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Dorsey & Whitney

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Ms Norbury (Mean Girls) – a fairly hands-off teacher but supportive and happy to give advice to pupils when asked

The verdict

The verdict

‘Corporate-focused’ US firm Dorsey & Whitney provides its ‘small trainee intake’ with ‘high-level work’. Recruits relish the amount of responsibility they are given, reporting that they ‘work on high-value, complex transactions from start to finish’ and have lots of client contact. Working with ‘friendly, straightforward and talented lawyers’ is also a bonus of training at the firm. Newbies feel that both the firm’s lawyers and support staff ‘have a genuine interest in seeing you succeed’. The firm’s nurturing nature was first noticed by recruits during the interview process which ‘was not as intimidating as expected’ – interviewers were ‘interested in getting to grips with my personality, how I worked and my ambitions, rather than trying to catch me out’. Supervisors at the firm are ‘invested in your professional development’ and want new recruits to thrive. Dorsey & Whitney’s training contract is ‘informal’ and the structure is sometimes ‘unpredictable’; however, the benefit of this is that ‘there’s flexibility to ask for what you want and need in terms of training’. The firm is ‘very partner-heavy, meaning it’s not as sociable as other firms might be’, but the office atmosphere is nevertheless collegiate and inclusive. Trainees groaned about ‘trying to manage conflicting deadlines’ and the ‘occasional moments of feeling overwhelmed and pulled in many different directions’, but rest assured, ‘there’s always someone willing to offer a helping hand if you’re willing to ask’. If you dream of working for a large US firm with a ‘small London office where you get to know everyone fairly quickly’, Dorsey & Whitney should be on your radar.