Get the inside buzz from graduates at Osborne Clarke

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2015)
"Varied and interesting instructions."
8.9 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
6.9 / 10
8.2 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
7.4 / 10


  • Friendly and approachable colleagues make for a culture that is nice to work in
  • The firm's open-plan offices are well thought out, and they are in convenient locations
  • Trainees benefit from being given significant responsibility and good exposure to clients from the outset
  • The firm has a well-structured training programme which is staggered over the training contract and covers a multitude of skills


  • Working hours can be long at times, although there is no 'face-time' culture
  • IT systems could be improved as they can initially be quite difficult to get to grips
  • Most teams only have one trainee and as a result there is no one to share a workload when it gets busy
  • The seat rotation process can be a little drawn out, and trainees may not always get their first choice of seats

What insiders say about...

"Ensure that any application is completely tailored to the firm and has personality...."

"There is a clear structure, but generally the culture is quite informal and friendly...."

"I have picked up lots of presentation skills and a great deal of legal and commercial..."

"Feedback is often received at the time rather than in mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews...."

"The open-plan office is well thought out. It doesn't feel like you're on top of anyone..."

"On joining both departments, I have been told to only stay in work if I have to,..."

"Good trainee salary."

"An extra Christmas Shopping Day on top of usual annual leave."

"The interview was very friendly and relaxed. They asked me all about the work I had..."

"Questions were the usual mix of soft skills and legal knowledge. They seemed to want..."

"The office is now paperless, no printing out emails for filing purposes. But I am..."

"OC is a very understanding firm with respect to diversity issues, and they want you..."

"I have been heavily involved in transactions and have had a good level of client..."

"Charity activities and volunteering at local college, and organising volunteers/donations..."

"The atmosphere is really relaxed and unstuffy because everyone is so friendly and..."

"The hours are often quite long."

"It was small enough to be friendly but big enough to have a good profile and attract..."

"The firm makes an effort to retain good trainees."

"The annual summer fancy dress party in a hotel is brilliant."

"Friendly with good quality work."

"I think Osborne Clarke is probably better than other firms. The trainees come from..."

"It can get busy, but generally the atmosphere is not too stressful."

"Shorter working hours."

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