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We help exceptional students become exceptional lawyers.

At Simpson Thacher, we hire the very best and brightest and teach you to deliver outstanding legal services at every stage of your career. We have a proud tradition of mentorship, where each generation of lawyers guides the next, shaping and training the future leaders of the Firm.  We follow a generalist approach to your professional development and train our lawyers to be nimble legal professionals. As part of this process, along with hands-on mentoring, the Firm holds more than 300 live classes a year that run the gamut from generalized, practice-area overviews to sophisticated discussions of cutting-edge legal developments. Our goal is to help you attain a broad base of knowledge while developing essential skills that are transferable to a wide range of legal work.


Our clients’ businesses move quickly, and so do we.

From the moment you arrive at the Firm, you will have opportunities to work on headline disputes and transactions, side-by-side with associates and partners who are invested in your success and growth. Your immediate exposure to complex and sophisticated work, along with our in-depth guidance and training, creates a platform for you to become a valuable team member very early in your career. The types of projects and responsibilities you work on are driven by your abilities and aspirations. Given this, our mid-level and senior associates commonly handle a level of responsibility and direct client contact equal to that of partners in many other firms.

One of the key elements of your training – and what makes Simpson Thacher stand out from other firms – is our highly collaborative teamwork. Client teams are structured across departments and offices, and our deep bench of talent enables us to solve the most complex legal problems in any area of the law, in any part of the world. 


We are fully invested in your success.

We continually look for ways to help you take on sophisticated legal work early in your career.  In partnership with Columbia Business School, Simpson Thacher recently implemented STBReady, a Firm-wide immersive training program for all first-year associates. Our intense, multi-day training program exposes junior associates to a wide variety of practices and issues, as well as practice-specific content, to prepare them to excel in an ever-evolving legal field. 

Using actual transactions and disputes as case studies, STBReady provides you with:

  • Business and financial literacy training, led by Columbia Business School faculty and Simpson Thacher partners;
  • Deep industry-specific knowledge sessions led by Simpson Thacher partners and key clients of the Firm;
  • Experiential practice-specific sessions; and
  • Sessions focused on teamwork, efficiency, knowledge-sharing, technology utilization and other Simpson Thacher core values.

To further guide associates, the Firm has established a series of benchmarks by practice group describing the types of assignments that you should expect to work on throughout your career at the Firm.

Learn more here.