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What Junior Associates Do

Junior associates work on cutting-edge deals and high-profile disputes from day one. It’s part of what the Firm believes training is all about—and helps define why Simpson Thacher is different.

Junior litigators help develop our cases by conducting discovery and drafting motions and briefs. In pro bono and smaller matters, they first-chair trials and hearings. Junior corporate lawyers draft and negotiate corporate agreements, as well as play critical roles in due diligence and closings of prominent transactions. From the outset, young lawyers throughout the Firm have direct, frequent contact with clients.

Our goal is to steadily increase the challenge of assignments to enable each attorney to expand his or her skill set.

To help guide associates, the firm has a series of benchmarks by practice group that generally describe what types of assignments associates may work on throughout their careers at the firm. The benchmarks are meant to serve as an illustrative, rather than definitive, guide for associate to think about their own professional development. Indeed, the type of work assigned to associates is limited only by their desire and capabilities. Mid-level and senior associates commonly handle a level of responsibility of a magnitude equal to that of partners in many other firms.

We want to encourage transparency about the skill and experience that successful associates should gain during their careers as associates in each practice group and to provide a tool for enhanced communication among associates, mentors and staffing partners. The Firm does not use benchmarks as an evaluative tool, as we recognize all associates may hit the benchmarks at different stages of their careers.

  • Banking and Credit

  • Capital Markets

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Private and Registered Funds

  • Litigation

  • Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

  • Tax

  • Real Estate

  • Personal Planning

  • Exempt Organizations