Training Programme

    • Our programme is tailored to help expand your legal knowledge, practice skills and business acumen
    • We offer a variety of workshops, seminars and case studies to help you succeed and develop skills in areas that include presenting and networking
    • As a trainee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to internal and external legal briefings and to attend external courses and presentations that are of particular interest to you
    • Regular and structured feedback and mentoring is provided throughout the course of your training
    • We place great importance on training lawyers at all levels and are committed to continuing development beyond the training contract

Training Contracts

    • As a trainee you will generally experience four six-month seats split over our core international transactions and litigation practices
    • O’Melveny trainees are also regularly seconded overseas to our offices in Hong Kong and Brussels
    • You will work in a very supportive, inclusive and diverse environment where a designated training partner, along with allocated supervisors, will provide you with regular formal and informal feedback
    • As a trainee you are also allocated a mentor who will support you throughout your training contract and into your career post qualification

Salary and Benefits

    • First-year trainee salary – £44,000;  Second-year trainee salary – £48,000; NQ – Competitive
    • Once a candidate has been offered and has accepted a training contract with us, the Firm will sponsor all future GDL/LPC/SQE tuition fees, as well as provide a maintenance grant of £8,000.
    • Our London office enjoys an active social calendar, including a summer event and Christmas party.  
    • Trainees receive a full benefits package including:
      • 25 days holiday
      • employer pension contributions
      • private medical insurance
      • life assurance 
      • travel insurance
      • dental plan
      • interest-free season ticket loan
      • employee assistance programme
      • discounted gym membership
      • cycle to work scheme 

Vacation Schemes

    • Work for one week within practice groups alongside associates
    • Get a hands-on understanding of the work lawyers do and an insight into how our business operates 
    • Tackle assignments set and assessed by associates 
    • Attend formal training sessions and workshops
    • Receive ongoing support and feedback and have many opportunities to talk to associates, counsel and partners on an informal basis at organised social events


    • Successful candidates need to have proven academic ability, heading for a 2:1 or above, excellent communication skills, a commitment to teamwork, the ability to carry real responsibility from the outset, sound commercial awareness and an appreciation of the context in which we and our clients operate
    • We welcome applications from both law and non-law students, as well as from graduates in different stages of studies or career levels
    • If you are a law undergraduate studying at a UK university, you may apply during or after your penultimate year.  If you are a non-law graduate, you may apply during or after your final year
    • Applications for both our vacation scheme and training contracts must be submitted through our online portal at  
    • Applications are reviewed after the following deadlines:
      • Vacation scheme for summer 2019: 31st January 2019
      • Training contract commencing summer 2021: 30th June 2019
    • For general enquiries, please email us at
    • Please note, we are unable to accept applications via post or email.

Interview Process – Training Contract and Vacation Scheme

    • We encourage anyone applying to us for a training contract to also apply for the vacation scheme
    • Interviews take the same form for both comprised of an interview with two partners, one of whom will be the graduate recruitment partner, a presentation to two attorneys (which we ask you to prepare in advance) and an independent online aptitude test