Hogan Lovells Assessments

Prepare for the Hogan Lovells recruitment process with tailor-made practice materials.

About Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is a general practice corporate law firm, formed in 2010 when the British firm Lovells merged with the US law firm Hogan & Hartson. With headquarters in London and Washington, D.C., Hogan Lovells is now one of the top twenty law firms in the world by revenue.

Hogan Lovells is attractive to trainee lawyers for a number of reasons including the wide variety of work undertaken across multiple practice areas, as well as the number of offices globally where there is the possibility of overseas secondments. Hogan Lovells offers opportunities for exciting cutting edge commercial work including teams advising in relation to cyber security, renewable energy and even space exploration.

Trainees and junior lawyers also benefit from Hogan Lovells and corporate social responsibility programme and pro Bono unit, where clients include the British Paralympic team. Hogan Lovells therefore attracts thousands of applicants for the various graduate roles and competition for places is fierce.

Hogan Lovells Application Process

There are three main parts to the Hogan Lovells application process, which is largely similar across all types of graduate applications. The only application type which doesn't conclude with the assessment day is those making an application to attend an initial insight day.

Hogan Lovells Online Application From

The first stage of the Hogan Lovells application process is to complete the online application form. It should be noted that Hogan Lovells invites applicants to the next stage on a continuous basis and does not wait for a closing date, so it is advisable to apply as soon as possible once applications open.

Tips for completing the application form include thoroughly researching not just Hogan Lovells but the law and a future legal career - and back this up with demonstrable evidence - as well as business and commercial knowledge and interest. Remember to draft all answers first, check spelling and grammar, write clearly without jargon and do not under sell your interests and achievements. Among thousands of applications, you will need to make yours stand out. Also remember that your CV will be the basis of your assessment day interviews, so make sure you can accurately expand on every word written.

Hogan Lovells Critical Thinking Test

Successful candidates are invited to complete an online Critical Thinking test. Critical Thinking tests are psychometric tests which ask you to consider information and then analyse and defend it, being able to give reasons for your decisions. In practice, this means considering a paragraph of text and selecting the best response from a series of statements - multiple choice, in other words.

The Hogan Lovells Critical Thinking test is a Watson-Glaser critical thinking test and you will have around five minutes for each question and set of answers. Watson-Glaser is one of the leading providers of these psychometric tests and used by a number of law firms, backed by psychologists. The tests assess your ability to:

  • Make correct inferences
  • Recognise assumptions
  • Make deductions
  • Come to conclusions
  • Interpret and evaluate arguments

It has been proven that this sort of testing can more accurately predict successful candidates for the kind of work that lawyers carry out, which is why you'll find that doing well in critical thinking tests is crucial to progressing your application, and one that should be practiced and prepared for well in advance of taking the tests.

Hogan Lovells Assessment Day

The Hogan Lovells assessment day is either held in person at Atlantic House (their London office) or virtually online, depending on current circumstances. In any event, the activities last for a full day and will be largely the same - including watching a presentation, a tour of the office / networking session with current trainees as well as a series of tests, exercises and interviews. The in-person assessment will also include an 'informal' lunch although do not make the mistake of thinking what you say here won't be assessed too.

Hogan Lovells Critical Thinking Test

This is a paper test and while different to the one taken online prior to the assessment day, assesses the same skills. Again it will involve reading passages and selecting the most appropriate multiple choice responses.

Hogan Lovells Commercial Business Exercise

The primary objective of this test is to see how well you work in a team. You will be grouped with other candidates and together you will consider a client focused situation, working together as a team to consider and present an answer / solution. You will be assessed on approach and working through the issues, rather than specific technical legal knowledge. Bear in mind you should not be competing to get the right answer, but working well together as a team - a tricky balance in an assessed interview situation.

Hogan Lovells First interview

To delve into your reasons for wishing to qualify as a lawyer and to assess your business and legal knowledge, your first interview will be with two Hogans Lovell staff - this could be either a partner, senior associate or member of the HR team.

