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About Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling is one of the global elite of law firms. You’ll be working on headline-making deals for some of the world’s leading organisations. In the UK we recruit a select few individuals who have an appetite for responsibility, thrive in a team and have the desire to perform at the highest level of corporate law.

Main areas of work

In London, we represent major UK and international companies and financial institutions. Our lawyers are acknowledged as market leaders in antitrust, asset management, banking and leveraged finance, capital markets, executive compensation and employee benefits, financial services, international arbitration, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, property and tax.

Training Contracts

During the two-year training contract, trainees have four seat rotations, with six months spent in each seat. At least two of these seats will be completed in our core practice areas:

  • M&A
  • Finance
  • Project Development & Finance

The remaining two seats will be allocated on trainee preference and business need, so you get to really consider which areas you may like to get exposure to. The global nature of the firm also allows for one of the four rotations to be completed overseas, in offices such as New York, Abu Dhabi, Singapore or Brussels.

Trainees benefit from a trained supervisor and a mentor throughout their training contract and law school.  There are also a variety of sports teams, committees, societies and socials to ensure the office is a cohesive and friendly place to work.

Vacation schemes

We run four vacation schemes throughout the year to offer you an insight into life at Shearman & Sterling. Up to 40 participants will have the opportunity to spend two weeks with the Firm, getting to grips with the work a trainee may be exposed to, as well as seeing the social side of the Firm.

It’s a great way to experience life at Shearman & Sterling plus many of those on the schemes go on to successfully gain a place on our training contract as you will be assessed on the scheme.

Other Opportunities:

We have a range of other events and opportunities throughout the year, both on campus and at our offices.  These include law fairs, presentations, employability workshops, mock interviews, open days and our annual Women in Law conference.  We also provide a range of online webinars for those who don’t get the chance to meet us in person.

Keep an eye on our website for upcoming events: and follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information:

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The facts

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Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
approx. 17

The UK 300 rank

237 out of 300

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