Overview

Introduction

One of the most prestigious law firms, Sullivan & Cromwell subscribes to a generalist approach, allowing lawyers to work across industries and subgroups. With a strong focus on mentoring and career advising, S&C is committed to helping its lawyers pave their future paths. A BigLaw powerhouse, Sullivan & Cromwell has followed—if not created—the blueprint for legal success: It has grown internationally and in response to the increasing cross-border M&A, restructuring, and finance transactional demands...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

750 - 1K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

8

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

110


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

133 total (124 2Ls; 2 3Ls, 5 1Ls, 2 SEOs)


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No. of U.S. Offices

4

Vault Verdict

Sullivan & Cromwell wants the best of the best—the firm hires the most competitive students with top grades from a range of law schools. The firm has a formal yet friendly vibe, with an emphasis on delivering top-notch work product. Partners are approachable and generous in providing associates with significant responsibility and feedback. Associates appreciate the opportunity to take on substantive work early in their careers, including client contact. And they’re definitely not without a lifeline—first years receive a whopping three mentors. The workload is demanding, but associates appreciate that they aren’t bound by a billable requirement and also feel that there is an effort to distribute work evenly and intentionally. Reviews on the firm’s tech are mixed—many feel t...

About the Firm

 

A BigLaw powerhouse, Sullivan & Cromwell has followed—if not created—the blueprint for legal success: It has grown internationally and in response to the increasing cross-border M&A, restructuring, and finance transactional demands of the biggest corporate clients in the world.

Kind of a Big Deal

Sullivan & Cromwell has consistently steered the development of many of the world’s corporate titans over the past 130-plus years. The firm founders, Algernon Sydney Sullivan and William Nelson, advised J.P. Morgan—as in the man himself—during the creation of Edison General Electric in 1882 and later guided key players in the formation of U.S. Steel and the financing of the Panama Canal. These lucrative foreign ventures caused the firm to be one...

Associate Reviews


  • “Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is a very large firm. There is no uniform ‘culture’ socially or politically. This is a great part of working here—you can find people at the firm who you relate to. Day-to-day, the firm is somewhat formal, though that ultimately depends on the people you work closely with. In any event, people are still friendly and approachable.”
  • “Generally, everyone I work with is smart, determined, engaging and kind. There is a demanding atmosphere, where attorneys are encouraging us to work hard and to be the best we can possibly be. … There is a very sharp learning curve, but this is something I expected and something I desired (didn't want to be handheld for a long period of time). Socializing has been hard given COVID, but my co-workers do make an effort to try to stay involved in my life and check in on me.”
  • “Everyone I have worked with is friendly, professional, and committed to delivering high-quality work under pressure. Pre-COVID, the firm would host bi-monthly cocktail receptions, which were generally well attended. Some lawyers will socialize outside of work, but it’s definitely not part of the firm culture.”

Why Work Here


Listen to our conversation with the managing partner of our Litigation Group, Sharon Nelles. Milana Hogan, Chief Legal Talent Officer, interviews Sharon about why she chose S&C, the Firm's approach to associate development and mentoring, her role as head of the Litigation Group, and her advice for students as they navigate their way through the recruiting process.

Diversity at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

"S&C has a long and proud history as a diversity leader and innovator in the legal community. In seeking to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, we put at the forefront maintaining an environment where each individual is valued for their unique perspective and insight. Our longstanding Diversity Committee has the mandate of continually improving the effectiveness of Firm programs to attract, mentor, retain and assist in the advancement of our diverse and women lawyers. The Diversity Committee is comprised of lawyers..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “I think the firm cares a lot about getting the smartest associates and [is] very willing to hire from non-T14 schools to do so, which I appreciate. I think academic merit is weighted very high.”
  • “We take the most competitive candidates from the top law schools. We have training for associates on the interview process prior to the recruitment season.”
  • “Like any top law firm, S&C will heavily recruit from top 14 schools, with particular emphasis on Yale, Harvard, and Columbia. That being said, the firm will recruit top students from a variety of schools, even outside the top 14. In my experience, the screening process is very much focused on grades and journal experience. The follow-up interview is more informal and meant to get a sense of the candidate’s personality and ability to hold a conversation.”
  • “Diversity and stellar grades.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


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Perks & Benefits