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Training Contract - September 2021

During your two years as a trainee solicitor at Gibson Dunn you will spend time in different practice areas known as "seats". This variety enables you to develop the skills and insight that are crucial to becoming a first-rate lawyer. You will spend at least one seat in our transactional department (which comprises the corporate and finance practice groups) and at least one seat in our dispute resolution department (which comprises both litigation and arbitration). To the extent possible, the remainder of your seats will be allocated according to your personal choice, in discussion with the Training Principal and the Graduate Recruitment and Development team and others. The firm is committed to ensuring that trainees are able to pursue the careers they wish to the greatest extent possible.

During each of your seats you will share an office with a partner or senior associate who will act as your supervisor and who will involve you in his or her work. Our partners and associates have a wealth of experience and we believe that sharing a room with a senior lawyer and observing how they go about their work is quite simply the best west to learn. You will also have the opportunity to become more widely involved in the work of the practice group as a whole. You will receive regular informal feedback as well as a mid-seat review and a comprehensive review at the end of each seat. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your progress, and will ensure that you grow in confidence.

In addition to day-to-day "on the job" training, all of our trainees benefit from a personalised formal training programme carefully developed by the firm, designed to provide you with the skills you need to thrive at Gibson Dunn including seminars and workshops on substantive law as well as topics such as commercial awareness, drafting, negotiation, advocacy and networking.


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