Welcome to Schiff Hardin! We have been successful over the last 150 years for many reasons: our shared commitment to professional and personal excellence and integrity; our dedication to outstanding client service; our involvement in the legal community and the broader communities where we live and work; and our understanding that everyone here makes a contribution. 

Our staff provides a full range of support services in the following departments: Accounting, Human Resources & Benefits, Information Technology Services, Library, Paralegals, Project Assistants, Secretarial Services and Administrative Support, Marketing, Lateral Recruitment, Legal Recruiting & Professional Development.

Our culture is based upon professional dedication, responsiveness, and service. We have the same expectations and standards for everyone here. We encourage teamwork, ongoing training, career development, and most important — the greatest respect for the administrative professionals who are integral to our firm's success.

Most recently, Schiff Hardin was the only Chicago-based law firm to secure a spot on Vault's 2016 list of “20 Best Law Firms for Diversity,” ranking 9th in the nation. We also ranked in the top 10 among major U.S. law firms for transparency, associate/partner relations, and firm culture.  

Schiff Hardin offers a wide array of administrative staff employment opportunities to people with professional integrity, exemplary work ethics, and high standards.

  • Open Positions

    For a list of open administrative staff positions, click here

  • Diversity and Inclusion

    We work hard to promote diversity and inclusion at Schiff Hardin, in the legal profession, and in our communities. Several national and local organizations have recently – and repeatedly – recognized our efforts:

    • The Human Rights Campaign awarded Schiff Hardin a 100% score for the sixth straight year on its 2016 Corporate Equality Index, based on our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace policies and benefits.
    • Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers has named us one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women nationwide each year since 2012.
    • Equality Illinois has ranked us a leading law firm for LGBT workplace inclusion and equality every year since 2011.
    • Minority Corporate Counsel Association awarded us its prestigious Thomas L. Sager award for the Midwest Region in 2012, in honor of our diversity achievements.  We were a finalist for the award from 2013-2015.
    • The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) awarded us its Gold Standard Firm certification recognizing women in the highest leadership positions in 2013 and 2014.  

    Read more about the firm's diversity initiatives.

     

  • Community Service

    ACT can mean several things. To “act” is to make something happen. And the acronym ACT stands for “all come together.” Our ACT initiative does both things. Each year the entire firm picks a public interest theme, for example, poverty, education, or community. Then we partner – lawyers and staff – with nonprofit organizations in all of our cities to make something happen. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who inspired our ACT initiative:

    “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

    In 2015, we focused on creating and strengthening community. We volunteered with seven organizations, including 826 Michigan (Ann Arbor), Midtown Assistance Center (Atlanta), Breakthrough (Chicago/Lake Forest), Young Consultation Services (New York),  De Marillac Academy (San Francisco), and SisterMentors (Washington D.C.)

    For 2016 we have been focused on justice and the rights of others, including animals. We’ve volunteered with Aspiration of Life to send care packages to local military men and women who are stationed abroad; adopted animals and donated shelter supplies to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; provided guidance on immigration paperwork with Michigan Immigrant Rights Center; and completed renovations and financial support to a domestic crisis shelter (A Safe Place) and advocacy center (Family Violence Appellate Project). 

  • Firm Culture and Benefits

    We know that our work is demanding, but we also want it to be a means for our staff to attain their personal and professional goals. We put that objective into practice with benefits and policies including the following:

    Generous Benefits Program

    We all have different needs that influence the choices we make every day. Schiff Hardin embraces these differences by providing you with the freedom to select quality benefit options that work best for your personal situation. Our comprehensive Benefits Program includes medical, dental, life insurance, disability, flexible spending accounts (health care, dependent care and commuter), and our professional retirement and 401(k) plan, holidays, vacation and sick time. We also offer health care benefits to both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners. To be eligible to participate in the various benefit plans offered by Schiff Hardin, you must satisfy the eligibility provisions of the applicable plans.

