Life as a Ropes & Gray Trainee


Real Life at Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray is a great place to start your career. Our small trainee intakes mean we can offer you early responsibility and challenging work and the opportunity to assist in the end-to-end process of complex transactions. Balanced with our 'open door' policy and non-hierarchical culture, Ropes & Gray provides the ideal platform for you to launch your legal 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

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.

Before 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.

On Joining

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 meet with your supervisor at the mid and end points of your seat to get feedback, reflect on your achievements and discuss any areas for future 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


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


Real Life at Ropes & Gray

Click the Trainee’s name to find out more about what it’s like to be a Trainee in the London office:

Victoria Srivastava

During my training contract I have learnt and developed more than I could have imagined. The quality of legal and business learning has certainly been exceptional at Ropes & Gray, but more than that, I think Ropes has helped me to harness professional skills and personal attributes beyond those which I would otherwise have found, either at law school or in fact at another firm, and I know I will use and improve them throughout the rest of my career. The work on offer is exceptionally diverse and the training contract structure enables you to establish what kind of lawyer you ultimately want to be quite early on in your career.

In addition, the life of a trainee at Ropes & Gray is far different than what you might normally expect in an international law firm. This is mainly because at Ropes & Gray you are never alone. Everybody is open-minded, approachable, willing to help in any situation. Therefore, whilst the job can be challenging and exceptionally demanding at times, the collegiate and progressive culture that the firm has established makes you look forward to coming to work every day.

William Moore

My most memorable moment so far has been GDPR Day! It was what the team and I had been working so hard towards and it was great that we could enter the next exciting stage of data protection law.

The biggest challenge I have faced as a trainee is managing my workload during the busy times. It can seem a little overwhelming to start with, but knowing that you have a supportive team in the “foxhole” with you really helped me to overcome these challenges. 

Hoey Lee

Whilst I have not had one standout moment (yet!) there have been lots of small ‘firsts’ which I will remember, like the first time I got to see a deal through to completion and the first time (on a small matter) where I could say I’d drafted the majority of the documents. The team and firmwide Christmas parties have also definitely been highlights!

One of the biggest challenges so far has been learning to prioritise lots of different matters at any one time. There is definitely a learning curve to this, especially if you’ve come straight out of university/doing the LPC where you can pretty much work to your own timetable, but I’ve been able to make significant improvements in this since joining.

Justin Kanji

It is always exciting to be involved on headline deals and getting engrossed with the pace of a transaction but what has really stood out to me during my time at Ropes is looking back on my development from the time I started to now. I recall being here on my first day attending a finance training session and being oblivious to the majority of what was being taught. Today, my understanding has developed tremendously with the help of my supervisors and other lawyers.

Something I’ve learnt while being here is that the lawyers do really mean it when they say “please feel free to ask questions”. Everyone recognises that they were also once a trainee so you never feel unsupported. Throughout my time at the firm, I have always found the senior trainees and lawyers to be very encouraging and always willing to help.  In addition to this, I have also learnt the importance of trying to independently grapple with challenging pieces of work and always lean towards trying new opportunities.

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