Hogan Lovells Training Contract
at Hogan Lovells

The practice

Hogan Lovells is a top global law firm, with over 2,500 lawyers working in over 40 offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. Our unique balance of ambition and approachability attracts prestigious clients and creates a working culture where the ambition of our trainee solicitors is supported to ensure their success.

Types of work

Our global diversity and wide range of practice areas gives us a strong reputation for corporate finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property. Exposure to a variety of legal disciplines provides good training and development opportunities for those joining us.

Training programme

Our recruitment and training philosophy is very simple: our continued success as a firm depends on the success of our people.

We require every prospective trainee solicitor to undertake the accelerated LPC at BPP London. The course will prepare you for practice in the City.

Our two-year training contract is split into four six-month periods of work experience known as 'seats'. As a trainee solicitor, you will move around four different practice areas during this time to gain as much experience as possible - one of your seats will be in either our corporate or finance group, and another in one of our litigation teams. You will also have the option of spending time in the second year of training on secondment to one of our international offices or to the in-house legal team of a major client.

As a trainee solicitor at Hogan Lovells, you will be offered work that sharpens your mind. You will take on as much responsibility as you can handle relating to client work, as well as a comprehensive legal skills training programme, regular reviews and appraisals. After qualification, continuous training and development remain a priority - you will deepen your professional and business expertise throughout your career. Making the best of your expertise enhances the quality of advice we provide to clients, maintains our reputation, and helps you build your career.

Work areas

Arbitration, ADR, Asset Finance, Banking, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Company & Commercial, Computer & IT, Construction, Corporate Finance, Corporate Tax, EC & Competition, Employment, Energy, Environment, Government Regulatory, Insolvency, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sports & Leisure and Telecommunications.


Abu Dhabi, Alicante, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Caracas, Colorado Springs, Denver, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Jeddah, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague, Riyadh, Rome, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, Warsaw, Washington DC, Zagreb.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for graduates whose combination of academic excellence and desire for specialist knowledge will contribute to developing business and taking it forward. Although we are one of the largest global legal practices, we work in small, hard-working teams where everybody is committed to our collective success.

As a consequence of the high profile, demanding work we do, we expect applicants to show a track record of attainment with excellent academic results from GCSE (or equivalent) onwards. Candidates should be aiming to achieve, or have achieved, at least a good 2:1 (or equivalent) consistently, throughout their studies and as their final degree classification.

The personal qualities our people possess are as important as their qualifications. You need to be happy collaborating with a team yet capable of, and used to, independent action. You will need to demonstrate an ability and desire for lateral thinking, be capable of close attention to detail, and have the energy, resilience and ambition to succeed in a top global law firm.

We are now recruiting for August 2015 and February 2016 intakes.

Training contract selection is based on your application form, your performance at interview and the results of the online and paper critical thinking tests.

Training contract application deadlines are 30 April 2013 (final year non-law students and non-law graduates) 31 July 2013 (law students)