THE FIRM: Schiff Hardin is unique because it combines top-quality work with a small firm environment. Schiff is a general practice law firm with a breadth of expertise, substantial resources, and talented lawyers who do sophisticated and complex work for our clients, and at the same time, a place that maintains a small firm feel. Here, you will find a community of people who enjoy practicing law and working together. And we will help you become the lawyer you want to be and provide the support you need to get there. We have many leading practice areas, including middle market corporate; trust and estates; litigation; white collar criminal investigations; environmental; and intellectual property. Our lawyers represent U.S. and international clients and are consistently recognized for their skills and achievements by organizations like Chambers and U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America.
EARLY OPPORTUNITIES: Schiff is the right size for you to get the experience you need. Our teams are small, and typically one partner and one associate work together. That means associates have early exposure both to clients and to important, substantive work, including appearing in court and participating in negotiations. You’ll get high-level experience right away, and we’ll help you learn and develop skills you can take with you throughout your career. We do not hire associates into practice groups but instead encourage them to explore multiple practice areas and to seek out work that interests and challenges them before they choose a practice group based on both their interests and the firm’s needs.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: Schiff takes associates’ professional development – both informal and formal – seriously. We provide training and mentoring to help our associates become the lawyers they want to be and to ensure that they are ready for the opportunities we provide them. Unlike most other firms, we focus early on business development skills, knowing that they are critical to long-term success. Also unlike most other firms, we employ a dedicated legal writing coach who hosts workshops and works one-on-one with our newest lawyers to improve their legal writing and communication skills.
SUMMER AT SCHIFF: Summer at Schiff is a time for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. Our lawyers look forward to summer all year long! Our summer associates choose their own assignments from a wide range of options and work with Schiff lawyers from different practice groups and difference offices. Summers also participate in litigation, corporate, business development, and writing trainings. And of course there’s time for fun. We plan a mix of low-key social activities so that our summer associates and attorneys get to know each other as people. By the end of the summer, our summer associates have a good feel for the firm’s friendly culture.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: We are committed to increasing diversity of all types in our firm and in the legal profession and to making Schiff an equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and where they can be and progress as their authentic selves. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee works closely with firm leadership to develop and fulfill our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, including making policy recommendations and coordinating firmwide diversity trainings. Additionally, our Inclusion Networks, principally led by associates, help create connection and foster an inclusive culture through programming and initiatives. Recent programs included a remote cooking demonstration with chef Kia Damon for Black History Month and a conversation about mental health as we continue to navigate the challenging events of the past year. Also, our LGBTQ+ Inclusion Group advocated for and the firm adopted a policy so that all firm attorneys and staff can include their pronouns in their signature lines and self-identify with expanded categories for gender identity and sexual orientation in our HR system. If you’d like more information, please view our 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Annual Report: https://www.schiffhardin.com/Templates/media/files/Flipbooks/Diversity/2020/mobile/index.html