How do I apply?
To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Noah Cooper, Firmwide Senior Legal Recruitment Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.