United Arab Emirates early careers

Are you looking for new challenges and the chance to take your career to the next level?

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For regulatory information, please read our country-specific legal notice for the United Arab Emirates.

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At A&O Shearman, we lead the market by finding new ways to meet the challenges our clients face.

Whatever your area of expertise and wherever your ambitions lie, we provide you with the platform to develop your career and the challenges to help you realize your full potential. But we're offering more than just exciting work.


We care about our people, which is why we foster a culture of inclusivity and belonging. When you start your career with us, you'll be learning from the best in an environment that celebrates your individuality.

Our opportunities

Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

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Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

As a non-law graduate, your Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) with us will be the same as a law graduate.  However, your route to qualification will be slightly different.

Those who have completed a law degree in an international jurisdiction that is not recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority will need to either complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL*) or pass the SQE Starter Course assessment (this is a 75-minute MCQ test, with a 50% passing mark).

If you are offered QWE with us, we will work closely with you to determine the right pathway for you. 

*The PGDL is an eight-month course designed to teach you research skills and everything you need to know about law before you join those who already have a Law degree. If you have already completed the PGDL with another provider, we will recognise these qualifications.

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