Our ambition at Allen & Overy is to help the world’s leading businesses both maximise the opportunities that globalisation presents and meet the potential challenges. As our clients have sought new markets, so have we. We are continuing to invest in a growing network of international offices that covers Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North America, Central and South America and Africa. A&O’s international network consists of over 40 offices in 30 countries – the largest footprint among the leading global law firms. However, our presence is only half of the story. Our 5,400 people work together in a highly integrated manner to leverage their expertise and experience for our clients’ benefit. We foster creative, independent thinking within a collaborative culture and, as a result, our lawyers are involved in many of the most influential commercial ventures, and are known for providing our clients with transformative solutions to the toughest legal challenges. This, above all, explains why Allen & Overy remains a leader in its field.

Articles 2023 are now open!

We’re looking for great all-rounders and will look favourably on applications that show a high level of commitment to extra-curricular activity or work experience as well as excellent academic performance.

All candidates must be studying for, or have completed, an LLB Law degree, and have at least one year’s academic results to be eligible for consideration.

Applicants must have of the necessary work authorisation for South Africa.



We look for a consistently strong academic performance throughout high school and university (70% aggregate).  All candidates must be studying  towards a relevant law degree and have at least one year’s academic results to be eligible for consideration.

Email the following documents to : graduaterecruitment.southafrica@allenovery.com
Motivational letter
ID copy
Matric certificate
Copy of full academic transcripts of your qualification to date 

At Allen & Overy we recognise that choosing the right career is a big decision. 

Each year we offer a number of students the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to work for A&O on our vacation schemes. You will assist your trainer – a partner, counsel or an associate – on real deals and get hands-on insight into the truly international nature of our work.

Alongside your day-to-day work, you’ll join fellow vacation students on a client pitch project designed to sharpen your team, research and presentation skills, and expose you to our broad range of clients and practice areas. In addition, you will hear about recent deals and get a real insight into the role of a commercial lawyer.

Summer Vacation Scheme

Applications open: 01 July – 30 September

Winter Vacation Scheme

Applications open: 01 February – 30 April

latest opportunities

How to apply

We encourage you to ensure that you are familiar with the application timings, so that you apply within the relevant deadline window. 
Applications for Articles in 2023 are now open and will not close until places are filled.
To apply for Articles or Vacation Schemes: 
Please email a copy of the following documents to graduaterecruitment.southafrica@allenovery.com to apply:
Documents required:
  1. A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  2. Copy of full academic transcripts of your LLB qualification to date
  3. Copy of matric results
  4. Copy of I.D and,
  5. Motivational Letter
Please ensure that you are available to start your Articles on the date that the vacancy is advertised, e.g. for Articles 2023, that your academic commitments will be completed and that you are available to start in January 2023 as applicable.
Please be aware that early applications are strongly advised and encouraged.
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