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 (2017) – £44,000;  Second-year trainee salary (2017) – £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 tuition fees, as well as provide a maintenance grant of £8,000 (2017).
    • 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

Events Calendar

Keep an eye on this page for updates on which 2018 Law Fairs we will be attending.


    • 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 2018: 31st January 2018
      • Training Contract commencing summer 2020: 30th June 2018
    • 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