Transitioning to a new law firm is a big step, professionally and personally. We know that you take it seriously. We do too. When we hire lateral associates and partners, we plan to hire for the long term. We look for a good fit both professionally and personally and seek outstanding lawyers who share our values and team approach to legal practice. 

We seek individual lateral partners and associates, along with practice groups, that will complement our national practice and contribute to firm life.

  • Open Positions

    Schiff Hardin is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

    Multiple Offices

    Lake Forest, IL Office

    Washington, D.C. Office

    Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace.  We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. 

    Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Vets/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

    Schiff Hardin provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a position please send an email to pgriffin@schiffhardin.com with the subject line "Accommodation Request."

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  • Lateral Attorney Integration

    Integrating lateral attorneys begins before they step in the door. We create individualized orientations and ensure that resources are available to help new attorneys hit the ground running on day one. Lateral associates meet with their practice group leaders and other attorneys they are interested in working with and have a welcome lunch or dinner with Schiff Hardin associates.

    We work closely with lateral partners to ensure a smooth transition of their clients to the firm. To facilitate the meshing of lateral partners’ practices with ours, we conduct collaborative team pitches and commit to staffing lateral partners on existing firm matters. Our teams implement the marketing and cross-selling strategies that best highlight lateral attorneys’ practices and expertise.

  • Development and Training

    We give every new lawyer who joins us tools to set the course of their own career and develop their skills and practice.   

    But we do not expect you to develop your skills alone. We focus on training and professional development from the moment you step through our doors. Our formal and informal programs – including an in-house legal writing coach and individual business development training – help you learn the skills you need when you need them. 

    Further, all of our lawyers have hands-on opportunities to develop their skills through paid and pro bono client work and through bar association and community service. Document review does not dominate our associates’ years. Meaningful, high-level work does.

    We have a three-tiered, competency-based associate development structure. Each practice group has determined the skills and experiences necessary to advance to the next development tier. Depending on their practice area, associates advance based on their demonstrated ability to competently negotiate contested issues with opposing counsel; experience making routine court appearances; demonstration of creativity and ingenuity in drafting briefs; and drafting of strong first drafts of public disclosure documents.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I apply?

    To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Noah Cooper, Firmwide Senior Legal Recruitment Specialist, at ncooper@schiffhardin.com.  To see a list of our openings, click here. 

    Does Schiff Hardin accept resumes from search firms?

    Yes, Schiff Hardin works with a select group of search firms.  Recruiters interested in working with us should contact Noah Cooper, Firmwide Senior Legal Recruitment Specialist, at ncooper@schiffhardin.com for more information.  We do not accept from search firms resumes of candidates who are currently judicial clerks or who are entry-level attorneys.

    What is the interview process?

    Typically, the first step is a preliminary interview. If that interview goes well and there is mutual interest in continuing the process, candidates are invited in for a full round of interviews. For lateral associates, the full round consists of one-on-one interviews, a lunch interview with associates, and a panel interview. The panel interview is with three to four Schiff Hardin lawyers. During the panel interview, the lawyers take turns asking questions designed to gather more information about each candidate’s work, academic, and other life experiences.  

    What materials does Schiff Hardin collect from candidates?

    We ask candidates to provide us with a cover letter and resume when they apply. As the process continues, we typically ask candidates to provide us with a law school transcript and writing sample. The writing sample should comply with a few guidelines: it should be written solely by the candidate; it should be 15 pages or fewer; and it should ideally be written within the last year, but should in no circumstances be written more than two years earlier. When candidates are invited in for a full round of interviews, we ask them to complete our due diligence questionnaire and prior work history form before they come in for their interviews. These forms help ensure that there are no conflicts of interest that would prevent us from hiring a particular candidate. 

    Does Schiff Hardin offer a bonus for judicial clerks?

    Yes, Schiff Hardin pays a competitive bonus to associates who join our firm after completing a judicial clerkship.  Judicial clerks interested in applying should submit their materials to Noah Cooper, Firmwide Senior Legal Recruitment Specialist, at ncooper@schiffhardin.com.  Please note that we do not accept resumes of judicial clerks from recruiters.

    Is Schiff Hardin an Affirmative Action Employer?

    Yes, Schiff Hardin is a federal government contractor and affirmative action employer. For these reasons, we are required to solicit certain demographic information from candidates on a government-mandated form during the interview process. Please know that your submission of this self-identification information is entirely voluntary. Your decision to provide or not provide the information will have no impact on your employment application. Any response will be kept confidential and will not be used in the application process or shared with anyone involved in the hiring process.

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IN OUR WORDS

Lauren S. Novak

Partner
I joined the Labor and Employment Group as a senior associate. Opportunities to provide value came quickly and often. For example, in my first weeks I wrote an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court and attended union negotiations. From day one there was important, substantive legal work waiting for me. Getting lost in the shuffle was never a possibility.
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IN OUR WORDS

Michael W. Ott

Associate
Everything about Schiff Hardin is as-advertised. Its collaborative culture and client-centric focus are more than just empty mantras. I joined the firm as a fifth-year from a mega-firm, and I have felt like a part of the team since day one. The firm's culture pays enormous dividends for its clients.