High pressure, challenging deals environment along with great socializing opportunities, dinners with clients (even as a grad) - the team always sits down to dinner together on weeknights to share Deliveroo.
The firm has a non-hierarchical culture with a welcoming communal lunch space. I feel comfortable knocking on anyone's door and asking questions. After hours, there are lots of social events including happy hour drinks most Fridays and once a month firm drinks organised by the grads.
Everyone takes a lot of pride in working for such a high achieving global law firm, and rightfully so. White & Case recruits high quality, talented people, and this makes for a very warm and friendly culture, regardless of background or experience. The firm really makes an effort to host social events to keep everyone in the firm connected, regardless of the practice area they work in.
Everyone is very approachable and friendly, and the team works well as a cohesive unit. There is a great mix of personalities and a very driven culture - it's great to be a part of. I socialise with my work colleagues outside of work hours.
Everyone is friendlier and more understanding than one would expect at a major commercial law firm! People are generally kind and respectful to each other. More importantly, you are given a lot of freedom to be yourself, and there is little pressure to conform to a particular mold. The firm has a fairly flat hierarchy - the partners are always accessible to junior lawyers, and junior lawyers are given a great deal of responsibility. There is also a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation, particularly within each practice area.
W&C is a very social company - we have a lot of firm drinks. Everyone is really relaxed outside of work, and very accessible at work in terms of clarifying your understanding of concepts. It's a great place to learn and build up your skills as everyone is really understanding and supportive.
Great people, friendly team. Flat structure - graduates often get to work directly with partners. Lots of social events and opportunities for socialising with colleagues, open door policy and casual workplace means this occurs during office hours also. Often people eat together in the breakout space for lunch, and get drinks after work on Fridays.