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Orrick Graduate Careers

Welcome to Orrick's law firm hub. Find out more about this international law firm using this essential resource. Once you're armed with all the necessary information, why not submit an application for one of the firm's opportunities? 

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Orrick

Orrick is the place for you if you want to practise international law, but you like the idea of working in a smaller close-knit team. 

Orrick is an international firm and the 100 lawyers in the London office work closely with other teams in Paris, New York, Silicon Valley and Shanghai, but the smaller London office also means 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 global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 25 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. We focus on three sectors: technology and innovation, energy and infrastructure and finance. We aim to be a best place to work for the best talent and we are always adapting to the ever-increasing pace of innovation. Financial Times selected Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America for 2016- 2018 and runner-up in 2019, and Fortune named us 15th on its 2019 list of the 100 Best Places to Work, the fifth year in a row we’ve been listed.

Orrick has earned a global reputation advising both established and emerging companies, banks and international financial institutions. Our clients include the most disruptive technology companies, 20% of US and UK unicorns, 10 of the world’s largest 25 public tech companies, seven of the top 15 energy companies globally, 14 of the top 20 global financial institutions, two of the three most successful fintech companies and three of the top 10 most active VC investors in European fintech, funds and government entities. We were named a 2019 Technology Group of the Year by Law360, and rank third globally for venture capital and number one in Europe for the past 17 consecutive quarters (PitchBook). Chambers ranks us Band 1 for both renewable energy and infrastructure.

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.

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Academic requirements

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, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP could be for you.

Candidates applying for training contracts should have obtained or be on track to obtain a 2:1 or higher degree in any discipline. Candidates must also pass the Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable) and Legal Practice course at their first attempt.

Candidates must show an aptitude for excellence, hard work, strong ethics and communication skills, as well as the ability to provide quality customer service.

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