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Orrick Graduate Careers

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Orrick

Orrick is the place for you if you want to practise international law but like the idea of working in a smaller, close-knit team. As an international firm working across over 25 markets in the US, Europe, and Asia, trainees in the London office work with teams across the world, learning to handle multi-jurisdictional cases. However, the small office size ensures trainees benefit from more partner and client contact and have greater access to coaching and mentoring from the team's senior lawyers. 

The firm focuses on three key areas: Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure (E&I) and Finance.

Trainees will completer six four-month seats in a wide range of areas, from Antitrust / Competition and Litigation & Dispute Resolution to M&A & Private Equity and Cyber & Privacy Advisory. Trainees are also encouraged to complete pro bono work, and the firm's Head of International Pro Bono and Community Responsibility will help you find a project that really inspires you.

What the firm says

Orrick is a modern, inclusive, global law firm focused on serving the Tech & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Based in 27+ markets worldwide, we help our clients grow and innovate, we protect them and we help them win. We prioritise diversity (Mansfield PlusCertified for five years in a row), innovation (Financial Times Top 3 Most Innovative firms for seven years in a row) and being a best place to work (Fortune Best Companies To Work For also for seven years in a row). And these values help us attract and develop top talent and inspire collaboration in order to provide forward-thinking advice to the world’s most innovative companies.

In Tech & innovation, we help clients compete globally and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic landscape. Our clients include more than 4,000 tech and life sciences companies, 13 of the world’s 15 largest public tech companies, 100+ unicorns and 400 leading VC investors globally. We partner with clients on virtually every transaction type – formation through going public – and achieve outstanding litigation and regulatory outcomes for them. Orrick has been ranked the #1 most active venture capital law firm in Europe for the past 30 consecutive quarters and rank #5 globally (PitchBook).

We offer a comprehensive global Energy & Infrastructure platform – working across renewables, power, oil & gas and infrastructure. Clients turn to us for revolutionary projects in energy transition and energy technology, and we guide them in the development of some of the most impactful infrastructure modernisation projects across the planet. Our clients include 8 of the top 15 energy companies by market cap, 8 of the top 10 renewables sponsors and 50% of the top 50 infrastructure investors globally.

We have a long and rich history of serving the Finance sector. We've acted for global banks, funds and leading financial institutions at the forefront of innovation in the private and public sectors – from creating new financial products to resolving high-stakes litigation, enforcement and compliance matters. Our clients include 10 of the top 15 financial institutions by market cap, 7 of the top 20 online lenders and 4 of the top 20 fintech unicorns.

Orrick’s pro bono program has been praised for the dedication of its lawyers to supporting diverse causes with tangible results. Orrick strategically allocates its pro bono resources to ensure that each lawyer’s work has the maximum impact for the client and the community. The firm’s commitment to serving its communities worldwide is underscored by the full participation of lawyers around the firm on important matters for low-income clients and those focused on critical matters seeking to address structural barriers to equality. Our heightened focus on pro bono was rewarded: We ranked #4 in the AmLaw international pro bono rankings for the third consecutive year and have been named in the top 20 list by Legal Week for pro bono work in London for the last two years. In 2022, more than 84% of our lawyers in Europe/Asia undertook 20+ hours of pro bono work, with an average of 53 hours per lawyer.



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Academic requirements

While we don’t have set academic requirements, successful candidates will have strong academics and a genuine interest in learning. Successful candidates must also complete our bespoke SQE preparation course run by Barbri, which includes comprehensive preparation for the SQE assessments, as well as the knowledge and skills they will need for a career in City law practice.