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Training Contract Applications [in 2021]: The Definitive Guide

4th January 2021

It’s 2021. Why not make this the year you secure a training contract. For followers of Shearman & Sterling, you know that we like to produce helpful and informative application advice and this year will be no exception. Ahead of our 17th January vacation scheme deadline, we have created a list of all the information […]

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6 Financial and business films to help your commercial awareness

26th November 2020

Everyone knows that applying to law firms can be a challenging, time-consuming process. For many students, it can often feel that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything. Additionally, staying on top of your commercial awareness, whilst prioritising assignments, can be a daunting prospect. Nonetheless, it is essential to ensure that […]

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Four Online Sources To Make A Good Training Contract Application Great

14th September 2020

Applying to law firms can be a competitive process. After all, there are thousands of promising candidates out there. Further, many of these individuals will possess exceptional grades, hold impressive positions of responsibility within their university and will have undertaken inspiring extra-curricular feats. Elsewhere, the student may have attended multiple Shearman & Sterling (‘Shearman’) events. […]

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96 resources to help understand the Black Lives Matter movement

15th June 2020

Race and Ethnicity We are grateful that our BLAQUE (Black Lawyers Aligned in the Quest for Excellence) network along with our Sterling Pride network developed this excellent resource toolkit. We understand that it can be difficult to know how you can help or what you can do to combat what is a systemic issue. Educating […]

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99 Training Contract Interview Tips

17th March 2020

If you want a training contract you are going to have to do at least one interview. For many candidates, interviews are the hardest part of the training contract application process. At Shearman & Sterling, we find that some candidates deal with interviews exceptionally well, while others do not. To help all those people who […]

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5 Minutes With… Alicia Loh, Trainee, Shearman & Sterling

14th January 2020

Q. Which seat of your training contract are you in and which department do you sit in? I’m in my first seat and sitting in Finance. Q. What is a typical trainee task in your department? Creating and updating conditions precedent (CP) checklists! Another typical trainee task is compiling finance and corporate documents. Q. Do […]

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5 minutes with…Gordon Houseman, Senior Associate

10th January 2020

Q. When did you join Shearman & Sterling? I first joined Shearman & Sterling in 2012. I spent half of the summer as an M&A associate in New York and the other half of the summer doing leveraged finance transactions in London. I joined full-time in 2013. Q. What’s the first thing you do when […]

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Top 10 blogs of 2019

30th December 2019

Throughout 2019 we have published a number of blogs and videos. These have been created to help you with your training contract applications and to help you understand the legal sector. Here is a list of our 10 most popular blogs of 2019: 1. STUDYING HISTORY? YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A CAREER IN LAW With so […]

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An Insight into Trainee Life with Holly Smith

27th November 2019

Q. Which seat of your training contract are you in and which department do you sit in? I am in my first seat and I sit in the Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group. Q. What is a typical trainee task in your department? There are numerous tasks so far, but a typical one […]

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A Student’s Guide to Bank Finance

12th November 2019

1. Overview of Finance Group London The Finance Group in London specialises in debt finance transactions. Debt finance is where companies borrow money from banks to use for a range of corporate purposes, including: To raise funds in order to take-over another company; To acquire certain assets, for example factories or aircraft; To re-finance existing […]

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5 minutes with Sam Ogunlaja

16th October 2019

Q. When did you join Shearman & Sterling? I joined the firm as a trainee in September 2011. Q. What university did you attend and what degree did you study? I studied law at King’s College London. Although I am from London, studying in the heart of London gave me an entirely different perspective on […]

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A Student’s Guide to Antitrust (Competition) Law

30th August 2019

1. What is Antitrust? Antitrust is the set of rules and regulations that governments use to maintain and promote competition in the market. This includes rules against price-fixing between competitors, competitor companies merging to become monopolies, “dominant” companies (such as Google or Amazon) abusing their market power, and even rules against European Member States giving […]

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A Student’s Guide to Project Development & Finance

8th August 2019

I. OVERVIEW OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE Project development & finance (PDF) involves the development and long-term financing of infrastructure and industrial projects. There are several differences between project financing and regular financing which can, broadly speaking, be broken down in the following heads: (a) Timescale: compared to the fast turnaround of most regular financings […]

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5 Minutes with Future Trainee, James Elliot

5th August 2019

What University did you attend? I studied my undergraduate at the University of Oxford, then the GDL at BPP University. What subject are you studying? History as an undergraduate, and now the GDL. When do you join as a trainee? August 2020. How did you hear about Shearman & Sterling? I think initially through useful […]

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A Trainee Secondment to New York – what to expect

30th July 2019

When researching training contracts, Shearman & Sterling stood out for me due to the impressive selection of international secondments available to trainees. An international secondment provides a unique opportunity to experience living and working in another country for six months. The firm organises your flights, accommodation and even provides a salary uplift during your secondment […]

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A Student’s Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions

24th July 2019

If you complete a training contract at a city law firm, there is a strong chance you could spend some time in the mergers & acquisitions (M&A) department. M&A work is a popular choice for trainees and many solicitors working at commercial law firms will specialise in M&A work. In this blog, we’ll give you […]

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Studying economics? A career in law might be for you.

19th July 2019

When I started studying Economics at university, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon and joined the rest of my classmates pursuing careers in financial services. Only in my final year did I realise the plethora of skills that make Economics students attractive in the legal industry. In fact, at Shearman & Sterling, economics is one […]

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