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

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, international."
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...

"A straight training contract application generally involves two interviews. The first..."

"In the office there are strong team relationships. Whilst there is a high level of..."

"You are given talks by each of the departments as an introduction and you are also..."

"Each trainee sits with an associate who acts as their supervisor. Some people work..."

"The London office is based in Cheapside and is very close to Bank underground station...."

"It's likely that you will work outside of your standard hours but it's entirely dependent..."

"There is a good level of progression once qualified; although I do not know if it..."

"Taxis and dinner are provided if you have to work late, working on Cheapside means..."

"I had two 90 minute interviews with two lawyers and a member of the graduate recruitment..."

"As well as the standard questions about reasons for applying etc, the interview panel..."

"We have lights with motion sensors in the office and there are huge efforts towards..."

"There are lots of women around the office, and often in very senior positions which..."

"The work is varied and always challenging. I've been involved in completing deals..."

"Orrick sets its lawyers a target of 20 pro bono hours per year that can count towards..."

"I love the high quality of work here, our autonomy, and the high level of involvement..."

"There's a lack of formal training in each seat rotation."

"I applied here because of the type of work Orrick does. Being involved with a lot..."

"They've picked up in the last few years, along with business demand and the market...."

"Orrick is one of the oldest standing law firms in San Francisco."

"Ambitious and driven."

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"Have a fee earner involved in the trainee training so that people can get a better..."

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