Life as a Ropes & Gray Trainee


Life as a Ropes & Gray Trainee

Being a trainee at Ropes & Gray is a great place to start to your career because the select number of trainees at the firm means we can offer you early responsibility and challenging work, assisting in the end-to-end process of complex transactions. This is balanced by an 'open door' policy and non-hierarchal culture, ensuring you have the support to build a successful career.

As a trainee here you can expect to be working on ground-breaking, international deals for clients such as The Carlyle Group, Baring Private Equity Asia, Google, whilst benefiting from the teamwork, mentoring and client contact that comes with a smaller office.

Career Development

We are renowned for our supportive and collaborative culture. As a trainee, you will benefit from receiving continual support and guidance as you develop from a first seat trainee to a newly qualified solicitor and beyond.

On joining

All our future trainees complete the LPC at BPP Holborn, allowing you to develop close bonds with your intake. You will be invited to our summer and Christmas parties and to trainee social events so you feel part of the firm before you join. During the first two weeks of your training contract you will complete an intensive induction programme which is designed to provide you with all the information you need to get up-and-running as quickly as possible.

During your training contract

For each seat of your training contract you will share a room with your supervisor. They will provide you with the background and training that you need to integrate into your practice and will provide you with regular feedback and support throughout your seat. The partners, senior associates and trainee development team work together to ensure you have regular and structured ongoing discussions around your performance. You will be assessed every three months to recognise your achievements and discuss any areas for development.

There is also a comprehensive in-house trainee training programme consisting of in-house courses, specialist seminars and workshops.

The training principal and trainee development team are always available for you to discuss any aspects of your career.

Qualification and beyond

Our training contract is designed to provide you with all the knowledge, skills and support you will need to become a successful associate at the firm.

Once you qualify, you can expect to receive similarly high levels of guidance and support to help you develop your career. Each practice group has a dedicated partner who works closely with the office’s associate development manager to ensure associates are getting the right mix of work, feedback and support to continue their career development.

Rewards & Benefits

 Our salaries are one of the most competitive in the market:


Other rewards and benefits include:

GDL and/or LPC course fees paid or reimbursed  £8,000 maintenance grant for both GDL and LPC
25 days holiday (rising to 30 days on qualification) NQ qualification leave
Discretionary bonus Interest free season ticket loan
Private Medical Insurance Income Protection Insurance
Contributory Pension Scheme Life assurance
Subsidised Gym Membership Dental Insurance
Cycle to Work Scheme Wellbeing Allowance


Meet the Trainees

You will be allocated a supervisor for each of your seats. Our supervisors are highly trained and are committed to providing you with on-the-job training and feedback, together with objective mentoring and advice. We also hold regular social events for you and your supervisor, which gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the office. Read the below profiles from a selection of our current trainees to learn more about what its like to be a trainee at the firm.

Ashleigh Morton – 3rd seat – Private Equity


My supervisor has really supported me in my progress, not just by giving me specific feedback on tasks I have completed for them, but also by encouraging and advising me to be proactive in expressing any particular interests I have and to look for opportunities to get more exposure to them.

William Moore – 4th seat – Litigation and Enforcement

William Moore

Alongside the daily support my supervisor offers, the junior associates go out of their way to provide advice and guidance. We are also always encouraged to get involved in the social life of the firm, whether it is joining trainee events or getting involved in one of the numerous sports clubs.

Maddie Cubbon – 3rd seat Finance


The trainee cohort is very social - we have a tradition of Friday night drinks (or, “FNDs” as we like to call them) at our local pub. It’s a welcome opportunity for us to kick back and tell each other stories from the week.

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