Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Inclusive, great training environment, 'open-door'."
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..."

"The firm is very social and everyone knows everyone. It is not hugely hierarchical:..."

"There is an extensive training programme here covering formal legal skills like drafting..."

"My first supervisor was fantastic in terms of teaching me a lot, giving me feedback..."

"Dress code is much more casual - work in what you're comfortable with as long as..."

"I spend far too much time in the office - I billed over 2500 hours last year."

"Pay is good, although on the lower end of American firms."

"Deal celebration dinners are frequent and the partners are generally extremely good..."

"Interview questions were both personal and commercial - I felt like the interview..."

"Questions included: Why this firm? And what interests you about the work? I was also..."

"There are no major programmes to improve the firm's impact on the environment as..."

"There are many such initiatives for anybody who wants to get involved in, often driven..."

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

"Inevitable document checks and amending. However, some meaty research questions provided..."

"Massively encouraged to work on pro bono as a trainee - there are three main causes..."

"Good salary, generally nice people, good work for trainees."

"The high level of work can require a correspondingly high level of commitment in..."

"Few, high quality trainees and high partner contact. Collaborative atmosphere."

"Generally the people that are not retained at the firm choose to go elsewhere because,..."

"The firm has amazing cookies that are baked on the premises."

"Supportive, friendly, pioneering."

"Lots of activities with local schools and various other organisations."

"Beyond stressful! Can't remember the last day off I had (including weekends and ..."

"Be able to use my out of office."

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