Mentoring is one of the many valued associate development initiatives at Shearman & Sterling. Rather than having one overarching program, we have several mentorship programs to meet the changing needs of lawyers as they grow and develop during their careers at the firm.
Summer Associate Advisor Program
Each summer associate is assigned a senior advisor and a junior advisor for each of their practice group (or office) rotations during the summer. An attempt is made to match the summer associates with advisors based on compatibilities in a variety of areas, such as schools attended, hobbies and interests. The main objective of this mentoring program is to help the summer associates integrate into the firm.
First Year Advisor Program
Entry-level associates are assigned a partner advisor and one or more associate advisors based on their practice group assignment. New associates are matched to their advisors based on particular practice area interests, special requests and similar professional interests. The main objective of the program is to provide career development and guidance to entry-level associates.
Lateral/Transfer Advisor Program
Each junior lateral hire and transferring associate is assigned a partner advisor and an associate advisor based on their practice group assignment. Participants are matched to advisors based on practice area interests, special requests and similar professional interests. The main objective of the program is to help integrate laterals and transfers into the firm.
Associate Mentoring Initiative
The Associate Mentoring Initiative facilitates ongoing mentoring among our lawyers in North America. It is unlike any other mentoring program at the firm in that it provides personalized matching to enhance the effectiveness of mentoring relationships.
Mentors and mentees are matched based on participants' responses to an annual questionnaire. The questionnaire allows participants to disclose interests and affiliations, along with other criteria and preferences that aid in appropriately matching mentors with mentees. Mentors and mentees may request new matches and provide feedback about the program in connection with annual renewals of program participation.anna