Law student recruiting is one of the most important things we do at Schiff Hardin. We seek people who will thrive in a flexible environment that provides early opportunities and encourages all lawyers to set the course of their own careers.

We understand that you may not know where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. But if you are looking for a law firm that provides new associates with a choice of practice groups, is committed to associate professional development and growth, and has a transparent management culture, please consider applying.

  • On-Campus Interviews

    In the fall of 2018 we are interviewing at the following law schools and job fairs:

    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Fordham University Law School
    Georgetown University Law Center
    Howard University School of Law
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    Northwestern University School of Law
    University of Chicago Law School
    University of Illinois College of Law
    University of Michigan Law School


    Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair
    Lavender Law
    Loyola Patent Law Job Fair

  • Resume Collections at Law Schools

    In 2018 we are collecting resumes at the following law schools:

    Columbia Law School
    DePaul University College of Law
    George Washington University Law School
    Harvard Law School
    John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    New York University School of Law
    Stanford Law School
    University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
    University of California, Hastings, College of the Law
    UCLA School of Law
    University of Iowa College of Law
    University of Notre Dame Law School
    University of Virginia School of Law
    University of Wisconsin Law School
    Vanderbilt University Law School
    Washington University School of Law
  • Direct Resume Submissions

    We welcome direct resume submissions. If we do not interview on campus or collect resumes at your law school but you are interested in spending your 2L summer at Schiff Hardin, please e-mail us your application materials (resume, law school transcript, and writing sample). We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Callback Interview Process

    We have customized our callback interview process to give law students the chance to really show us who they are — not only as law students, but as people.

    Our callback interview includes the traditional components that you will find at most other law firms — one-on-one interviews and a lunch or dinner interview with associates — but we have also added an additional part: an interview with a panel of Schiff Hardin attorneys. 

    Why did we create a customized interview format? To better identify law students who will be successful and thrive here. We look for people who are intellectually curious and team players. And we invest in all of our lawyers starting on the first day of their careers. Our interview process identifies candidates who have the qualities we associate with success.

  • NALP

    The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment, and retention, and to the professional development of law students and lawyers. NALP brings together law schools and legal employers to share information, research, and professional development opportunities.

    To view the Schiff Hardin 2017 NALP forms, click on the links below:

    All Offices

    Chicago Office

    New York Office

    For more information on NALP, visit its website at

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What does Schiff Hardin look for in a law student candidate?

    In making hiring decisions, we give substantial weight to academics, including law school grades and other honors. We look for candidates who have a record of leadership and achievement in school, work, and extracurricular and community activities; strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills; the ability to work independently and on a team; and the drive to gain experience and succeed in a client service business. Learn more about who we are.

    How do I apply?

    We interview 2L students through on-campus interviews at law schools and job fairs. We collect resumes at many additional law schools. For a list of those schools, please see above.

    We encourage you to send us your application materials if we don’t interview on campus or collect resumes at your law school but you are interested in spending your 2L summer at Schiff Hardin.

    What materials must I submit when I apply directly?

    We request a resume, law school transcript, and writing sample. We encourage you to provide a cover letter with these materials.

    What type of writing sample are you looking for?

    We ask that writing samples be 15 pages or fewer, and written solely by the candidate while in law school (for a law school assignment, legal job, internship, externship, clinic, journal, etc.).

    What is the interview process?

    Typically, the first step is a preliminary interview with two Schiff Hardin lawyers. This first round of interviews will be conducted on-campus if we interview at your law school. For direct applicants who write to us or apply through resume collection, the preliminary interview will be conducted in the office or on the phone. If those interviews go well and there is mutual interest in continuing the process, we will invite the candidate for a callback interview. The callback interview consists of two one-on-one interviews, a lunch interview with associates, a writing exercise, and a panel interview.

    The panel interview is with three to four Schiff Hardin lawyers who take turns asking questions designed to gather more information about your academic, work, and other life experiences. The panel format helps us to get to know candidates better, and it gives candidates more time to describe their achievements.

