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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 4 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious. Exciting. Friendly."
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...

"Candidates should research the firm and what differentiates it from other US firms...."

"There is no hierarchy at Gibson Dunn – it's very much a meritocracy. It is genuinely..."

"There's a combination of formal departmental training coupled with informal ad hoc..."

"All associates are very approachable, as are most of the partners, and there are..."

"There is a beautiful old building, which has been fully refurbished, as well as a..."

"The hours can be a bit unpredictable, although I understand them to be not too bad..."

"The salary is amazing for trainees and on qualification. Discretionary bonuses also..."

"Partners are generous at closing celebrations. Most associates get their own offices...."

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

"More initiatives on recycling and power usage would be good."

"There are numerous opportunities to get involved in diversity initiatives including..."

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

"Pro bono hours are counted at the same value as chargeable hours. Many projects come..."

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

"The workflow can be unpredictable because it's so varied."

"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."

"Ambitious. Exciting. Friendly."

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

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