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Formal Training

7.4 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2016)

2016

"We learn a lot on the job but the firm doesn't really have a formal training system."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a very good informal trainee-led programme where partners and associates talk us through a specific area of their work over breakfast. Some departments also have specific training sessions that are done at the beginning of the seat and have proven to be very useful."
First year trainee, London
"There is firm-wide training for lawyers that trainees attend, which are largely department-focused. In terms of trainee training, this is a programme run by the trainees themselves to give us an opportunity to approach lawyers to conduct training sessions on matters and cases that we would like to learn more on."
Second year trainee, London
"We took part in the professional skills course with a group of other US firms, which was a nice way to get to know other trainees at other firms in offices nearby. We have a supervisor and a mentor (who is a senior partner usually who will be there for career type questions and support). We also have regular training sessions on a range of topics that anyone can sign up to. There's a lot of encouragement for trainees to take part in these meetings and conferences, even if they're not held by the department you're currently in. We also have fortnightly morning sessions where a partner or external speaker will lead sessions on particular practice areas and elements within them."
First year trainee, London
"The training is pretty informal and you learn through completing tasks and the corrections you receive from the fee earners."
First year trainee, London
"Associates and partners give training specifically to trainees at least once a month on various topics organised by the trainees. We also receive frequent training from outside sources, such as training on databases."
Second year trainee, London
"Formal training generally takes the form of trainee organised speeches and lectures by associates on particular aspects of deals they have been working on."
First year trainee, London

2015

"We regularly have presentations from partners giving an insight into their department and we also watch webinars on a range of interesting stuff. With regard to legal skills I have picked up some drafting skills and just general knowledge about how the law works in practice. With regard to non-legal skills my communications skills, time management and organisation have improved."
First year trainee, London
"There is a very good level of training at the firm. We have frequent trainee-specific training sessions as well as firm-wide lunchtime training sessions and department training."
First year trainee, London
"The breadth of the practice means that the training is thorough and as a trainee you have the opportunity to work with a very wide range of lawyers. The system of pooled seats means that you cannot be pigeon-holed for an entire seat in a narrow practice area. Generally as a trainee you are (to a certain extent) able to engineer and manage your own training by asking for certain work if you are particularly interested."
Second year trainee, London
"There are various types of training programmes in the firm. There are 'official' ones hosted by the firm for all lawyers in the firm, which may be run either from the UK or one of the US offices. In addition, there are also training programmes run by trainees, where we ask lawyers to give training sessions on their area of expertise. This is very useful not only for personal knowledge, but also for research purposes when thinking about next seats."
First year trainee, London
"The training contract has been revised this year from four six-month seats to six four-month seats. It waits to be seen whether this will be successful. The advantages are that it will allow trainees to sit in different departments to get a broader range of training, and it may allow for a seat to be retaken if one was particularly keen on it. The disadvantages are that it gives the trainee less time to become comfortable and competent in the seat. Other than the changes to the training contract, there is regular training sessions and a dedicated trainee training program run by the trainees which involves lawyers from the various departments talking about their practice or a significant deal they were involved in."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have experienced very few formal training programmes at Orrick during my time."
Second year trainee, London
"There are regular lunchtime training sessions with lunch provided. These are generally on a legal topic, but are sometimes about how to use the research, document review and other tools that we use."
First year trainee, London
"We had an extensive induction, as well as training sessions every week at Orrick."
First year trainee, London
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