Take Advantage of Opportunities Early and Often

Schiff is the right size for you to get the experience you want and need. We are big enough to have complex and challenging work but small enough that everyone here plays a key role. 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 that you can take with you throughout your career.

Become the Lawyer You Want to Be

We take 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 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. We also prioritize helping associates improve their legal writing skills through workshops and one-on-one coaching.

Work Together With People Who Care About You

We know that to be our best, we must collaborate with each other—trusting in everyone’s unique talents and expertise. We have a caring culture that values professional excellence, civility, respect, ethics, and openness. Our associates consistently report feeling a part of their teams and practice group, and many lifelong friendships develop at work. At Schiff, we’ve got each others’ backs.


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 2019 NALP forms, click on the links below:

All Offices

Chicago Office

New York Office

For more information on NALP, visit its website at http://www.nalpdirectory.com

  • Law Student Recruiting Q&A

    How large is Schiff Hardin’s summer program?

    Our summer programs vary in size based on our firm needs.  Our most recent summer classes have been 5-6 associates.

    Which Schiff Hardin offices hire summer associates?

    We host summer programs in our Chicago and New York offices.

    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 also 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.

    Where does Schiff Hardin interview on-campus?

    To be determined.

    What law schools does Schiff Hardin collect resumes?

    To be determined.

    How do I apply directly?

    We have filled all of our 2022 summer program positions and are no longer accepting applications. We welcome direct resume submissions for our 2023 summer program. 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, recruiting@schiffhardin.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

    Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Vets/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

    Schiff Hardin provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a position please send an email to pgriffin@schiffhardin.com with the subject line "Accommodation Request."

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    What is the interview process?

    Typically, the first step is a preliminary interview, which is conducted either during on-campus interviewing, on the phone, via video conference, or in the office. If the preliminary interview goes well and there is mutual interest in continuing the process, we will invite you back for a callback interview. The callback interview consists of two 30-minute interviews with pairs of Schiff lawyers 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.

    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?

    No, we do not have a 1L summer program.

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Schiff Named “Illinois Powerhouse” for Second Year

We are proud to receive this industry distinction from Law360 for the second consecutive year, in recognition of our impactful and high-profile work in the Midwest and across the nation. MORE