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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

8 vacancies
10 trainees
16 partners
140 staff

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients around the world.

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By recruiting the very best law and non-law students and graduates to train as solicitors with a view to continuing their careers with us, Sullivan & Cromwell (S&C) aims to continue the organic growth of its London office and its English and EU law practices. We see our trainees as the future associates and partners of the firm.

To apply for a training contract starting in 2026, please apply online:

We will be accepting applications for our 2026 trainee intake from 1 May 2024 through 12 July 2024.

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How to apply

Applications to

Ms Kirsten Davies

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview

S&C is a global law firm providing comprehensive and integrated legal services worldwide. The professional quality of S&C’s lawyers and work is illustrated by both our repeated selection by some of the world’s most prestigious clients for their most critical and complex legal matters, and by our regular top rankings in independent surveys.

With more than 850 lawyers across an international network of 13 offices on four continents, S&C has maintained an international reach by developing offices to serve client needs and staffing them primarily with lawyers who have been with S&C for their entire careers.

The London office is S&C’s largest office except for its New York City headquarters. There are approximately 90 lawyers and trainees working in the office across a number of practice areas, including M&A and private equity, capital markets, finance and restructuring, project development and finance, competition law and tax. S&C London is unique in the scale, complexity and significance of the work carried out in an office of its size.

S&C offers a two-week summer vacation scheme primarily aimed at penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students. Remuneration £750 per week.

To apply for a summer placement during 2024, please apply online:

We will be accepting applications online for our 2024 summer vacation scheme from 1 November 2023 through 12 January 2024.

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We seek trainees who have an excellent prior academic record along with strong academic credentials (minimum 2:1). Most important, however, are your values. You should possess genuine intellectual curiosity, integrity, strong interpersonal skills, commercial awareness and an ambition to succeed at one of the world’s leading law firms.

We expect most of our applicants to be penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students. Graduates and post-graduates are also eligible.

We will offer our trainees the opportunity to do superior work, meet exceptional people and grow in a supportive culture. We aim to distinguish our trainee programme by offering genuine mentoring from partners and other senior lawyers who will take a keen interest in your career development.

Training contracts with S&C are divided into at least four seats – two six-month seats during your first year of training and we will consider three four-month seats during your second year of training. You will be supervised in each seat by a partner who is a leader in his or her field, along with other senior lawyers. They will provide the guidance you need to help you make the transition from academic study to legal practice.

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In addition to offering the most attractive trainee salary and benefits package of any major law firm in London, we will cover PGDL/LPC/SQE fees for prospective trainees who accept our offer of a training contract. We will also pay a maintenance grant, currently £20,000 per annum.

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Capital markets
  • Finance & restructuring
  • Project finance
  • Competition
  • Tax
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

1 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AN
Phone: 020 7959 8900
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 12
Minimum qualification: Minimum 2:1
Start salary: £60,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £702,400,000 (2012)
Training programme applications: 400 (2019)
Retention rate: 100% (2016)
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Hong Kong
  • Melbourne
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Sydney
  • Washington DC
  • London
  • A4ID
  • Horizon Legal Advice Clinic
  • City Solicitors' Educational Trust
  • City Solicitors Horizons
  • Lawyers in Schools
  • SEO London