THE FIRM: Sidley Austin LLP, with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and approximately 2,300 lawyers, is one of the largest law firms in the world. Our diversified global practice encompasses the entire spectrum of corporate, transactional, litigation and governmental matters. Nationwide and throughout the world, Sidley Austin LLP prides itself on the breadth of its practice and the quality of its representation of an extraordinary client base, including many of the world's leading industrial enterprises, financial institutions, professional firms, health care providers and media and communications companies, as well as governmental and public entities and sovereign nations.
BUILT TO LEAD: In 2022, Sidley launched Built to Lead, its groundbreaking associate leadership and executive development program uniquely designed to deepen associates’ business acumen and leadership abilities. The program strives to prepare associates to rise to the challenges that clients face in an increasingly complex and dynamic global business environment—helping our associates better understand our clients and speak the language of business. Beginning in associates’ fourth year of practice, Built to Lead features MBA-level executive training at top U.S. business schools, along with professional development and personal career and business development coaching opportunities. Built to Lead also includes title changes, to Managing Associates (4th-year associates) and Senior Managing Associates (7th-year associates), in recognition of the increased managerial responsibilities at those career stages. Built to Lead serves as a key part of Sidley’s comprehensive approach to associate development. No matter where their careers may lead—whether ascending to partnership at Sidley, moving to an in-house or public service role, or pursuing another path—Sidley associates will be better prepared to succeed as the next generation of legal, business, and civic leaders.
THE NEW YORK OFFICE: The New York office has approximately 400 lawyers practicing in its office in midtown Manhattan. The New York office is the Firm's gateway to clients in Europe, Latin America and Asia. It is also a center for sophisticated transactional, litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, environmental, real estate, insurance and tax work for the Firm's domestic clients. The New York office prides itself on its collegial atmosphere and seeks to provide associates with front-line responsibility and professional growth early in their careers.
NEW ASSOCIATES: New associates who join the Firm can be expected to gain excellent hands-on experience in the various practice groups throughout the office, and will be exposed to all areas of their respective practices, whether transactional or litigation. Sidley strives to provide all of its associates with responsibilities that are commensurate with their achievements, development and acumen. Incoming associates are assigned to a practice group in order to focus their professional growth and to enhance their personal satisfaction.
SUMMER PROGRAM: Our summer program is uniquely designed to acquaint our summer associates with the practice of law, our Firm and our people, and to help us evaluate them for association with us after graduation. Summer associates have the opportunity to work in all areas of practice in New York and with as many of our lawyers as possible. In addition to more typical practice-oriented assignments, summer associates have opportunities to attend client conferences, negotiations, closings, depositions, court appearances or trials and participate in pro bono work. Each summer associate has a dedicated partner coordinator who will help monitor the summer associate's work assignments, as well as an associate mentor. The Firm also hosts a variety of training programs, informal gatherings and activities that provide additional opportunities for our summer associates to get to know our lawyers.