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Shearman & Sterling Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
The work of Shearman & Sterling started on Wall Street and spread worldwide. Long known for representing major US financial institutions, today Shearman & Sterling has over 900 lawyers across 23 offices, not only in North America but also ... Read more

Mission: We are committed to forging long-term relationships with our clients, providing them with genuine insight and practical advice, and supporting them as they navigate the challenges of our 21st century global economy.

Shearman & Sterling – Why Work With Us?

Our success is built on our clients’ success. We have a long and distinguished history of supporting our clients wherever they do business, from major financial centers to emerging and growth markets. We represent many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of our clients' businesses and the industries they operate in, our work is driven by their need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.

We have over 850 lawyers around the world speaking more than 60 languages and practicing U.S., English, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law. Nearly half of our lawyers practice outside the United States. Combining legal knowledge with industry expertise, our lawyers provide commercial advice that helps clients achieve their ambitions.

A World of Opportunity Awaits You

Welcome to Shearman & Sterling. Our core values of excellence, integrity, client focus, teamwork, energy and diversity are present in everything we do.


You may find yourself working in New York, Hong Kong or London, helping to close a cross-border merger or collaborating on an international restructuring. We believe there are few places where a lawyer or professional can gain such rich experience across practices, industries and continents.


Our global practice is built on a tradition of exceptional knowledge in a diverse and dynamic environment. We owe our success to the skills, versatility and commitment of our people. Because we place a strong emphasis on professional growth, new members of the firm receive ongoing opportunities for career support, advice and guidance.

At Shearman & Sterling, we are committed to attracting, retaining and advancing a diverse population of top lawyers and professionals. We understand the importance of embracing cultural and personal differences in order to work successfully in today’s global marketplace. We encourage our lawyers and business services professionals to bring their diverse backgrounds – of different cultures, ethnicities, orientations and beliefs – to Shearman & Sterling and to leverage their unique viewpoints to help tackle the most sophisticated legal matters.

We believe that by providing opportunities for every individual to thrive, we create an environment at Shearman & Sterling where people feel valued, engaged and eager to contribute to the success of our business. As we work to recognize, foster and develop talent at all levels, we enhance the firm and create the strongest possible global platform.

To this end, Shearman & Sterling has a long-standing Diversity & Inclusion Committee which designs and implements initiatives to promote awareness and encourage open dialogue on matters of diversity and inclusion. For more than 20 years, the Committee has been supporting diversity projects and professional events, both internally, as well as in the broader legal community.

Within the firm, diversity and inclusion programming is woven into our professional development curriculum at all levels. It is included in the curriculum for first-year and summer associates, in global associate leadership conferences, as well as in the annual new partner orientations. In addition, our six associate-led inclusion networks help to foster a sense of community and build awareness through firm-sponsored programs that serve to educate and inform.

In the legal community, Shearman & Sterling is an active sponsor of organizations and programming that promote the inclusion, advancement and professional development of historically under-represented groups. As such, the firm collaborates with clients, nonprofit organizations, bar associations, community groups and pipeline programs that share our commitment to helping people of all backgrounds achieve academic and professional excellence. Additionally, through our pro bono work, the firm partners with a variety of organizations that advocate on behalf of underserved communities of color and other vulnerable groups.

Shearman & Sterling stands at the forefront of international pro bono law. We strongly encourage lawyers to devote time to the wide range of pro bono matters available at the firm. We are especially proud of our unique partnership with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as well as other programs large and small around the world.

Shearman & Sterling Reviews

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    Former Employee - Attornye

    I worked at Shearman & Sterling full-time (More than a year)


    very smart colleagues; interesting work


    I have no issues with the firm.

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Shearman & Sterling Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Shearman & Sterling.


    30 minute interview, fairly straightforward. One Business Analyst and one Legal Assistant - they were very friendly and interested in what I had to say. Asked me about my resume and skills needed for the position.

    Interview Questions

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Shearman & Sterling Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010

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