Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gibson Dunn

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"Ambitious. Exciting. Friendly."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.3 / 10
8.1 / 10
9.3 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10


  • The entrepreneurial culture gives trainees the means and responsibility to build relationships with clients early on.
  • There’s an open-door policy and many partners are very active regarding informal training and mentoring.
  • While the hours can be long, a degree of flexibility is allowed to trainees.
  • Trainees have found remuneration to be very satisfactory and toward the top of US firms.


  • The wide variety of work can make it difficult to predict your workload.
  • The flat hierarchy may confuse some trainees when they first start.
  • Trainees felt that there was very little attention paid to recycling and other environmental concerns.
  • The firm has only recently started taking on trainees so are still developing their training contract.

What insiders say about...

"Know your stuff and be yourself. Don't sell yourself as having more knowledge than..."

"The firm has a very entrepreneurial culture. It operates a free market system where..."

"The firm organises training regularly and guests can be invited. Training aims to..."

"Feedback is always given and provides useful guidance for your progression whether..."

"Great location (Blackfriars) and strange but lovely buildings. We now have some floors..."

"The hours can be tough. But, if you are not busy, no one expects you to hang around..."

"Pay is great, as are the healthy bonuses."

"We get free dinners when we work late and free taxis home. We have a buddy system..."

"Why law and Gibson Dunn? What extracurricular activities did I get involved in at..."

"Recycling and paper wastage could be much improved."

"The firm strongly promotes diversity. We have a very important diversity committee..."

"I have lots of client interaction and responsibility but I never feel pushed to go..."

"The firm is very committed to pro bono, which counts as billable time. I worked on..."

"The high-quality and varied workload. You come to GDC to become a great lawyer and..."

"The absence of a clear hierarchy or a clear allocation of responsibilities can sometimes..."

"The generalist nature of the firm. You are trained to be a great lawyer here and..."

"The low intake level and being the first set of trainees leads me to hope I will..."

"Trainees get to go on the retreats to the US."

"Excellent quality of work and a good level of responsibility for juniors."

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