Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gibson Dunn

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 4 ratings in 2018)
"Elite, excellent and exciting."
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 is a great place if you like responsibility and socialising. It's a very..."

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

"Senior lawyers are always willing to help and provide guidance."

"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..."

"You can't argue with this salary."

"We have a buddy budget, which is quite large and allows us to go out for a series..."

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

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

"There are some new but very successful initiatives in place that trainees and associates..."

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

"The firm is very committed and supportive of pro bono projects and I have attended..."

"The high level of responsibility you are given from the very beginning of your career...."

"The hours (they're not too bad but are pretty standard for law)."

"The new training contract offering sounded like a good opportunity to join a growing..."

"The retention rates have been high so far. This is helped by the fact that it's a..."

"The first two partners in the firm weren't Gibson and Dunn but Bicknell and Trask...."

"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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