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Professional Development and Advancement

Our approach to cultivating the careers of female lawyers is simple yet remarkably effective. We begin by recruiting the very best of the best from the pool of talented female law school graduates.

We then provide our female lawyers with the tools they need to succeed: hands-on training, one-on-one mentoring, an extensive and formal professional development curriculum, networking opportunities, open-door policies that encourage access to partners and senior lawyers and — most importantly — varied and challenging work assignments that expose female lawyers to different partners and unique legal problems across a wide range of clients and industries.

“One of the ways in which Simpson Thacher really excels at supporting female lawyers is by carefully allocating work assignments to ensure that female lawyers gain the right breadth and depth of legal experience at every step of their careers.”
--Maripat S. Alpuche, Retired Partner

These efforts have yielded impressive results. Each year, the number of female in the Firm’s partnership and counsel ranks continues to grow. Not only are Simpson Thacher’s female lawyers advancing within the profession, but they are also making tremendous strides within the Firm’s leadership and management.


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Meeting the Gold Standard for Advancement of Our Women Lawyers

In 2020, Simpson Thacher received the Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (“WILEF”) for the ninth time. WILEF grants Gold Standard status to major U.S. law firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners.

Please click here to learn more about WILEF’s certification process.

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Simpson Thacher Again Named Among “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”

For the seventh year, Simpson Thacher received a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index. The HRC Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.