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The Global Firm

Shearman & Sterling is one of a select few firms with a truly international practice, one in which global teams work together on cross-border matters. Our lawyers often find themselves in Hong Kong, London and other major cities around the world, closing a multi-national merger or collaborating on an international restructuring. Shearman & Sterling was one of the first firms to internationalize. Our long multi-jurisdictional history and experience set our firm - and our lawyers - apart. We are committed to providing this experience to our lawyers throughout their careers with the firm.

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Expertise and Teamwork

Shearman & Sterling's global practice is built on long-recognized legal expertise in a diverse and dynamic environment. Our success comes from the skills, versatility, and commitment of the lawyers who practice here. We seek outstanding individuals and offer them a professional environment that is supportive, challenging and demanding, where they can become leaders in their practice areas. Shearman & Sterling lawyers are eminent in fields including M&A, securities, litigation, banking, international arbitration, project development, antitrust, bankruptcy and tax. Our clients value our multidisciplinary team approach and our lawyers work together - across offices, practices and legal jurisdictions - to achieve exceptional results.

Career Initiatives, Top Pay and Great Benefits

Shearman & Sterling's associates are offered world-class training, external career development, office transfers and flexible career paths. Associate compensation is competitive with other leading firms. In addition, associates are eligible for vacation, insurance, 401(k) and maternity/paternity benefits, as well as relocation and bar review reimbursements.

Whether you are a second year law student, a practicing attorney, a legal assistant or a support professional, choosing the right law firm takes focus. See yourself at Shearman & Sterling? Read more about the Professional Support that sets us apart.

Training and Career Development

The firm has one of the most extensive continuing education programs of any law firm, with more than 500 programs scheduled this year. Developed by a professional educator and taught by professors from law and business schools around the country, as well as Shearman & Sterling lawyers, the program covers a wide range of topics from corporate finance to ethics. Because we place a strong emphasis on professional growth, our partners and senior associates also provide ongoing career support, advice and guidance to new attorneys.


Shearman & Sterling was a leader among international law firms in establishing a Diversity Committee composed of partners and associates to promote and maintain an inclusive culture in which everyone in the firm is valued. The firm is deeply committed to hiring, retaining and promoting associates of differing races, cultures, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, language and experiences. The effect of the firm's commitment is reflected in our consistently high ranking in The Minority Law Journal's annual Diversity Scorecard.

The firm is also proud to have been ranked among the Top 25 Best Law Firms for Diversity in the 2013 Vault Law Rankings.

Click the following link to find out about diversity initiatives at the firm, where diversity is not simply a philosophy; it is about who we are and how we do business, both with our clients and with each other.