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Our Survey Says


If you want to work at Sullivan & Cromwell, you need to beat out the competition with stellar grades, high intelligence, and passion. During the interview process, candidates are asked informal questions so the firm can get to know them and why they want to work at Sullivan & Cromwell. Once hired, associates receive a lot of feedback and training, but report that mentorship can be spotty unless the associate seeks out the relationship. The vast majority of assignments are substantive and meaningful, with senior attorneys providing guidance along the way. The firm also utilizes a staffing coordinator who takes into account the associate’s preferred area of interest when assigning matters. A culture of respect exists between partners and associates, and associates feel that partners are genuinely invested in teaching and providing frequent feedback. Socialization and respect are key components of day-to-day life at Sullivan & Cromwell, with lawyers enjoying firm-sponsored happy hours or lunch together in the cafeteria without any pressure to attend. Associates appreciate that the firm doesn’t have a billable hour requirement and pays market salary and bonuses. Sullivan & Cromwell provides many perks, including supporting associates who want to work remotely. The firm provides associates with all the technology they need to outfit a remote office. Wellness initiatives include exercise and nutritional support, a free gym with laundry service, and onsite meditation. The path to partnership is not transparent, but associates feel that their prospects outside the firm are plentiful with help from the firm’s career office and the alumni network. Sullivan & Cromwell is committed to diversity and pro bono, and associates feel genuinely supported by the firm.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 558-4000

Firm Stats

Co-Chair: Robert J. Giuffra, Scott D. Miller
Senior Chair: H. Rodgin Cohen, Joseph C. Shenker
Hiring Partner: Sergio J. Galvis, Inosi M. Nyatta
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $8,958.34 semi-monthly

Employment Contact

Rebecca P. Calman
Director – Legal Talent Office – Recruiting & Training
(212) 558-4036

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 9

Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY (HQ)
Palo Alto, CA
Washington, DC |
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance & Lending
Commercial Real Estate
Commodities, Futures & Derivatives
Criminal Defense & Investigations
Estates & Personal
Executive Compensation & Benefits
FCPA & Anti-Corruption
Financial Services
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Project Development & Finance
Securities Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.