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...
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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...
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...
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.