Hogan Lovells is set to launch a new two-week programme for African students to gain experience at the firm in August 2015.
Succesful candidates will be given two weeks of work experience in practice areas dealing with African work at the firm. The firm’s programme is set to take place in August next year, and is looking for students who have completed an LLM, BCL, MCL or MLF in the UK.
The remunerated scheme will take place at Hogan Lovells’ office in London, and will offer up to five full-time places to students. Candidates will go through a selection process and will be interviewed, and those selected will have the chance to work and shadow lawyers at the firm.
Associate director of legal resourcing Clare Harris explained that the programme will not only allow the firm to test potential graduate scheme candidates, but will also allow students a taste of working in the UK market. “We have been talking to LLM students as a whole to find out their expectations of staying in the London market. Some people might be very experienced; some may have just graduated in their own country,” she said.
Candidates who are successful in the vacation scheme will also have the chance to apply to the firm’s other schemes, with the benefit of already being on the firm’s radar. Because the firm has only just launched its marketing campaign, it has yet to analyse the uptake from students. “We really don’t know what it will be like or how popular it can be. We are seeking to get a diverse group of people,” Harris said. The firm has yet to announce a closing date for applications.