Hogan Lovells Trainee Recruitment

Train with Hogan Lovells


When you choose Hogan Lovells, you're not just choosing a career in law. You're choosing a career in law with a more progressive international outlook, a clearer focus on innovation and a sharper commercial edge. You're choosing a team with a healthy contempt for boundaries and conventions. One that likes to work in a more collaborative and joined-up way, shaping the business landscape, overcoming unforeseen challenges and creating new opportunities for its clients.  In short, when you choose a career with Hogan Lovells, you're choosing to be a Global Game-changer.


Something else that makes us stand out as a firm – aside from the unified way we work across the globe – is our exceptional range of practice areas. For the people who work with us, this breadth presents an incredible variety of disciplines to explore, from Corporate to Finance to Government Regulatory, and from Intellectual Property to Litigation, Arbitration and Employment law. It's inspiring stuff. Especially when you realise that, within these specialisms, our expertise – and the clients we work with – extend to virtually every industry sector.


Before joining an organisation, one of the best things you can do is get to know them first. After all, you’ll be spending a big chunk of your life at your new firm, so it makes sense to make sure it’s the right one for you. Whichever subject you study, penultimate-year, final-year students and graduates can apply for our vacation scheme, to get a taste of Hogan Lovells. We also run insight events for first year students of any degree discipline. Come along to our offices and enjoy an experience packed with tailored workshops and presentations. You’ll find out everything you need to know and see what life is like at a global law firm.

Running for two to three weeks, our vacation schemes are a perfect launch pad for a legal career. And each one is carefully tailored to students at different stages of their career planning. Working alongside partners, associates and trainees, you’ll support client work in our key practice areas. You’ll draft documents, go to meetings, do legal research and, where possible, attend court. It’s hands-on learning that’s reinforced by workshops, discussions, case studies, work shadowing, social events and more. As experience, it’s invaluable.


International law evolves constantly. So do our lawyers. So will you. With our two-year training contract, you’ll amass world-class technical skills, gain a holistic view of our firm and learn to master the law. There’s more to our lawyers than legal expertise, you’ll also develop a deep understanding of business and industry too. 

It starts with stretching work. 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 help and encouragement from all corners. As well as a comprehensive legal skills training programme, you’ll have regular reviews and guidance from the trainee development team, mentors, colleagues and more.  

It’s not over when you qualify. Far from it. Your professional and personal growth will be top of the agenda throughout your career. At every stage you’ll be in the driving seat, steering your own progress and tapping into the training you need. Your goal? To develop the capability, mind-set and networks to solve the complex challenges our clients’ continue to face. 


As a firm, we tackle some of the most complex legal and commercial issues around. So we look to recruit smart, collaborative and determined individuals from all kinds of backgrounds and with all kinds of experience. A strong academic record is important: you should have, or be aiming for, a good 2:1 or above in your degree.

You must also be the kind of person who adapts well to new situations, delivers on their promises and has the creativity to take ideas in new directions. Above all, you must be able to work well with others and build lasting relationships with colleagues and clients alike.


The application window for training contracts for non-law students and graduates is open between 17 September 2018 and closes on 31 January 2019. Applications for Law students reopen on 1 June 2019 and must be submitted by 31 July 2019.

Our summer vacation schemes are open to all penultimate and final year students, as well as graduates. And we'll accept applications from 17 September 2018 until 6 January 2019.

The winter vacation scheme is specifically for final year students and graduates. The application window opens 17 September 2018 and closes 21 October 2018.

Insight events are scheduled for 10 – 11 April and 12 – 13 June. To be considered for these, you must be in your first year of study and submit your application between 2 January 2019 and 28 February 2019.

Think globally. Discover your potential. Become a game-changer. Find out more and apply at hoganlovells.com/graduates

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