Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, collegiate atmosphere."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.3 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"My advice would be to apply for a vacation scheme. The interviews are relatively..."

"There is no sense of 'face-time' and people are very flexible when they can be. Colleagues..."

"The firm tries really hard to provide us with good, all-round training and we are..."

"I have had good feedback so far; everyone is willing to give feedback if you ask..."

"The offices themselves are very nice but a bit out of the way - only Pret and two..."

"When work is urgent there is obviously very little the firm can do in terms of flexibility,..."

"Pay is excellent. Bonuses for trainees are the same for everyone (higher bonus in..."

"The internal Documentation Centre service (which progresses documents in the evenings..."

"Questions weren't too difficult, was asked about my motivations."

"Why law/Shearman & Sterling, etc. Tell us about recent deals the firm has been involved..."

"We rely on video conferences and calls rather than physically travelling to another..."

"I don't think it is the most diverse firm, but we have a number of female partners..."

"Relatively easy to move up the ranks. Meritocratic."

"I have done a lot of drafting and research and run smaller parts of transactions...."

"The firm offers a number of ongoing pro bono programmes. I am involved with two -..."

"Working with nice people who take the time to teach and answer questions, and who..."

"Work/life balance is difficult."

"The type of deals we do, the truly global presence and our reputation."

"Retention rates seem to be fairly high and I think the firm focuses on developing..."

"One of the partners in the London office is also a DJ."

"Collegiate and hard working."

"The firm works with Rare, a charity which teaches applicants about the application..."

"My first seat has been really enjoyable - the work has been interesting and the hours..."

"Be able to use my out of office."

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