Hogan Lovells Second interview

The second interview is to assess the skills required to be a trainee solicitor and this will be again with two people - this time a senior associate and a member of the HR recruitment team.

To prepare for both of the interviews - which will each be up to an hour long - you should ensure that you know your CV inside out, as well as being up-to-date on commercial and legal knowledge, including that of Hogan Lovells key clients.

You should also ensure that you have prepared in advance questions to ask the interviewers, making sure that they are original ones that have not already been covered during the presentations.

Sample Hogan Lovells Assessments question Test your knowledge!

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A law firm is analyzing historical billing data to forecast future revenue. If the billable hours for the past four years were 1200, 1500, 1800, and 2100 respectively, what is the average annual increase in billable hours?

  • 300 hours
  • 600 hours
  • 150 hours
  • 450 hours

If an entity increases its investments in multiple subsidiaries as part of a diversification strategy, which of the following would be the most abstract representation of this action?

  • A graph showing upward trends across multiple sectors
  • A chessboard with one piece moving to control various positions
  • A collection of stacked coins representing profits
  • A pie chart with segments indicating revenue percentages

In the context of arguing a case, a lawyer discovers a pattern of evidence that becomes more complex over time. If this were to be represented diagrammatically and the complexity corresponds to a geometric shape, what might the next sequence represent?

  • A simple circle
  • An elaborate fractal
  • A single dot
  • A square

In a negotiation, if conceding on the minor point A always leads to a concession on the major point B from the opposition, and point B always gives one leverage on the critical point C, which logical statement is correct?

  • Concession on A is unrelated to obtaining leverage on C.
  • Concession on A must be avoided to maintain leverage on C.
  • Gaining leverage on C is independent of the concessions made.
  • Conceding on A can be a strategic step towards gaining leverage on C.

When a law firm adapts to the strain of increased case loads, it is similar to a mechanical system adapting to increased force. If we reduce the spring constant, what happens to the displacement in response to a constant force?

  • The displacement remains unchanged.
  • The displacement increases.
  • The displacement decreases.
  • The force is cancelled out, leading to no displacement.

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Hogan Lovells Assessments Tips

Learn the Landscape

Start by getting familiar with the legal sector and Hogan Lovells' position in it. Understanding the company's global reach and areas of expertise can help you anticipate the kinds of knowledge and competency areas they value in candidates. Our practice tests are crafted to reflect the real-world demands of top-tier law firms.

Attention to Detail

It's all in the details! Legal work is detail-oriented, and so are the tests you'll face. Our practice exams are designed to sharpen your attention to nuance, ensuring you don't miss those crucial details that could be the difference between an offer and a pass.

Practice Under Pressure

Timed tests can really crank up the pressure, can't they? With Law Tests, you’ll have the opportunity to simulate the testing environment of Hogan Lovells' application process. Practice maintaining your composure under time constraints to improve both your speed and accuracy.

Familiarize with Formats

From logical reasoning to analytical thinking, the format of legal assessments can vary. Our suite covers the array of test types to make sure you won't face any surprises on test day. Use Law Tests to familiarize yourself with different question formats and ace the real thing with confidence.

Review Your Responses

Each practice test you take with Law Tests is an opportunity to learn. After wrapping up a test, take the time to go through your answers. Understanding where you went right or wrong helps cement your knowledge and hones your test-taking strategy for the actual Hogan Lovells assessments.

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Hogan Lovells Assessments FAQs

Is Hogan Lovells a good place to work?

Yes, it is. Hogan Lovells offers competitive salaries, benefits, and job security. The firm also offers its employees flexible working arrangements.

How can I improve my commercial awareness?

To improve your commercial awareness you can attend conferences or seminars related to your industry, sign up to online newsletters or webinars and network with people from the sector.

What are the values of Hogan Lovells?

The core values of Hogan Lovells are:

  • Clients come first
  • Excellence in all we do
  • One team worldwide
  • Commitment to our firms success
  • Good citizenship

You should also familiarise yourself with Hogan Lovells values and ethos so you can demonstrate that you're a good fit for their culture during the interview.

Where can I practice Hogan Lovell tests?

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