B.U.I.L.D. at A&O Shearman

Black Undergraduate Internship & Lawyer Development Programme

B.U.I.L.D. at A&O Shearman

What is B.U.I.L.D.

B.U.I.L.D. stands for Black Undergraduate Internship & Lawyer Development. We run this programme to help provide work experience and mentoring opportunities for talented students (university level and above) from the Black community.

Being part of A&O Shearman means being committed to cultivating an inclusive environment with equal opportunities for all. This is a global opportunity for the firm, and critical to why you will be all be able to belong, and excel. 


The programme is open to Black undergraduate students and graduates from all backgrounds.

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Programme Overview

The B.U.I.L.D. Programme is a four-week internship in A&O Shearman’s London office where students can learn more about what we do and why we do it. The programme connects each student with our supervisors and mentors who work to offer support and guidance during your time at the firm, as well as ongoing guidance and mentorship following completion of the internship.

This is a paid internship. Interns will receive £500 a week while on the programme.

Programme Schedule

B.U.I.L.D interns will spend a two-week rotation in two different practice groups in the London office (four weeks total). These groups could include the Antitrust, Finance, Funds, International Arbitration, M&A, and Project Development & Finance Practice Groups.

You will also have the opportunity to attend trainee and Practice Group training sessions, as well as specific intern training sessions on relevant topics such as commercial awareness and the graduate recruitment process. 

During the programme, high-performing interns will be fast-tracked and guaranteed an interview for a subsequent vacation scheme of the interns’ choice. Participants in our vacation schemes are automatically considered and assessed for a training contract with us. See our Vacation Scheme page for more information. 

The next programme will run from 15 July – 9 August 2024

Life Experience

At A&O Shearman, we value real life experiences just as much as work experience. It’s not something to shy away from on your application. It makes you who you are. Here’s how some of our people have brought their life experiences to a career at A&O Shearman.

These videos, originally produced under the A&O legacy, authentically showcase the experiences and opportunities synonymous with A&O Shearman.

What we look for

We’ll be looking for your drive and commitment to thrive in a legal career, alongside curiosity to find out more about the firm, our culture, the clients we work with and the sectors we operate in. If you’re prepared to tackle every challenge that comes your way, we’ll provide you with all the knowledge you need to excel.

Our academic requirements are on track for/have achieved a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree classification. We do take into account mitigating circumstances, including those relating to a disability, which may have affected your grades either at school or university and there is a space on the application form to include these.

Application Process

1.    Online Application

The recruitment process requires you to first complete an online application form. This form is your first opportunity to show us what you’re capable of, so be sure to pay attention to detail and think about the examples you use and whether they demonstrate the skills and attributes we are looking for.

2.    Video Interview

If your application is successful, the next stage will be a video interview. This will take place online via Teams with a member of the graduate recruitment team and an associate. Following this, we will be in touch to let you know if you’ve secured a place on the scheme.