Law Students

Gibson Dunn selects only the most highly qualified recruits and then, with guidance and training from the firm, you serve as the principal architect designing the course for your career. We believe that if you are given the power of choice and to pursue your passion, you will naturally maximize your performance and potential. This philosophy not only allows Gibson Dunn to create the winning team, but also a happy team.

Gibson Dunn believes that diversity among lawyers is essential. In an increasingly global world, we understand that it is crucial that we incorporate diverse competencies, experiences and viewpoints into our workforce. We are proud of our diverse partnership and look forward to developing a new and diverse generation of lawyers who will continue the long tradition of quality and excellence for which Gibson Dunn is known. To that end, we undertake extensive efforts to connect with and empower law students of color, female law students, and LGBTQ law students. We participate in and offer meaningful programs to create new pathways for diverse groups of law students, and constantly evaluate our own hiring practices to ensure that everyone is given an equal opportunity to show us why they would make fantastic Gibson Dunn attorneys.

Find out more about our efforts, including our 1L Fellowships and 2L Scholarships, at Diversity Recruiting.

Information on our Hong Kong Solicitor Training Program is available at Hong Kong Graduate Recruitment.

Summer Program

Gibson Dunn’s ability to recruit the top talent is crucial to its continued success. Our summer program is the primary method through which new lawyers become a part of our firm. We continually attract the most intelligent, creative and personable legal talent in the world to participate in our Summer Program.

How to Apply: Please submit an application via our applicant tracking system for a position in our summer program.  If you have any questions about the application process or our offices in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to the appropriate contact in the office in which you are interested in working.

Designed to facilitate a smooth transition from law school to legal practice, Gibson Dunn’s summer program provides practical training in the skills and techniques required to make top-notch lawyers.  We offer substantive training in areas such as legal writing, depositions, and different facets of both corporate and real estate transactions, as well as introductions to our various practice groups and our own Free Market System of work allocation.  In addition, we immediately involve summer associates in the highest profile legal matters in the world, matters on which the firm works every day. This includes a variety of litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels, as well as corporate transactions of all types, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and all forms of real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and joint ventures.   Through active involvement in client representations, we maximize our summer associates’ exposure to a variety of practical aspects of lawyering. Summer associates are also strongly encouraged to, and frequently do, participate in a wide range of pro bono matters.

E​ach summer, we hire some of the most accomplished and ambitious students from top law schools across the United States. In addition to the sophisticated and interesting client work they perform, summer associates enjoy many great social activities.  These range from large-group receptions and outings (including sports games, legal lectures, theme parks, theater performances, and outdoor activities) to smaller-group dinners at our partners’ homes.  Overall, these events give our summer associates the opportunity to get to know Gibson Dunn, its lawyers and its staff, and the cities in which we practice.

The Gibson Dunn summer program is very dynamic and provides numerous training and relationship development opportunities to be a successful attorney and get to know the Firm. Review the calendar below to see a sample of the exciting events and training typical of our summer program.


Click the calendar to view scheduled events. Blue numbers indicate days with events planned.

DA – Dallas
DC – Washington, D.C.
DE – Denver
LA – Los Angeles
NY – New York
OC – Orange County
PA – Palo Alto
SF – San Francisco


London Graduate Recruitment

London Solicitor Training Programme

Gibson Dunn is delighted to offer training contracts to a selected group of exceptional students and graduates. We are looking for individuals who can take the initiative and fulfil our clients’ needs, who have strong interpersonal and organisational skills and who can rise to the challenge of working directly with partners within small, focused teams and having client contact early in their careers. You should have at least three ‘A’ levels (AAA, AAB or ABB) or equivalent, and have obtained, or expect to obtain, a 2.1 degree or better.

Trainee Solicitors experience first-rate work experience with leading lawyers in their fields, together with excellent practical training, mentoring and support within a collegial, respectful and relaxed environment. We also offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package and will provide you with the tools you need to build an exceptional career.

Having commenced in 2015, our training programme is well-established and 2023 will see our ninth intake of trainees join the firm.  Our intake numbers have grown and our training programme goes from strength to strength with regular secondment opportunities available to our Hong Kong office and to clients and the design and development of a structured, tailored suite of departmental training for trainees at the start of each seat rotation, and throughout, to complement their on-the-job learning.

