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

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Not like other US firms!"
7.9 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
7.3 / 10
7.1 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
8.1 / 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.
  • Regular informal training is provided by mentors throughout the training contract.


  • More seat-specific training could be offered to trainees.
  • Some trainees would have liked more firm-organised socialising.
  • Hours can be quite tough in some of the busier departments.
  • Some departments may only have one trainee.

What insiders say about...

"A cover letter application, followed by a first stage interview with HR and a lawyer,..."

"Some departments are friendly and collegiate but others can be a little more com..."

"We had an extensive induction, as well as training sessions every week at Orrick..."

"We each get assigned a mentor who will be available for support. My mentor is engaged..."

"The firm's office is lovely and convenient. Its client facilities are, perhaps, a..."

"I am in the Real Estate department which has the best hours of the whole firm. The..."

"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..."

"The process involved an application form including academic qualifications, a covering..."

"I was given an exercise on a legal issue and time to prepare before presenting my..."

"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..."

"I'm satisfied with the quality of work that I'm given. Typical work assigned to me..."

"All lawyers (and trainees) are expected to get a minimum of 20 pro bono hours per..."

"A large amount of responsibility is offered to trainees."

"Sometimes getting limited appreciation for the work we do."

"The work seemed interesting, and the culture sounded like a good fit: West Coast..."

"The firm is growing in size and this is generating increasing amounts of work. All..."

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

"Forward-thinking, welcoming, challenging."

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"I would like to have overseas secondments."

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