Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Impressive client list."
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...

"Commercial awareness is critical. Applicants should try and learn as much as possible..."

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

"Lots of training, but some of it can be irrelevant or not applicable to what you..."

"Sometimes, personal feedback can be limited during busy transactional periods."

"Improvements are needed on the air conditioning system. Some offices can be comfortable,..."

"Hours are not very flexible - when there's work (which there always is) it can be..."

"Base pay is above average for London law firms, and roughly average for an American..."

"Free dinner after 8:00pm, taxi after 9:00pm, relocation days if going abroad, good..."

"The firm has, understandably, exacting standards for applicants. The training contract..."

"The interview was very much tailored to my CV/application and I was asked to discuss..."

"Not a huge focus, but recycling is encouraged (including battery recycling boxes)..."

"Enhanced maternity policy. People from widely diverse backgrounds are hired and made..."

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

"Very extensive client interaction within two of the four seats, and some client interaction..."

"We are involved in several pro bono and community initiatives. I help with various..."

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

"The unpredictability of hours in certain teams."

"I felt through the interview process that they were genuinely trying to get to know..."

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

"Yale University was almost renamed ‘Sterling University’ following a bequest..."

"A great international firm where you receive excellent training."

"The firm has hosted a number of students from less privileged backgrounds through..."

"Lots of responsibility = stressful! And unpredictability is in itself stressful."

"Increased transparency in the review process."

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