CEO: Joseph Shenker (Chairman)
Headquarters: New York, New York

Increasing Pipeline of Diverse Law Students

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is focused on increasing the pipeline of diverse students seeking careers in the legal profession. The firm works with disadvantaged students at various stages of their academic studies to encourage them to consider a career in the legal profession.

Its London office dedicates resources to comprehensive outreach activities with underrepresented communities. For the past six years, it has worked with Lawyers in Schools, which organizes citizenship training programs to increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the law. Its lawyers participate in activities at schools and host participating students at the firm introducing them to legal careers.

The firm increased outreach initiatives in 2016 hosting student law career workshops in cooperation with The Brokerage City Link. Lawyers also increased involvement with Bryanston Square, an organization providing assistance to disadvantaged students, many of whom are in government care. Bryanston Square, in partnership with schools, runs educational programs designed to boost student confidence.

Sullivan & Cromwell is a founding sponsor of City Solicitors Horizons, an innovative program launched in 2016 and designed to address barriers to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for gaining access to the legal profession. The three-year program runs parallel with undergraduate courses and includes comprehensive classroom and one-to-one training sessions, mentoring from experienced lawyers and work experience. It further offers work experience to participating students in its London office, as well as direct mentoring, including guidance on students’ studies and career development.