Our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive place to work is at the core of our vision and our values. Hogan Lovells is committed to enhancing our diversity and ensuring we are an inclusive working environment that attracts, retains and nurtures its people from diverse backgrounds.
A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with prestigious clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. This is the dynamic that sets Hogan Lovells apart. Everyone pushes themselves to find smarter, bolder solutions; there is a collective desire to share knowledge and work collaboratively; and as a global firm, this applies no matter where we operate. With 2,500 lawyers working in over 45 offices across 26 countries, the close-knit culture that exists between these offices is part of our everyday lives. And now, you can experience this first-hand.
The quality of our people. The strength of our global network. The boldness of our ambition. These are all reasons why we are able to attract high profile, multinational clients. It’s our exceptional breadth of practice areas that really makes us stand out. For you, this means we have a variety of potential disciplines to explore across Corporate, Finance, Government Regulatory, Intellectual Property and Litigation, Arbitration & Employment. It’s a distinctive approach, and one that helps us give clients what they want even before they realise they want it.
“Looking after our people is not only the right thing to do, but also, a healthy, engaged and resilient workforce is more productive, efficient and able to provide clients with the service they expect from us,” concludes Alison Unsted, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellbeing Strategy.
Our Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) promotes a working environment that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone regardless of physical and mental health condition.
DAWN aims to raise the firm’s awareness of long-term health conditions and disability specific issues through awareness raising events, both in relation to disability and in relation to the broader subject of wellbeing. The network runs various seminars that provide insight into specific health conditions for example, "Understanding Mental Illness and Developing Resiliency" and wellbeing events which focus on subjects such as healthy eating, hydration and resilience.
We also hold inspirational speaker events where we invite role models. Previous speakers have included; Andy Barrow, wheelchair rugby player, who has been playing wheelchair rugby for over 15 years and has competed in three Olympic Games; Andy Campbell, adventurer, whose adventures include making first ski descents of Alaskan peaks, paragliding over Africa and trekking through the Himalayas in a wheelchair, raising millions of pounds for disabled charities; Graeme Obree, champion cyclist, who talked about the thinking and challenges which influenced his cycling career and his private battle with depression and bipolar disorder.
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We believe that a culture of inclusion which respects and values the diversity of all our people significantly enhances our ability to provide excellent legal services to our clients. Celebrating the strengths of being a diverse and inclusive place to work is at the core of our vision and our values
These schemes are the perfect launch pad for a legal career. Working alongside partners, associates and trainees, you’ll spend up to three weeks supporting client work in key practice areas like corporate, finance and litigation. You’ll draft documents, go to meetings, do legal research and, where possible, attend court. It’s invaluable hands-on learning that’s reinforced by tailored workshops, discussions, case studies, work shadowing, social events and more.
Intake: June/July/August, December
Length: 2-3 weeks
First Year Opportunities
Tailored workshops and presentations that help you better understand life as a City lawyer and the day-to-day role of one of our trainee solicitors.
Intake: April, June, July
Our lawyers are known for being practical, commercial and relationship-driven. They’ve made us a true business partner to our clients while building our reputation as a bold, distinctive law firm. Our two-year training contract will help you develop the same set of skills.
The structure – four six-month ‘seats’ rather than six – means you experience four different areas of law fully, gain a broad legal perspective and get a good idea of the field that inspires you most. Two of your seats will be in our corporate and finance groups, and another in one of our litigation teams. You’ll also have the chance to complete a secondment to one of our international offices or the in-house legal team of a major client.
Intake: February and August
Length: 2 years
- Campus Ambassador As a campus ambassador, you’ll help us plan, promote and run our 2017/18 marketing events on your campus. In the process, you’ll discover that helping other students find out about our opportunities is a great way to create opportunities for yourself.
Tips for applying
Jen & Michelle from our graduate recruitment team have put together their top tips for navigating the application and assessment process.
- Commercial awareness Show that you know what is happening in the business world and volunteer views about how business developments may translate into opportunities and risks for law firms.
- Research the firm You want to display evidence of having researched and having a view on "Why do I want to join Hogan Lovells?"
- Make sure that you be yourself Be open about your disability or long term health condition, so we can make all the adjustments you need for your assessment day.
- Thinking around corners
- Working well as part of a team
We will make adjustments as appropriate and on a case by case basis, taking into account any recommendations from specialists an applicant may have.
We will make reasonable adjustments as appropriate and on a case by case basis following discussions with professional health advisers and medical experts. This includes any recommendations from specialists a student may have.
Prior to your start date we will send you a confidential health placement assessment questionnaire. The information you provide is sent directly to our outsourced health provider and our retained Occupational Health Adviser will review the information provided. Depending on the information provided she will then make contact with you to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be required. With your consent this information is then communicated to the HR department so that we can advise the practice areas that you will be sitting in of the reasonable adjustments needed. Once you commence work with us, our retained Occupational Health Adviser will keep in touch with you on a regular basis to ensure that your needs are being met.
Giles Hutt, Professional Support Lawyer (Litigation) "I'm involved in our "disability and wellness network", which covers one aspect of diversity. But we manage to cover a lot of ground in the talks and other events we put on, and to focus on the positive as well as the negative aspects of health and disability." Read more
Shaun Cook, Trainee Solicitor "I think that having dyslexia has made me more aware that I can have difficulties with my attention to detail sometimes, which means that I consciously focus in on that more. You find that when you start working as a trainee solicitor you think you have good attention to detail until your first piece of work is read over by your supervisor! So it’s always a good strength to keep working on that aspect." Read more
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