Get the inside buzz from graduates at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, idiosyncratic at times, hard-working."
6.7 / 10
Formal Training
6.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.8 / 10
7.2 / 10
6.7 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10


  • Trainees are often given high-level work and are trusted with a variety of tasks.
  • While below those of some US firms, salaries are around the magic circle level in the UK.
  • The small intake allows trainees to regularly work directly with partners and get given greater responsibility.
  • Regular informal training is provided by mentors throughout the training contract.


  • The high levels of responsibility can lead to some trainees feeling pressured.
  • Some trainees would have liked more firm-organised socialising.
  • Hours can be quite tough in some of the busier departments.
  • There could be more training provided on soft skills and administration.

What insiders say about...

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"The people selected as supervisors and mentors have been universally good in my experience...."

"We have a good office space and the dress code is very formal."

"The hours have been good so far but it depends on the seat you're in."

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"We have motion sensors for our lights and are encouraged to recycle."

"As an ethnic minority and a woman, Orrick attracted me for its focus on diversity..."

"The work varies hugely both between departments and within departments themselves...."

"Almost everyone has a '20 hours plus' sticker on the door."

"You are provided with a high level of responsibility; quality of work is high; partner..."

"It is a shame that the offices don't have a canteen."

"I was encouraged to apply to Orrick because of the small trainee intake; I didn't..."

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"Practical, diverse and supportive."

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"There could be more training on simple, administrative-type tasks such as IT, printing..."

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