Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shearman & Sterling LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Great atmosphere, cutting edge deals."
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...

"Read around the deals the firm has worked on and the type of work they do."

"Great culture - 'open-door' policy throughout the firm, and very much a team-work..."

"Frequent training both on technical legal skills/updates and broader training e.g...."

"Associates are great mentors and are very willing to teach. Partners are generally..."

"Offices are modern, new, clean however have had some problems with air conditioning...."

"Some nights can be very long, but in comparison to other firms of the same calibre..."

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

"I got to travel to Brussels for a department retreat which was great fun. Often when..."

"Much more CV-specific than some interviews - really picked up on what I had done/said..."

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

"In my experience, people print out lots."

"There is a diversity committee and the firm runs diversity training."

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

"Excellent levels of client interaction, including taking a client conference call..."

"I currently participate in the reading partners scheme (helping young students learn..."

"Small trainee intake means that you are very much part of the team and the more responsibility..."

"Balancing a demanding work environment and schedule with personal time is quite tricky...."

"Reading about the friendly culture of the firm was a big bonus, and seeing this first-hand..."

"Generally the firm offers all its trainees a place as an NQ. Those trainees that..."

"The firm helped in the negotiation of the release of hostages in the Iranian hostage..."

"High-achieving, hard working, collegiate."

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

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

"More regular hours."

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