STB 101

Associate Life

•  Professional Development
•  Cross-Practice Teamwork
•  Pro Bono
•  Compensation and Benefits
•  Work-Life Balance
The Summer Program

How to Apply

Simpson Thacher believes it has the finest legal team of any global law firm and is committed to providing top compensation and benefits to its attorneys. First year associates presently earn a salary of $160,000. In recent years, all associates in good standing have also received a bonus at year end. To enable you to get settled comfortably, the Firm will advance up to $9,000 of your annual salary when you first join as an associate.

Our non-salary benefits are generous, and include a comprehensive insurance and parental leave package, relocation benefits and varied workplace amenities, including:

  • Four weeks paid vacation
  • Subsidized health and dental insurance for associates, their spouses, same-sex domestic partners and children
  • A “gross-up” for employees who enroll same-sex partners in the Firm’s health benefits plans to offset any federal, state and local income taxes paid on the value of the partners’ benefits which heterosexual spouses are not subject to.
  • Life and disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan participation
  • Health care and Dependent care pre-tax spending accounts
  • 18 weeks paid (and 8 weeks unpaid) primary caregiver leave
  • 4 weeks paid (and 12 weeks unpaid) secondary caregiver leave
  • Off-site emergency childcare (two free visits, with additional visits available for a nominal fee); temporary in-home child and eldercare services on an emergency basis
  • A variety of flexible working arrangements
  • Reimbursement for incoming associates for relocation costs (including broker fees)
  • Reimbursement for bar review, bar application fees, ongoing bar dues and two bar society memberships
  • Free private banking at Citibank or JPMorgan Chase
  • Blackberry® device with remote-access security token
  • Subsidized on-site cafeteria
  • Subsidized health club membership
  • Pre-tax Commuter Benefits for mass transit and parking expenses
  • Matching donations to law schools
  • Budget for client development (for senior associates, or with partner approval)
  • Social events, including “happy hours,” coffee hours, and monthly firm dinners


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