Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

The Lex 100 verdict on Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson Dunn boasts an ‘even split between corporate and litigation’, as well as ‘opportunities for travel, high pay and high-profile client work’. The firm ‘operates on a ‘free market system’, which means that trainees (and associates) in the transactional department can get involved in different deals at the same time and gain exposure to different practices’. Recruits loved ‘working on a high-profile IPO and running the verification process’ and ‘producing work that was directly used by a senior partner in his preparation for an arbitration hearing’. The ‘international aspect of the work’, and the overseas secondment offering are also impressive. A small intake of around 12 recruits across both years and ‘the lean staffing on deals and cases’ mean that ‘trainees come to play a vital role on matters and are given as much responsibility as they can take’. Colleagues are ‘lovely and very sociable’ and ‘partners and associates empower trainees to voice their opinions and their legal input is always appreciated’. Gibson Dunn is a Lex 100 Winner for client contact and salary. Whilst the high levels of responsibility are relished, being so actively involved in matters ‘can be overwhelming’. Moreover, working hours are long and the workload can be very unpredictable, although trainees admit that ‘this is to expected’ at a US firm. It is therefore not surprising that some trainees have experienced ‘working for four consecutive weekends’, ‘back-to-back all-nighters over the course of a week for a filing’ and, just generally, ‘drowning in work’. For ‘varied, very high-quality tasks which can definitely not be considered grunt work’ in an office with a friendly, collegiate atmosphere, take a closer look at Gibson Dunn.