'Trainees spend all their time photocopying' and other misconceptions about US firms
Perception: You need an American accent and a US law background to fit in. Reality: How untrue- just as an example Shearman & Sterling's London office has around 75% English law practitioners. You are more likely to hear an English, continental European or Antipodean accent here. Lawyers work with clients from around the world (not just the US) on cross border deals and matters with colleagues from continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America as well as the US. Away from our US offices, some lawyers are US qualified but most are locally qualified.
Perception: You need an American accent and a US law background to fit in
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