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Yale Law School and its graduates have played a significant role in Sullivan & Cromwell’s history and continue to be an essential part of its success. In 1930, YLS graduate Elizabeth Beam Osborne was the first woman to join the Firm as a lawyer. Today, more than 45 YLS alumni—including 12 partners—practice at Sullivan & Cromwell in its domestic and international offices and in virtually all of the practice areas offered by the Firm.
 
Many YLS alumni hold significant leadership roles at the Firm, including as members of its Managing Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Associate Experience Committee, and Women's Initiative Committee and as managing partners of practice areas. In addition, YLS alumni at the Firm are active members of each of its affinity groups.
 
In keeping with YLS graduates’ excellent record of securing clerkships, around one-third of YLS alumni at S&C have clerked, including at the federal appellate level and for the U.S. Supreme Court. Over 47% of our 2018 YLS summer associates have obtained clerkships or are currently clerking.
 
In addition to practicing in our Appellate Litigation, Capital Markets, Criminal Defense and Investigations, Estates and Personal, Executive Compensation, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Investment Management, Private Equity, Project Finance, Restructuring, Securities Litigation, Real Estate and Tax groups, many YLS alumni at S&C are actively involved in pro bono work. Recent matters include providing assistance to domestic survivors, preparation of an influential report concerning policing as it relates to civil rights issues, advising human rights organizations on cases before the International Criminal Court and criminal defense work.

Yale Law School alumni who join the Firm go on to pursue a range of prestigious opportunities, in addition to becoming partners at S&C. Fifteen Firm alumni who attended YLS are currently on law school faculties. Others serve in government, including as Assistant U.S. Attorneys; as counsel to and management for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses, including Alibaba Group Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai; and as lawyers in private practice.
 
Today, S&C continues to partner with YLS both in and out of the classroom. In addition to participating in events such as the “Practice Area Forum” and the Yale Mock Interview Program, partners Heather Coleman (YLS ’07), Marc Treviño (YLS ’93) and Michael Wiseman taught “Corporate Crisis Management” at YLS in 2018. Marc Treviño, Bob Giuffra (YLS ’87) and Ron Creamer (YLS ’91) are also members of the advisory board of the Yale Center for Corporate Law.

In 2018, we welcomed 21 summer associates from Yale Law School. You can learn more about YLS alumni and our presence at the law school on these pages. We hope to see you on campus.

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