National: Allen & Overy, Accelerate Programme (university pathway) Law Application Masterclass In person event

This event is for: Year 13s or Final Year College students (up to age 21).  To meet the criteria for this event, you should be planning on attending university and interested in a career in law, particularly in becoming a solicitor, and have an interest in applying for Allen & Overy's Accelerate Programme, taking place in August 2023, as well as meeting the social mobility criteria outlined below.

Travel expenses up to £100 are covered so those inside or outside of London are encouraged to apply.

Allen & Overy One Bishops Square London E1 6AD

Allen and Overy have been crowned the ‘Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe’ at the prestigious Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards for a record-breaking six times! All of this and more is a testament to their future-focused and digital mindset. 

A&O's Accelerate Programme runs in August 2023 and is a series of 4 workshops where you are introduced to the soft skills required to become a lawyer, and connected with mentors who can offer guidance around your first steps into the law industry.

Who should attend - Applicants must:

  • Have always attended a state-funded or non-fee paying school
  • Come from a household where no parent or guardian has a qualification from a UK university
  • Be a UK national or EU national with settled status in the UK by the time they apply for university

Applicants must also meet one of the following additional criteria.
They must:

  • Receive, or have previously received free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or a 16
  • to 19 Bursary Fund
  • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who receive income support or housing benefits
  • Be or have been in local authority care (for at least three months)
  • Be or have been a full-time or part-time young carer
  • Come to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Be attending a school or college with:
  • Below average A-Level or Scottish Highers points score, and/or
  • A low rate of progression to higher education

This Masterclass builds on the previous Insight Evening that took place in February, however, it is not a requirement for you to have attended that event to come to this application masterclass. At this event you'll get to meet the recruiters - you'll receive information, support and guidance on how to make a great application to the Accelerate Programme.

Find out more about A&O on their Company Page.


  • 14:00-14:05: Uptree and Allen & Overy Welcome
  • 14:05-14:15: Ice Breaker
  • 14:15-14:45: Overview of A&O's Accelerate Programme and the A&O First Scheme
  • 14:45-15:15: Completing the Application process
  • 15:15-16:00: Afternoon tea
  • 16:00-17:00: A&O First Scheme student and trainee panel
  • 17:00-17:20: Next steps and Q&A
  • 17:20: Wrap Up 

Next steps

  • Register for this in-person event using your Uptree account. If you do not have an Uptree account, register here.
  • There are only 60 spaces available for this event.
  • Prioritisation will begin two weeks before the event: successful applicants will receive an invitation 1-2 weeks before the event. If you register after this time, you might not receive a response.

Any questions, please do contact us:

Fine print

Please visit A&O's website to view their student and graduate pre-hire recruitment privacy policy by clicking here.

Please make a note of the office location above before applying - remember, travel expenses up to £100 are covered so even if you're not in London, you are encouraged to apply.

This is an in-person event and will be hosted at the company's offices. All venues are covid-safe and meet government guidelines of health and safety. If you are allocated a place, you will be sent the company's safety guidelines a week in advance, eg. if masks are to be worn. You will be expected to follow any guidance from the company on the day.

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Please note that due to online safeguarding policies and to protect all students’ privacy, pictures and screenshots are not allowed to be taken during the session. If you would like to post about your experience on LinkedIn or other social channels, we will be sharing photos from the event in a follow-up email and you are more than welcome to use and share these.

Here is the link to our Privacy Policy where you can remind yourself how we collect and process your data.


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