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Applications for training contracts commencing in September 2025 and 2026 are accepted from 1 September 2023. The deadline for applications is 16 January 2024.
Applications for our vacation scheme taking place in summer 2024 will also be accepted from 1 September 2023. The deadline for applications is 16 January 2024.
Applicants should complete the online application form at gibsondunn.grad.allhires.com/app/.
We strongly advise that you indicate that you are applying for both a vacation scheme and a training contract on our online application form. To date, almost all of our trainees have been recruited from our summer vacation scheme.
Open days and first-year opportunities
General open day – 7 December 2023. Applications are welcome from those who are eligible to apply for our summer vacation scheme. Deadline for applications is 19 November 2023.
First-year insight day – 25 April 2024. Applications are welcome from students of any discipline in their first year of undergraduate study. Deadline for applications is 20 March 2024.
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- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
Gibson Dunn is one of the top law firms in the world with a London practice established over 30 years ago. We work on a fully-integrated basis with our other offices around the world, offering full-service capabilities on a wide range of business issues to listed companies, large private companies, investment banks, private equity firms, start-up ventures and many other organisations with international operations and ambitions.
The London office handles all aspects of corporate work, including public and private M&A, private equity, finance, capital markets, tax, corporate real estate, financial regulatory, technology, energy and restructuring and insolvency. The office also has an extensive dispute resolution practice, which handles commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, international arbitration and employment and competition law disputes.
Gibson Dunn's London office will offer around 20 vacation scheme places in the summer of 2024. The scheme will run for three weeks from 24 June 2024 – 12 July 2024. We also offer vacation schemes in Dubai and Hong Kong in the summer of 2024.
The vacation scheme is an excellent opportunity for prospective trainees of the firm to experience a true picture of life at Gibson Dunn, with opportunities to attend specially-designed seminars, workshops and talks given by lawyers at the firm as well as carry out meaningful work and mix with lawyers and staff socially.
During the two-year training contract, trainees will have the opportunity to spend time in a number of different departments, including corporate, finance and restructuring, energy, dispute resolution, employment, technology, financial regulatory, tax and competition.
We also expect to be able to offer trainee secondments to overseas offices of the firm and with clients.
For those who have not completed LPC we will be sponsoring the SQE preparation courses at BPP Law School.
Gibson Dunn has a global diversity committee, which oversees our firmwide strategic efforts, and there are local diversity committees and intiatives across all our offices.
Our London diversity, talent and inclusion (DTI) committee was established in 2007, and is one of the most active in the firm. The DTI committee is comprised of three partners and six executive members and is supported by the London DTI Group, which includes members of the London office committed to supporting diversity and inclusion at all levels. Our trainees are encouraged to participate in all activities, and get involved as much as they would like. We work closely with our global professional development and pro bono committees and with our London community affairs committee to exchange ideas, capitalise on our networks and cohost events. The London DTI committee is an important forum for our lawyers, trainees and staff, providing all with the opportunity to discuss, explore and support a wide range of issues which impact our approach to recruitment, our working lives and the broader communities in which we and our families work and live. It is a welcoming, supportive and fun space in which our people are encouraged to voice opinions, ideas, drive forward new initiatives and socialise with colleagues.
Gibson Dunn will pay SQE/GDL/LPC fees in full. A £17,000 maintenance grant will also be paid for each year of law school.
- Finance & restructuring
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate real estate
- Financial regulatory
- Corporate & Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
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|Number of work placements:||20|
|Minimum qualification:||2:1 and three good A levels (AAA/AAB/ABB) or equivalent|
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|Training programme applications:||599 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2022)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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