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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Get the inside view from graduates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2019)
"Sociable, friendly, academic, supportive and hardworking."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
6.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.6 / 10
6.6 / 10
8.4 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10


  • There’s a collegiate and supportive culture within the firm.
  • Regular training seminars ensure that trainees are constantly developing as lawyers.
  • High-quality work is offered to trainees from early in their contract.
  • The firm has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion in many forms.


  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable.
  • There isn’t a lot of formal training in some departments.
  • The distribution of workloads can be imbalanced.
  • Some trainees feel that the salary is slightly dropping behind competitors.

What insiders say about...

"The process varies depending on your stage of entry and whether or not you plan to..."

"Senior associates and partners are generally very accessible and happy to discuss..."

"We have frequent in-house training sessions by all the practice groups and professional..."

"Solicitors and partners are all accessible and do genuinely care about you and your..."

"Dress code at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton is business casual."

"There are long hours and I can sometimes feel pressure to keep up with everyone else...."

"I think it is very reasonable."

"The maternity cover at the firm is incredible and there are often unexpected and..."

"The process involved an interview or open day for a vacation scheme - the firm recruit..."

"I was asked: why are you applying to Cleary? Why do you want to be a solicitor?"

"Recycling is encouraged at the firm."

"Diversity in some areas such as gender, ethnicity and LGBT is superb and encouraged,..."

"The quality of the work is high. Though we are asked to do 'typical trainee tasks',..."

"There are a lot of projects. However, some partners will expect you to drop pro bono..."

"Trainees are given a varied workload, responsibility, and are treated like adults...."

"Exposure (and early) to high level work can be quite daunting. It is a steep learning..."

"I wanted to work for an international firm with a big presence across Europe, so..."

"They are generally very good."

"The first-year trainee group is in charge of 'elving' each December. They organise..."

"Sociable, friendly, academic, supportive and hardworking."

"Unlike some firms to which I applied, there is absolutely no Oxbridge bias in Cleary's..."

"All jobs in the legal sector can be stressful, I would imagine. Stress at Cleary..."

"More control over our seat choices to make it more likely that we'll get the places..."

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