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A Student’s Guide to Islamic Finance

26th April 2017

There is a common misconception that Islamic finance is an ancient creature built on archaic and rigid rules which will neither lend themselves to change nor are they likely to converge with the conventional banking practices observed in the West. Islamic finance is young. It was born out of specific historical events in the 1970s, […]

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A Law Student’s Guide to Understanding US Law Firms

25th April 2017

When I tell people I have a training contract with a US law firm, I am met with a mixture of horror and concern, excitement and intrigue, all based around rumours, misinformation, or information that would have been true 10 or so years ago. Or, if based in fact, these are facts that do not […]

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The Importance of Work Experience

6th April 2017

In this video, Paul Gascoyne, Graduate Recruitment Manager, explains the importance of gaining work experience before applying for vacation schemes or training contracts. You will understand why law firms value work experience, what skills can be developed, how you gain work experience and what counts as relevant experience. This video will cover: 1. Why Is […]

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5 minutes with future trainee, Tom Capper

31st March 2017

What University did you attend? I studied Economics at the University of Warwick. What subject are you studying? Currently, I am completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the University of Law. When do you join as a trainee? I start in August 2018. How did you hear about Shearman & Sterling? I attended […]

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5 Minutes with Future Trainee, Alex Leighton

13th March 2017

What University did you attend? I did my undergraduate at Durham University and I’m currently studying for my master’s at the University of Cambridge (Robinson College). What subject are you studying? Law (LLM). When do you join as a trainee? I’ll be joining in August 2018. How did you hear about Shearman & Sterling? I […]

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