New lawyers receive immediate hands-on experience—the best training ground in the Firm—and participate in both formal and informal programs organized by each Department. The traditional classroom training begins at orientation and continues throughout the year with a series of courses taught by Simpson Thacher attorneys and outside experts. Our training managers are all former Simpson Thacher associates, adding extra and organic depth when introducing associates to our firm’s programs and culture.
New litigation associates attend an intensive series of training programs on the basics of litigation practice. These courses are organized around stages of a case, including pleadings, discovery, motions, trials and appeals. Our training focuses on the practical aspects of being a new litigator. These programs teach new litigators how to be advocates for their clients and add value to their cases.
The Firm holds more than 300 live classes a year, on topics ranging from overviews
of practice areas to detailed discussion of recent developments
Junior corporate associates also attend training programs for each rotation. These programs review the primary laws, transactions and legal documents relevant to each group’s practice, as well as the commercial goals of our clients.
Associates at all levels are encouraged to participate in the many courses and workshops we offer. Our litigation, corporate and specialty groups each regularly hold lunches where attorneys present courses to their colleagues on interesting cases and transactions, as well as relevant developments in the law. We also offer firm wide training programs throughout the year to help associates improve their communication, negotiation and management skills. Some of our most popular classes include:
Communication skills workshops, offered several times a year, which give associates the opportunity to practice public speaking and then receive feedback in a small, supportive group
A Supreme Court overview taught by a noted Constitutional Law professor
Newly-expanded finance trainings emphasizing how attorneys use financial concepts in practice
We also have an online library containing most of our training programs available for viewing by attorneys at their convenience.
“The [trainings are]
tailored to your level, so you don’t get information too early and forget it
Of course, formal “classroom-style” training is just one component of associate development. Partners at the Firm maintain an open-door policy to discuss work as well as work-life issues, at any time. This policy contributes greatly to our collegial atmosphere and encourages new associates to ask questions of more-experienced lawyers.