At Schiff Hardin, law student recruiting is one the most important things we do. We seek people who will excel in a flexible environment that provides early opportunities and encourages people 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. That is not unusual, and it is fine with us. 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 and inclusive culture, please consider applying.

On-Campus Interviews

In fall 2019 we are interviewing at the following law schools and job fairs:

Chicago-Kent College of Law
Fordham University Law School
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 fall 2019 we are collecting resumes at the following law schools:

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Columbia Law School
DePaul University College of Law
Duke University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
George Washington University Law School
Harvard Law School
John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michigan State University College 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 Minnesota Law School
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
Wayne State University School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

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 here, please email us your application materials (resume, law school transcript, and writing sample) to Lily Yanow, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, at We look forward to hearing from you.

Callback Interview Process

We have customized our callback interview to give law students the opportunity to show us who they really are – not only as law students, but as people. Our callback interview includes the traditional components that you will find at most firms – one-on-one interviews and a lunch or dinner interview with associates. But we have also added an additional component: an interview with three or four Schiff attorneys that focuses on each candidate’s work, academic, and other life experiences.

Why do things differently? Because the panel interview process allows candidates to go into greater depth about their experiences and focuses the discussion on the qualities that lead to success here.


The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) facilitates 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 2018 NALP forms, click on the links below:

All Offices

Chicago Office

New York Office

Washington, D.C. Office

Ann Arbor Office

San Francisco Office

For more information on NALP, visit its website at

  • Firm Culture and Benefits

    What is it like to work here? We are professionals first and businesspeople second. We respect each other and help each other. We take our work seriously but try not to take ourselves too seriously. And we work hard to create an environment where our lawyers at every level have the freedom to develop their practices in the way that suits them.

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

    Generous benefits

    Including medical, dental, retirement plans, 401(k), short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave (18 weeks of paid primary caregiver leave and 4 weeks paid secondary caregiver leaving following the birth or adoption of a child), paid enrollment in a Mindful Return e-course for new parents preparing to return from parental leave, access to Milk Stork’s service to help nursing moms store and ship breast milk while traveling for work, adoption and surrogacy stipends, and a technology allowance. Our new Ramp Up/Down policy helps attorneys transition from parental leave with an automatic 20 percent reduction in their hours requirement with full pay for the month before and after their leave. We offer health care benefits to all domestic partners regardless of gender.

    Flexible hours

    Including reduced-hour, flex-time, and telecommuting arrangements for attorneys. Both women and men and associates and partners take advantage of this benefit.

    Women’s Networking Group

    Established in 1998, women attorneys plan and host mentoring and networking events that support and encourage women’s personal and professional growth throughout their careers.

    Parenting Group

    Includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and prospective parents. We discuss parenting-related topics and provide each other with support. The Group invites parenting experts, doctors, financial planners, social workers, and others to speak on parenting topics and hosts forums for members to share resources, such as babysitter and day care referrals.

    New Moms Group

    Discussion and support group for our newest parents.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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

    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 both independently and on a team; and the drive to gain experience and succeed in a client service business. Learn more about who we are here.

    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 lawyers. We will conduct first round interviews on- campus if we interview at your law school. For direct applicants who write to us or apply through resume collection, we will conduct a preliminary interview 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, and a panel interview.

    The panel interview is with three or four Schiff 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?

    For 2019, we are hiring for our Chicago and New York offices.

    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’s like to practice at Schiff. For that reason, our summer associates work with lawyers from different practice groups and offices and on a range of meaningful assignments for our clients. Our summer associates choose their own assignments from a broad database that includes projects from every practice area of the firm. Summer associates prepare traditional research memoranda, and also other types of work product, including motions and briefs, due diligence memoranda, blog posts, 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 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, of course! 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. Our social activities range from casual get-togethers to organized events like the following:

    • In Chicago: an architectural boat tour, WhirlyBall, a diversity event , Iron Schiff (our own cooking competition), an Improvised Shakespeare comedy show, a Cubs game, and a night at the Chicago History Museum.

    • In New York: Shakespeare in the Park, wine tasting, a cooking class, the Escape Room, and a Broadway show (“Hamilton” in 2018!).

    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 and provide advice. Associate advisers act as both 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 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 spend ten weeks at Schiff Hardin to fully experience our work, people, and 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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