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

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Never a dull moment."
9.3 / 10
Formal Training
6.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
6.1 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • There’s a collegiate and supportive culture within the firm.
  • Regular training seminars ensure trainees are constantly developing as lawyers.
  • Trainees are very happy with the salaries on offer for associate level and above.
  • There is high-quality work offered to trainees from early in their contract.


  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable.
  • There isn’t a lot of formal training overall or in specific departments.
  • The distribution of workloads can be imbalanced.
  • Some trainees feel that they do not have enough holiday allowance.

What insiders say about...

"Tailor your application to the firm. Explain why Cleary, and not any other firm,..."

"Collegiate, welcoming, open, and very, very bright people. Lock-step pay means a..."

"Training is far more on-the-job than formal."

"Solicitors and partners are very accessible. Trainees also have mentors (who aren't..."

"I usually wear a suit with an open shirt and keep a tie in my office in case I need..."

"The worst thing about the hours is the unpredictability, but they probably average..."

"Excellent pay and bonus."

"5% pension on top of salary and free tickets are advertised to the firm if they have..."

"The application process involved an interview day, negotiation exercises, competition..."

"I was asked to explain the difference between debt and equity."

"I haven't seen a huge amount of information on this."

"We do a lot of diversity work. It can be hard to see the benefits immediately but..."

"Generally interesting and relevant, supervisor makes an effort to make sure work..."

"Pro bono opportunities are apparent but there is little pressure to get involved...."

"The level of responsibility we are given. The transactions are usually complex and..."

"The workload can be unpredictable sometimes."

"Small teams, international work, lots of responsibility, friendly atmosphere, great..."

"Fairly confident."

"We're non-departmentalised and many associates practice more than one area of law...."

"Brilliant, friendly, flexible!"

"Cleary Gottlieb recruits from a wide range of law schools and colleges across the..."

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

"More formal training in each practice area before beginning each seat."

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