Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Supportive, efficient and professional."
  • The office has a very collegiate atmosphere and a culture of collaboration.
  • A relatively small trainee intake allows for a lot of individual focus and access to high quality work.
  • There are lots of training sessions on offer to help trainees develop their skills.
  • The buddy system allows trainees to learn from senior colleagues in an informal setting.
  • The allocation of work can be somewhat unpredictable.
  • Expectations of long hours mean it can make maintaining a decent work/life balance difficult.
  • There could be more opportunities for trainees to go on secondment.
  • At present the seat allocation process is not very transparent.
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.3 / 10
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Pro Bono
8.3 / 10

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