    Which Schiff Hardin offices hire summer associates?

    We hired 2018 summer associates for our Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. offices.

    What is the length of your Summer Program?

    Our summer program is 10 weeks long. Our 2018 program runs from May 29 to August 3.

    What types of assignments do your summer associates work on?

    We want all of our summer associates to get a realistic look at what it is like to practice at Schiff. For that reason, our summer associates work with lawyers from different practice groups and different offices and on a range of assignments that are real assignments for real clients (and real deadlines!). Our summer associates choose their own assignments from a broad database that includes assignments from every practice area of the firm. Summer associates prepare “typical” research memoranda, but also produce other types of work product, including motions and briefs, due diligence memoranda, blog posts, primary and ancillary transaction documents, and wills and trusts. We encourage summer associates to explore a variety of work during the summer, including pro bono projects.

    What type of training do you offer your summer associates?

    In addition to learning from their work, our summer associates also learn through several trainings and observational opportunities. We have formal programs in which experienced Schiff attorneys teach our summer associates, give them hands-on litigation and corporate experiences, and provide substantive feedback to help them develop new skills. Our writing coach Julie Schrager leads group workshops and works one-on-one with every summer associate. And our summer associates learn how to develop new client relationships and nurture and maintain current ones in a full-day business development/client skills workshop.

    Are social activities part of your summer program?

    Yes. We plan a fun mix of social activities so that our summer associates and attorneys get to know each other. By the end of the summer, our summer associates have a good feel for the firm's work, as well as its culture. The social activities range from impromptu get-togethers to organized events like the following:

    In Chicago: an architectural boat tour, WhirlyBall, trivia night, ping-pong, an Improvised Shakespeare comedy show, a Cubs game, and a night at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

    In New York: Shakespeare in the Park, wine tasting, a cooking class, Escape the Room, and a Broadway show.

    In San Francisco: cocktails at Bubble Lounge, San Francisco Bay ferry ride, Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, a Giants game, and tea tasting at Imperial Tea Court.

    In Washington, D.C.: Phillips Collection tour, DC United soccer game, Broomball tournament, brewery tour.

    Do you offer mentors for your summer associates?

    Yes. Every summer associate is assigned an associate adviser and a partner resource, both of whom are there to answer questions or provide advice. Associate advisers act both as friends and professional advisers, conveying feedback on summer associate work and helping summer associates learn their way around the firm.

    Do you allow summer associate splits?

    We will consider requests to split your summer between Schiff Hardin and another firm on a case-by-case basis. We usually discourage this practice, however, because we prefer you to have the full ten weeks at Schiff Hardin to fully experience the work, people, and firm culture.

    Do you hire 1Ls in your summer program?

    We have not yet decided whether to hire 1Ls for our 2019 program.

    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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Arianne A. Freeman

Iron Schiff was the best social event. We were teamed up and set loose in a gourmet kitchen. I was a little nervous because my kitchen skills are just slightly above ordering take-out. But our team ended up making some delicious food and really bonded over our papaya salsa.
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Brittany H. Sokoloff

Associates in our New York office have many pro bono opportunities. As a first year associate volunteering for the Law Department, I took and defended depositions on behalf of the City of New York. This program lets associates delve into a case file, work with experienced lawyers, and think on our feet when witnesses give unexpected answers. I’ve left my comfort zone and grown as a litigator, while at the same time helping the City. This is hopefully the beginning of a long relationship between Schiff and the City of New York.
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Jeffrey D. Glickman

My favorite summer training was the Business Development Workshop. I’m pretty confident no other law firm teaches its summer associates how to develop business relationships and how to be ambassadors for the firm. It was one of many examples of the firm investing in us.
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David Pi

Schiff Hardin is remarkable for its commitment to developing associates into outstanding attorneys. In my first year, I took depositions, argued motions, and drafted important briefs. I even delivered a presentation to prospective clients in London with the heads of my practice.