One of the most elite corporate law firms, Simpson Thacher is a dream firm for anyone pursuing a career in transactional law. The firm boasts a supportive environment that highly values training—including through its robust training program STB Ready—and mentoring, which is fostered from those at the top.
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When associates use the word “collegial” to describe Simpson Thacher, they really mean it—in the best possible way. Simpson might be at the top of the prestige rankings, but the firm’s culture is down to earth. Associates describe relationships within the firm as both friendly and professional, with deep respect between partners, associates and staff. Associates become part of the team from day one, whether out of law school or laterals, and quickly take on high-level, substantive work. The hours are fairly standard for BigLaw (i.e., long), but associates appreciate the lack of a billable hours requirement and enjoy flexibility when it comes to managing their workload. The firm has a deep commitment to pro bono work, with multiple pro bono coordinators reg...
A Wall Street institution, Simpson Thacher houses elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets, private equity, and litigation. With more than 1,000 lawyers across 10 global offices, Simpson Thacher has long held its spot among the most elite law firms in the world.
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In 1884, three Columbia Law grads—John Woodruff Simpson, Thomas Thacher, and William Milo Barnum—hung a shingle in lower Manhattan. It didn’t take them long to leave their mark in the history books, jumping right into the railroad reorganizations of the 1880s and having a hand in some of the most important deals relating to U.S. infrastructure—for example, advising none other than General Electric as it set up power and light companies, setting up the American Locomotive Company, and structuring the A...
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