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Trainee Retention

4.9 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2018)


"The retention rates usually appear worse than they are because we are a small intake and they don't differentiate between the trainees who left law altogether and those who didn't get qualification jobs. If they did, our figures would be far better."
First year trainee, City of London
"Lower retention rates have often reflected career changes as opposed to trainees not being kept on. That said, the chances of being kept on in your chosen department vary year on year depending on business needs and the number of other applicants."
First year trainee, London
"They could be better. There are always enough jobs in all the departments combined, but the popular departments are usually oversubscribed, which accounts for the lower retention rates."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are fairly poor and there is about a 50/50 chance of being kept on. Most firms have significantly higher retention rates so there are definitely improvements that ought to be made in order to bring Dechert up to the City average."
First year trainee, London


"Our retention rate is not great on paper but, as we have a smaller intake size, it makes a massive difference to the numbers if one or two people aren't taken on."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention rates are variable but have been poor more recently."
First year trainee, London
"There have been some poor retention rates due to a lack of availability of seats in some departments."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates at the firm have been poor recently."
First year trainee, London
"They're a bit low considering all the time and effort the firm puts into training us."
First year trainee, Dechert LLP
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