New analysts in the Legal Department participate in the GS Experience designed to give you the skills, connections and continuous learning to fast-track your career. 

GS Experience

Through a holistic framework called the GS Experience, you will be introduced to the firm’s heritage and culture and have an opportunity to develop a robust, transferable skillset.

Prior to joining the firm, you will build a strong foundation and elevate your technical expertise through an online learning platform, Jumpstart Your Learning. Upon joining, you will participate in firmwide and division-specific orientation programs and networking opportunities to support your continued professional development. A multi-channel experience builds upon orientation and addresses your individual needs, interests and business acumen. Beyond formal education, programs are offered that support continuous learning. 

As a new analyst, you will also have opportunities to connect and collaborate with colleagues across the firm, as well as meaningful access to thought-leaders through an active sponsorship model. 

Throughout your onboarding and integration, senior leadership will also play a critical role in providing guidance and mentorship to help you succeed.


Following your initial training, you will enter department-specific training that is relevant to your role in the Legal Department. This is demanding work, designed to test your intellectual capabilities and to grow your professional strength.

You will then begin work as an analyst in one of our nine practice areas. As you accelerate into your new role, you will quickly find yourself an integral member of the team, charged with your own responsibilities—responsibilities limited only by your confidence in what you’ve learned and your willingness to put it to work.

Typically, the analyst program lasts for two years. At the end of the program, some of our analysts remain for a third year within Legal or transition into other areas of the firm. Others choose to pursue a graduate degree. Whatever your particular career path while at Goldman Sachs, you will become an integral part of a worldwide team with a preeminent reputation for excellence in the financial industry.

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