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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2016)
"Collegiate, quirky and humble."
9.3 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.0 / 10
5.8 / 10
8.4 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • There’s a collegial and supportive culture within the firm.
  • Trainees have opportunities to do high-quality work for top-level clients.
  • Regular training seminars ensure trainees are constantly developing as lawyers.
  • Trainees are very happy with the salaries on offer.


  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable.
  • Some felt that there could be more feedback.
  • Trainees may still need to be available while on holiday.
  • The offices are a bit old and tired, though the firm will soon be relocating to new ones.

What insiders say about...

"Good grades, an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn and get involved..."

"Cooperation and teamwork is excellent. Everyone works hard so nobody is left to carry..."

"There's informal training every Monday lunchtime given by Cleary associates where..."

"We have three mentors. A trainee mentor (third seat), an associate mentor (normally..."

"Dress code at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton is business casual."

"When there is little work on in your department you are encouraged to leave at a..."

"One of the best paying firms for trainees in London."

"International seminars; Virgin Active membership."

"The process involved an interview or open day for a vacation scheme - the firm recruit..."

"I was asked about how asset financing works in my interview at the firm."

"Recycling is encouraged at the firm."

"I think the firm could definitely be more diverse - we are overall largely middle..."

"Very satisfied, great work, diverse, lots of responsibility."

"Pro bono range is improving. I have taught Citizenship in Schools, participated in..."

"Interesting work and a diverse group of trainees, associates and partners."

"Days can start in Moscow time and end after New York closes."

"A friend recommended the firm to me."

"The retention rates have been excellent in recent years so I hope they stay that..."

"The first-year trainee group is in charge of 'elving' each December. They organise..."

"A firm full of very impressive individuals."

"Unlike some firms to which I applied, there is absolutely no Oxbridge bias in Cleary's..."

"Levels of stress depend what seat you are in - what work you are doing and with ..."

"Provide trainees with updates and frequent feedback on their seat."