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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, hard-working and sociable."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
8.1 / 10
9.1 / 10
7.4 / 10
Pro Bono
9.7 / 10


  • Most of the firm’s departments offer interesting and substantive work to trainees.
  • The six-seat rotation system allows for a more varied experience.
  • Each trainee is able to get more personal attention as the intake is quite small.
  • The firm offers many opportunities for pro bono work to widen trainees’ experiences.


  • As with many law firms, there can be long and unpredictable hours.
  • While the firm offers overseas secondments, some feel there could be a wider variety.
  • There could be more transparency around seat moves.
  • Retention rates are noticeably lower than at similar firms.

What insiders say about...

"Get to know Dechert's core practice areas as the firm appears to focus questions..."

"The office culture is very welcoming. The open-door policy is ingrained so associates..."

"There are often training sessions organised and these have been both external and..."

"It depends on the supervisor but these are well chosen."

"Trainees sit in with their supervisor so they share an office, which is unusual but..."

"It's all about managing your own workload. If you need to come in early and stay..."

"Pay is decent but we do not receive bonuses as trainees."

"The perks aren't that unusual but are reasonable."

"There are usually general commercial questions."

"The firm is trying, but every law firm uses a forest's worth of paper every day,..."

"We have a very active diversity committee."

"I've been given good responsibility in each department and there is a real emphasis..."

"Each lawyer has to work at least 25 billable hours per year on pro bono projects...."

"Getting client-facing experience, the international character of the work and being..."

"Being a US firm has its ups and downs."

"I read the trainee profiles online when I was at law school and thought it sounded..."

"Our retention rate is not great on paper but, as we have a smaller intake size, it..."

"All lawyers, including trainees, have to do 25 hours of pro bono work per year."

"Fast-paced, great work and lots of responsibility."

"More transparency with seat rotation choices."

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