Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gibson Dunn

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"Supportive, ambitious and dedicated."
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...

"The first interview was with HR and one partner. The second interview was with partners..."

"The culture allows you to get involved in many different areas of work and the low-leverage..."

"It's quite new and so not well as established or tried-and-tested as at other firms..."

"There is a 'formal' mentoring programme with partners, which is incredibly useful...."

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

"Work hours vary depending on the case you work on. If it's a busy matter, or you..."

"Salary is very high, although slightly less than the very top of the US rates."

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

"The usual questions regarding my background but also questions regarding my knowledge..."

"Could be better, not a great effort on recycling (paper or food)."

"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..."

"Pro bono is a big part of the culture and there is an expectation that everyone gets..."

"The culture really stands out, as do the people."

"Not being able to fully switch off from your work phone."

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

"This is the first intake of trainees, so it's hard to know."

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

"Supportive, ambitious and dedicated."

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