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Our company in a nutshell

To be best placed at the beginning of your legal career, you need to be in the best place. A place like Shearman & Sterling - one of the elite international law firms. Trainees have shaped our success story and played a pivotal role in the firm's growth.

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. Now it's your turn to shine.

Who we are

We are a multinational law firm headquartered in New York City, United States. Our firm's lawyers come from some 80 countries, speak more than 60 languages and practice US, English, EU, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law, as well as Dubai International Financial Centre law and Abu Dhabi Global Market law. Nearly one-half of the firm's lawyers practice outside the United States.

Shearman & Sterling has been advising many of the world's leading corporations and financial institutions, governments and governmental organisations for more than 140 years. Our firm now has approximately 850 lawyers in 20 offices around the world.

Careers with us

At Shearman & Sterling, the dedication and hard work of our UK lawyers and professional support staff are critical to our success in delivering premier legal services. We look for individuals who want a challenging, long-term career with the firm, and we are committed to providing development and training opportunities to allow them to grow and prosper.

Read more about our graduate scheme HERE.

Join us and your career will be on the up from the moment you arrive, with six career stages within your reach: Trainee, Associate, Mid-level associate, Senior associate, Counsel and Partner.

As you would expect coming into a top class firm, you will work hard, but it's not about who gets in earliest and leaves latest (far from it, in fact). As a trainee with us, you will be put through your paces and will work some long hours, but the reward is getting to work on high-profile, headline deals at a level above what your peers at other firms may be accustomed to.


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