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Are you the Future Lawyer of the Year?

We’re searching UK universities to find the most outstanding Future Lawyer of the Year. We are looking for an innovative and logical thinker who is focused on the future.

Applications for the awards are now closed.


The chance to work at Allen & Overy and receive a coaching call with a partner! The lucky winner will secure four weeks' work experience at FUSE, Allen & Overy's tech innovation hub. In addition to this, upon passing Allen & Overy's technical assessment, you will also be considered for a training contract.


We are delighted to introduce the 2020 finalists for this award.

Chenshihui (Linda) Lin | Imperial College London | Biochemistry

Christy O'Neil | Lancaster University | Law

Laura Wood | University of Glasgow | Law with German Language

Maya Rogers | University of Sheffield | Law

Ming Tay | University College London | Law

Payal Shah | University of Warwick | Law

Shahid Choudhury | University of Birmingham | Law

Syed Islam | University of Bath | Politics with Economics

Victoria Anichina | University of Oxford | Jurisprudence

What makes an award winner?

Our lawyer of the future will be equipped with a range of skills that can be found irrespective of degree discipline. You will be:

  • innovative and future focused
  • a team player
  • a logical and analytical thinker
  • somebody who approaches problems creatively
  • entrepreneurial and agile
  • prepared to go beyond your comfort zone
  • keen to develop broad commercial awareness
  • driven, persistent and resilient
  • able to excel under pressure

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer two questions set by Allen & Overy.

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit two online tests designed exclusively by our partner SHL.

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Submit by 31.01.20

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 31 January 2020.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 21 February 2020.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Allen & Overy.

This stage will include an assessment centre.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 4 September 2020 at Canary Wharf, where the award winners will be announced!

Allen & Overy and the Future Lawyer of the Year Award

The practice of law is constantly evolving and A&O are determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the precedent pace and lead the way. From our expansion to new markets, to flexible working, to legaltech solutions – our track record of innovation is second to none.

We’re looking for people who are similarly innovative and future focused, and that’s why we’re proud to be partnering the Future Lawyer of the Year Award for the second year running. Whether you’re a logical thinker or someone who comes up with creative solutions, the lawyer of the future is equipped with a range of skills that can be found irrespective of degree discipline.

By applying for this award, you will have the opportunity to spend time in FUSE, our tech innovation hub and work shadow in one of our European offices. The winner will also be in the running for a training contract. Through the selection process, you’ll also gain first-hand experience of our recruitment process and valuable hints and tips along the way. Our top ten students will join us at the East Wintergarden for the awards ceremony and have the opportunity to network with partners from our firm.

If you’re made for more and ready to kick start a career in law then we want to hear from you!

Find out more about us at

Entry criteria

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