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    The EAP is provided by the Firm at no cost to you. The program offers you and your family confidential counseling and coaching to address a variety of life balance, health, and career issues. You can meet with a counselor face-to-face, by appointment, or call to receive assistance at any time. In addition, we make available e-Learning, interactive tools, health and wellness assessments, and a library of health, life balance, and workplace articles. 

    Back-Up Dependent Care Program

    This program provides our staff with a safety net for days when regular dependent care arrangements (for children or ill or elderly adults) fall through. Employees use the program during center/school closings for holidays and breaks, regular caregivers’ sick or vacation days, family members’ recovery from an illness or surgery, or the transition to new care arrangements. Schiff Hardin subsidizes the care.  

    Wellness Program

    All employees are encouraged to participate in annual on-site health screenings. The firm also provides AED/CPR training, free on-site flu shots, and reimbursement for smoking cessation and weight management programs.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I apply for a staff position?

    We post positions that are available to external candidates here. Applicants must submit resumes on-line. Once we receive the application, the candidate will receive an email detailing next steps.

    When and how will I hear if I am being considered for the position?

    We will notify you either by e-mail or a phone call within five business days after your initial submission if we are considering you for the position. 

    Do you offer job shadowing or short-term work experience?

    We do not currently offer these opportunities. 

    Does Schiff Hardin conduct background checks?

    Yes, we perform background checks on all new hires before their start date. A typical background check will verify employment and education and include a criminal record check. We may also perform a credit check for certain positions.

    Does Schiff Hardin offer health care coverage?

    Yes.  Please see our Generous Benefits Program section

    Where can I learn about the job requirements for a position?

    To understand specific skills you need for a particular position, we recommend that you search for the position(s) that interest you and review the job posting.

    Does Schiff Hardin pay competitive salaries? 

    Yes. We consult various law firm specific salary surveys to determine current market data. If you are interested in learning more about salary levels generally, you may want to check the following sources:

    What is the rehire process for former Schiff Hardin employees?

    The application process for a former employee is the same as for other candidates. Visit our search tool to find open positions that match your experience.

    Additionally, if you still have friends working here, you might want to contact them and ask them to submit your name through our Employee Referral program.

    Will I have opportunities for training and development after I am hired?

    Yes. Training and development are key firm values. Employees are encouraged to seek internal and external opportunities for professional development and to discuss them with their manager.  

    Tell me about the Schiff Hardin interview process?

    The interview process typically begins with a phone interview with a recruiter. That is sometimes followed by a conversation with a member of the team who has the open position.

    The interview with your recruiter tends to focus on your experience and interests, while the interview with a team member is often more technical, or skills-based.

    After these interviews, you may be invited for a callback interview, either on-site at a Schiff Hardin location or at a location near you via video conference. During these interviews, you will meet one-on-one with several employees in the hiring group. Each interview lasts approximately 45 minutes.  An interviewer may be a peer or a manager.

    Ideally, we reach a hiring decision within five business days after the final interview has taken place, but please contact your recruiter for a better understanding of our timeframe. 

    I have an upcoming interview. What should I wear?

    Please ask your recruiter for advice. Interview dress depends on the type of job and group with which you are interviewing. Typically, we recommend you wear “business casual” dress — clothes that are appropriate for the workplace but also comfortable.

    Where can I ask additional questions? 

    If our website doesn’t answer all of your questions, please email us at hrandbenefits@schiffhardin.com. You can also check out our LinkedIn page for more information. 

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IN OUR WORDS

Charles Rankin

Legal Secretary
One thing I enjoy about working in the DC office is the congeniality of the staff and the attorneys. This congeniality goes a long way to making work pleasant. I also enjoy the cultural and ethnic diversity. When someone asks me where I work, I am proud to say ‘Schiff Hardin LLP.’
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IN OUR WORDS

Margarito Huerta

Technical Support Supervisor
The firm values teamwork. I like working with committed professionals to meet challenges and achieve collective goals. Schiff Hardin is a dynamic environment with a diverse workforce. Contributions and efforts are valued and recognized. I am proud to be part of the Schiff Hardin family.