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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

If you’ve always dreamed of working for a large, multinational law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom is the firm for you. The firm has 22 offices across four continents, representing 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. It has even won the most transatlantic legal awards of any firm. Working in sectors like litigation and tax, a career here is one of prestige.

Working for a multinational law firm provides you with the opportunity to learn a variety of different skills. It’s certainly challenging working across multiple jurisdictions: dealing with different time zones, yet there are also benefits. Such a global platform allows lawyers to gain relevant experience across offices, as and when it is needed. Regarding your own career as a lawyer, these challenges will greatly improve your legal skills and provide you with a wealth of knowledge.

While you may feel intimidated by the size and reputation of the firm, Skadden embraces diversity among its lawyers. Based in New York, the firm began as a scrappy upstart, forced to compete with the most prestigious firms in the state. These humble beginnings have enforced the notion that diversity makes the firm flourish. There is no best “type” of lawyer that the firm requires; instead Skadden embraces its “unique, eclectic mix of lawyers.”

Trainees here feel supported, due to the small trainee intake (10 in 2019) as well as the opportunity to share an office with associates. Past trainees have praised the firm, stating “Skadden is a firm that takes pride in its supportive culture.” You’ll be supported by the best of the best, with 2/3 of the firm’s London partners recommended as leaders in their field. 

What the firm says

Skadden is one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the world, with this high status matched by a supportive environment. Trainees get involved in real work from day one, but they are never given something they can’t handle. The firm specialises in a variety of different practice areas: from mergers and acquisitions to white collar crime. Current lawyers praise the diversity of the work, and the fact that no two days are the same. While the work can be challenging, trainees find that their skills improve greatly by the end of their contract, coming out strong in the face of setbacks. When not focusing on commercial or corporate law, Skadden has a strong commitment to pro bono, with the firm completing over 230,000 hours of pro bono work in 2019. 

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We look for a record of outstanding academic achievements, including a minimum of a 2:1 at degree level or equivalent and a keen interest in our practice areas.

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