Gibson Dunn is one of the world’s leading law firms. Our lawyers work on some of the highest-profile deals and disputes involving cutting-edge legal issues often across multiple jurisdictions for a wide range of global industry leading clients. In this programme, you will be part of a group of intellectually bright, ambitious and high-achieving trainees, and get first-class, hands-on experience. Gibson Dunn trainees assume a high level of responsibility in each and every matter they work on. Trainees receive all the support they need, both informally through being part of a friendly, helpful and sociable team, and more formally through the firm’s mentoring and ‘buddy’ system.

As a Gibson Dunn trainee, you will work alongside some of the most talented lawyers in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Based in London, trainees frequently work on international transactions and cases with our colleagues and clients overseas. The firm is also able to offer trainee secondments to overseas firm offices, as well as with clients.

During the two-year training contract, trainees will have the opportunity to spend time in a number of different departments, including corporate, finance and restructuring, dispute resolution, employment, tax, real estate, energy, funds and antitrust/competition. Trainees typically share an office with a partner or a senior associate and work with them on their matters, as well as with other lawyers throughout the firm.

Gibson Dunn trainees also frequently work on some of the London office’s local and international pro bono activities. The firm is proud to have a strong and sustained commitment to pro bono work, and trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in this tradition.

We currently expect to offer around six training contracts for 2023. If you are interested in applying for a training contract please click here or to find out more information, contact our London Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager, Kathryn Edwards, at or view our graduate recruitment brochure [PDF] and FAQs (PDF).

Summer Vacation Scheme Dates: 28 June – 16 July 2021

In 2021, Gibson Dunn will host one three-week summer vacation scheme for students interested in pursuing a career with the firm. The scheme is intended for law students in their penultimate or final year of study, students of other disciplines in their final year, recent graduates (in any discipline), and those already taking a GDL or LPC course. Scheme participants have the opportunity to take part in seminars and workshops, as well as perform meaningful work on the firm’s high-profile matters.

Gibson Dunn strongly encourages candidates interested in a training contract to apply for a place on our summer vacation scheme, rather than directly for a training contract. To date, around 90% of our trainees have been recruited from our previous summer vacation schemes.

If you are interested in applying for a summer vacation placement please click here. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2021 but please be advised that places on our summer vacation scheme will be allocated on a rolling basis and so early application is advised.

In 2018 we were awarded the ‘Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm’ award by LawCareers.Net and in both 2019 and 2020 we were shortlisted for ‘Best Recruiter – US Firm’.

General Open Day: Tuesday 8th December 2020

Gibson Dunn offers a General Open Day to provide an insight into life at a top international law firm. The day is packed with seminars, talks and interactive workshops, including partner panel sessions introducing you to the practice areas of the firm. It also includes an opportunity to meet our partners, associates and trainees informally over lunch and evening drinks.

Applications are welcome from law students in their penultimate year of study, students of other disciplines in their final year of study, those who have already graduated (in any discipline) and those who are already studying on their GDL or LPC course. Priority will be given to those who are considering starting a training contract with the firm in August 2023.

To apply, please click here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 29th November 2020.

First Year Insight Day: Thursday 22nd April 2021

Our First Year Insight Day is packed with informative sessions to help you understand what it is like to work in a commercial law firm, including a partner panel session, a commercial awareness workshop, a Q&A with our trainees and some invaluable tips on interviews and application forms as well as how to distinguish between different law firm cultures.

Applications are welcome from law students in their first year of undergraduate study and students of other disciplines in their first or second year of study. The First Year Insight Day is designed for those at the early stages of researching a legal career.

To apply, please click here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 11th April 2021.

Munich / Frankfurt Internship Program

Gibson Dunn’s ability to recruit top talent is crucial to its continued success. Our German offices offer internship programs for both students who are still in law school (Praktikanten) and legal clerks (Referendare) as part of their two-year mandatory legal clerkship.



Designed to facilitate a smooth transition from university to legal practice, our internship programs provide substantive training in various different areas. Our interns are actually involved in client representations, maximizing their exposure to a variety of practical aspects of lawyering.

You will be immediately involved in the highest profile legal matters in the world that the firm works on every day. We provide practical training in the skills and techniques required to make top-notch lawyers, as well as the opportunity to know Gibson Dunn, its lawyers and its staff.

Interested Applicants should send a cover letter and CV to: