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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gibson Dunn

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 4 ratings in 2018)
"A top-rated US firm increasing its London footprint."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
7.3 / 10
8.0 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
9.5 / 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.
  • The work offered to trainees is wide ranging and of a high quality.
  • Trainees have found remuneration to be very satisfactory and competitive with other firms.


  • The unpredictable workload can make it difficult to manage your work/life balance.
  • 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 is still developing its training contract.
  • Some trainees feel that the training contract could be better organised.

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..."

"We receive departmental trainee-specific training, as well as departmental training..."

"Solicitors and partners are generally accessible and very happy to take the time..."

"The firm has just been entirely refurbished. The office space is great and nicely..."

"While there are definitely periods of long hours, they haven't been as bad as I expected...."

"I am happy with the trainee pay and understand that the associate pay is very competitive...."

"Retreats in the US! Buddy and mentoring programmes."

"I was asked why I wanted to have a career in law despite not having studied it at..."

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

"There is a very active diversity committee and there are regular LGBT, women's and..."

"I have had a lot of client interaction from an early stage in my career. I attended..."

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

"Getting high-quality work and the chance to be around intelligent colleagues."

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

"The strong reputation in litigation and the pay. If I'd known how special the culture..."

"The retention rates are strong at Gibson Dunn."

"Some offices and meeting rooms have nice fireplaces (they're sealed up unfortunately)...."

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

"I'd like it if the firm offered more secondment opportunities."

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