A first-year associate’s career at Simpson Thacher begins by attending STBReady
, an eight day orientation program in the New York office that is designed to help prepare new associates to meaningfully contribute to their matters from day one and form the foundation of knowledge and context on which new associates will base their professional development. Using actual transactions and disputes as case studies, STBReady provides first year-associates with:
- Business and financial literacy training led by Columbia Business School faculty and supplemented by Simpson Thacher partners, to demonstrate how business and financial contexts impact the Firm's legal practice, advice, and decisions
- Experiential practice-specific sessions led by Simpson Thacher partners and associates, designed to help associates understand the broader context for, and practice, the tasks that will be required of them on their matters through hands on exercises, mock assignments and real-time feedback. Litigation associates attend workshops introducing them to the life cycles of litigation, investigation and deal advisory matters, demonstrating how junior associates contribute at each stage. Corporate associates participate in workshops for their initial practice groups. These workshops provide an overview of the practice group and teach practical skills needed for the practice group (e.g. performing a form check for Capital Markets, due diligence for M&A, reviewing subscription agreements for Funds).
- Industry-specific knowledge sessions led by Firm partners and key business partners of the Firm, designed to introduce associates to industry-specif issues, deal structures, financing techniques and other matters face by our clients
- Session focused on teamwork, efficiency, knowledge sharing and technology
These trainings range range from the global (e.g. sessions on the business of the firm and key client industries) to the granular (e.g. email and knowledge management systems trainings), from the applied (e.g. communication and management skills workshops) to the analytical (e.g. programs on financial statements and valuation). There are also many informal opportunities for new associates to get to know their colleagues throughout the orientation, whether over ice cream sundaes during an afternoon break or over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at the end of the day.