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Besides meeting them once during an organized orientation event, I have yet to hear back from them.” • “Formal mentoring programs exist, but could be taken more seriously.” • “The firm and department are pretty good at holding CLEs and the ones that our department holds are generally helpful and relevant to what we do in practice. Every partner has a different style but most that I have worked with are happy to take time to explain things and answer questions. While we avoid billing clients for unnecessary work (such as having people on conference calls when they don’t need to be) whenever possible we do encourage junior associates to listen in and I would say that our junior associates move up in terms of level of work very quickly.” Career Outlook • “Counsel opportunities are available, and there may be opportunities to transfer in-house with clients. Partnership seems extremely difficult to achieve without bringing in business, and the newly created non-equity partner tier cements that impression.” • “There are not really non-partner roles to which senior asso- ciates can transition in litigation at S&S. However, there are strong opportunities outside the firm in the government, at non-profits, and at other firms.” • “Promotion to partner is realistic if you’re a potential future rainmaker or if you’re an excellent lawyer. Senior associates may transition to a counsel role, which is not necessarily a dead-end at Shearman, as counsel can be promoted to partner. The firm assists in finding in-house roles for exiting associates.” • “Partnership is opaque but the firm has made a recent effort to encourage mid-level associates to be more communicative about their career goals and the firm has shown a willingness to help associates meet such goals, be in help with obtaining in-house positions or help on the counsel or partner track.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The pro bono projects are numerous and diverse in nature. Associates are encouraged to propose new projects. Pro bono is clearly a very important element of working at Shearman.” • “The pro bono department is tireless in issuing new oppor- tunities, including the quick response to the immigration executive orders and staffing at JFK. However, pro bono seems to be one more thing on top of all the other assignments, and there does not seem to be much flexibility in terms of making time to do pro bono when there are billables.” • “We have dedicated pro bono teams in our offices. In the U.S., fee earners will not get their bonus unless they perform at least 25 hours of pro bono a year. I’ve been involved in many pro bono projects and cases (e.g., advising charities in disputes with local authorities).” • “Shearman has an exceptional commitment to pro bono and a consistent stream of interesting and diverse projects.
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