Shearman And Sterling

Whether you're a second-year law student about to start your career or an attorney looking to expand your practice, the people who join us do so to practice law in a thriving, challenging environment alongside lawyers who are at the top of their fields. And our lawyers share core values of excellence, integrity, client focus, teamwork, energy, and diversity.

2L Recruiting 

The firm conducts on-campus interviews at a number of schools in the United States and Canada. Following an initial screening interview, either on campus or at the firm, we will extend invitations for callback interviews. If you're invited for a callback interview, we will provide you with detailed information on how to coordinate your visit. During your callback, youll meet with approximately six lawyers. We make every effort to provide you with a mix of interviewers from different practice areas and at different levels of seniority, including both partners and associates. If you would like to meet lawyers with particular backgrounds, experiences or profiles, please let us know.

After your callback, the firm will make a decision regarding your candidacy. The timing for extending offers may vary; however, we do our best to make decisions as quickly as possible. Throughout the process, we encourage you to maintain open lines of communication with our Recruiting Team and we, in turn, will stay in touch with you.

1L LCLD Scholars Program 

Beginning December 1, 2020 Shearman & Sterling LLP will begin accepting applications from first-year law students for our 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program.

LCLD, which was formed in May 2009, is an organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. Its mission is to significantly advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Additional information regarding LCLD can be found at:

Lateral Candidates 

We’re always interested in meeting talented lawyers at all levels. Our training programs, client roster, experience, and open culture are outstanding, as are our domestic and international practices, and our level of international integration. Premier U.S.-trained lawyers are in demand across our offices. We also recruit locally trained lawyers in various locations.

To apply, simply send a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to

Please note we do not accept judicial clerk resumes from search firms.

Judicial Clerks 

We highly value the insight and experience gained from a judicial clerkship and have a keen interest in recruiting current judicial clerks who wish to pursue a career with us. Lawyers who join us after completing a one-year U.S. federal district or appellate court clerkship, highest state court clerkship, or Canadian appellate clerkship receive a bonus of $50,000. Those associates who complete an eligible clerkship of two years or two one-year clerkships will receive a total bonus of $70,000. Bonuses for any other type of clerkship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. U.S. Supreme Court clerks receive an additional competitive bonus.

To apply for an associate position while clerking, please send a cover letter, resume and transcript to

Please note we do not accept judicial clerk resumes from search firms.

Recruiting Contacts 

If you are a law school student interested in applying for a U.S. track summer associate or entry-level position in any of our offices, please contact:

Trevor Mathews
Manager, Legal Recruiting
599 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

If you are a lateral candidate or a judicial clerk interested in applying for an associate position, please send your cover letter, resume and transcript to

Shearman & Sterling LLP is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race or color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.