awareness

    Clients need us to be their trusted advisors across their business. You’ll need to be comfortable speaking their language and interested in how business works. 

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    Communication and interpersonal skills

    When working with clients it’s important to be able to communicate in both a clear and concise way. Good verbal and written communication skills are a big part of being a successful lawyer. 

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    Team working & building relationships

    No one can do what we do alone. You’ll need to relish being part of a team, where everyone pitches in and achieves great things as a collective.



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    You’ll have a rigorous attention to detail, be calm in the face of complexity and deadlines and happy to put in extra hours if that’s what it takes to deliver exceptional work. You’ll need to be comfortable adapting to new surroundings, respond to cultural nuances and tackle the unpredictable with confidence.


Graduate brochure

We’ve put together a concise brochure that includes everything you need to know, so you can learn all about life inside Hogan Lovells.


How to apply

Application process

Your application

Find out what to expect from our graduate application process. Hear from one of our trainee solicitors, and pick up some top tips from our senior graduate recruitment manager and graduate recruitment partner about how to prepare and bring out your best.

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