A first-year associate’s career at the Firm begins with STBReady
, a formal orientation program, at the end of which the associate will be ready to hit the ground running with his or her first assignments. Over the course of eight days, the associate will be immersed in an intensive series of workshops and presentations. Some programs are general introductions to life at Simpson Thacher, while others focus on financial and business literacy and the fundamental skills as well as substantive topics relevant to our specific practice areas.
Associates will learn Firm practice from highly experienced partners and associates, complemented by presentations and workshops led by outside faculty from Columbia Business School.
The entire class is brought together throughout STBReady for programs that range from the global (“The Business of the Firm”) to the granular (“Using Email: A Common Sense Approach”), from the applied (“Communication Skills”) to the analytical (the “Introduction to Financial Statements”). There are also many opportunities for new associates to meet colleagues from other Simpson Thacher offices and departments, including social outings in the evening.
The first-year class is also divided into Corporate and Litigation for a number of intensive introductory practice-specific training programs. Associates from Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, Personal Planning, Real Estate and Tax attend a combination of sessions from both groups.
Litigation associates attend orientation programs introducing them to the life cycles of litigation, investigation and deal advisory matters, demonstrating how junior associates contribute at each stage, and teaching them practical skills through hands-on exercises. New corporate associates will have the opportunity to do rotations in the department’s practice groups and participate in an orientation program designed for their first rotation—Banking and Credit, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, or Private Funds. These initial programs give associates an overview of what attorneys do in each group and provide the first building blocks for their formal training at the Firm.