We want to help new associates seek out advice and guidance in making the transition from law school to law practice. Along with department-specific training, the Firm provides a network of dedicated mentors, across different levels of seniority, to help associates with integration, growth and development.
No matter their practice group or office, incoming associates are assigned partner and associate mentors, and many give direct input on the mentoring match. In addition, incoming associates in Corporate in New York, together with their mentors, are encouraged to participate in small-group mentoring activities. All mentors and mentees are encouraged to work together and meet periodically in social settings over the course of the associates' first year.
Incoming associates also develop an informal network of relationships through direct work with partners and more senior associates on various assignments, because mentoring does not end after law-school graduation. In fact, some of the most critical mentoring takes place as associates become more senior and even after an associate becomes a partner. Lawyers at all levels participate in mentoring efforts at Simpson Thacher.