Life as a Ropes & Gray Trainee


London Culture

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

Mentoring and Support

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:


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