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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"There are several rounds of interviews with partners and associates from both the transactional and litigation departments. My recommendation is to read about the firm and to determine why this type of firm is of particular interest to you. You should also have a long list of questions you can ask the attorneys you meet during your interviews."
London
"The firm seems to recruit heavily from the vacation scheme so I would encourage you to apply to that if you are interested in a training contract at the firm. There is no formal assessment on the vacation scheme, with the exception of a couple of written tasks and a group presentation exercise to complete during the three-week scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"Candidates should research the firm and what differentiates it from other US firms. They should be able to offer considered and genuine reasons for wanting to apply to Gibson Dunn. The London office of Gibson Dunn is very collegial so it's important for candidates to come across as friendly and personable."
First year trainee, London
"Know your stuff and be yourself. Don't sell yourself as having more knowledge than you do but know what you profess to know inside out."
Second year trainee, London
"Read up on recent news articles and be prepared to argue both sides of the debate within them. Know the firm and what you want to get out of it and why you think it would be a good fit for you."
First year trainee, London
"The first interview was with HR and one partner. The second interview was with partners and associates. The best preparation is to know the firm. Read the bios of the partners and associates in the London office and learn what makes a great GDC lawyer. It's important to know your CV but be prepared to be asked questions that are not directly relevant to your experience. The partners and associates want to find out your thinking process."
London
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