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Our training contract and open day applications will open from 1 October 2019, and you can apply online via our website. Our training contract applications will close on 29 May 2020. We will be holding open days in the spring of 2019. Applications for these will close on 31 January 2020.
Our open days provide a good opportunity to see the London office of a US law firm in action. Applicants spend the day learning more about the firm and the work on offering the London office as well as participating in a business game designed to give a flavour of the work of a City lawyer. Further details can be found on our website.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Orrick is a leading international law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 25 offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Orrick has earned a global reputation advising both established and emerging companies, banks and international financial institutions. Much of Orrick's client work involves cross-border transactions or projects in the tech, finance and energy sectors, as well as dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas; this global focus requires close coordination between London and Orrick's overseas offices. Our clients include leading investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, multinational and national corporate, and emerging companies
We are recognised worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-orientated legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Working at Orrick you will be part of a truly international team and benefit from its core values of collegiality, integrity, excellence, enthusiasm and respect for individuality. From the first day of your career you will be a valued member of our team. We will support your learning through a steadfast focus on training and mentoring, which will provide you with the right foundation for building your career.
Orrick has been named one of the Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for the third year in a row and is one of only five law firms to make the 2018 list. This is alongside being featured for the sixth year in a row on the American Lawyer’s 2018 A-List, for the most well-rounded, elite firms. Orrick has also been named one of ‘Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold standard firm’ for its sixth consecutive year. The 2018 edition of directory Chambers Global recognises Orrick for leadership across 42 practice areas in markets around the world. The London office was awarded Legal 500’s 2018 corporate and commercial law firm of the year for venture capital.
The firm has an extensive diversity initiative that has received recognition from Human Rights Campaign Foundation (100% on the Corporate Equality Index for 10 years), Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, and The American Lawyer (ranked 16 for overall diversity).
Orrick's pro bono programme offers the firm's resources, both time and money, to those in our communities who would not otherwise be able to afford access to legal services, education or the arts. The firm provides pro-bono support to various social enterprises including Accion International, Policy in Practice and Resurgo Spear. We also deliver pro-bono services with LawWorks and Advocates for International Development, and we support aspiring democracies in the Middle East through our work with the Public International Law & Policy Group.
We do not provide work experience or hold vacation schemes but we do hold open days in the spring.
If you set your standards high, have a strong work ethic and are a bright, talented graduate of any discipline looking for a firm offering a broad-based training contract, then Orrick could be for you. Applicants should have at least three A-level passes at grades A and B and a 2.1 degree.
Orrick is a firm for those looking for a high level of responsibility from day one. We value team players and reward collaboration over competition. We aim to give individuals the opportunity to flourish in a lively and supportive work environment and encourage interaction among lawyers across international offices at every level of experience within the firm. We support learning through a steadfast focus on training and a mentoring programme that will provide trainees with the right foundation for building their legal career and for working with clients. A genuine open door policy means trainees work closely with partners and of counsel as well as associates to gain practical experience in research, drafting, procedural and client-related skills.
Our two-year training programme is made up of six four-month seats with regular appraisals throughout. Our dedicated trainee partner oversees the supervision and management of our trainees. There are regular training sessions on legal and soft skills to enhance your development as a lawyer. Our extensive training programme is provided by in-house experts, clients and specialist professionals. Trainees undertake the Professional Skills Course during their induction programme.
GDL and LPC course fees paid plus £8,000 maintenance grant for your GDL and £9,500 maintenance grant for your LPC.
- Real estate
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
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.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
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 advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Phone: 020 7862 4600
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (any discipline) and at least three A level passes at grades A and B (or equivalent)|
|Start salary:||£45,000 (2019)|
|Training contract applications:||524 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||67% (2019)|
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