It’s no surprise that Jenner & Block has such a friendly, down-to-earth culture—the firm is known for its strong commitment to pro bono and public service. Top-notch attorneys come here not just because they want to do good work—they want to do good. Associate development is a priority at the firm with mentorship opportunities abound. Boasting a strong appellate practice, Jenner & Block is a place for driven attorneys to tackle complex legal work. 

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2023)

500 - 750


No. of Partners Named (2023)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2023)



No. of Summer Associates (2023)

72 total (59 2Ls; 5 1Ls; 8 Rising 1Ls-SEO Fellows)


No. of U.S. Offices


Vault Verdict

Jenner & Block is selective in hiring—it’s looking for high-caliber associates who fit in the firm’s social and open culture. While the firm favors candidates with journal experience, clerkships, and a high GPA, it doesn’t limit the law schools it recruits from. Once hired, associates are welcomed into Jenner & Block’s friendly and supportive culture. Partners value associates and take the time to mentor and teach, and associates feel their contributions are valued. The firm is transparent regarding the firm’s outlook and finances. The firm provides flexibility but also employs weekly “collaboration days” to maintain its culture and attorney development, and allows associates to largely manage their workload, distributing substantive work to associates to develop t...

About the Firm

From its Windy City roots, Jenner & Block has grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers with offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The client roster is a blend of established corporate institutions and trendy players in the arts, entertainment, consumer brands, and technology. The firm is also known for its values, especially its commitment to pro bono.

A Litigation Star Is Born

Jenner & Block was founded in 1914 as Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern by a trio of lawyers with big-name Chicago firm pedigrees. In its early years, the firm advised the city’s banks, mortgage houses, and blue-collar corporations. Once the 1920s roared around, however, the firm took on a decidedly more high-profile identity as litigator Edw...

Associate Reviews

  • “I joined Jenner as a lateral associate last year, and was pleased to find how welcoming and social the firm is for both attorneys and staff. Many people have been working here most or all of their careers, but they are still very welcoming to new hires. There are weekly happy hours that are well attended, which allowed me to meet many other associates that I would not have met otherwise. Politically, the firm is unafraid to take a stance on hotly debated issues, engaging in politically sensitive pro bono work that other firms shy away from.”
  • “The culture is one of the major draws at Jenner. It's the thing that keeps people here, and brings them back after clerkships or stints in government or the private sector. There's a lot more to it, but the simple version is that it's an extremely collegial, supportive place full of nice people.”
  • “The firm does a great job making non-partner attorneys and staff feel valued, and holds events at least once a week for employees to get together and socialize with one another. The firm values its commitment to pro bono and DEI initiatives, and also encourages attorneys to prioritize time with family.”
  • “Lawyers socialize together at firm-sponsored happy hours weekly. Lawyers and staff are friendly and supportive.”

Why Work Here

Jenner & Block is known for its ability to secure major litigation victories for clients from the trial level through appeal in jurisdictions around the world; for its sophisticated corporate transactional practice; and for its unyielding commitment to public service.  Clients from around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most complex and challenging matters. 

Our mission is to exceed our clients’ expectations every day by providing the highest caliber legal counsel and advice; to contribute to the legal profession; to maintain our long tradition of public and community service; and to provide an unrivaled environment for superior talent.  Located in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC, our more than 500 lawyers offer substantial experience across a broad range of legal areas.  Throughout our more than a century of service, we have grown because of our dedication and unwavering commitment to our clients, to the bar, to our people and to public service.  Leading independent outlets have recognized us as an elite law firm and among the top-tier firms most committed to pro bono service throughout the profession. 

Diversity at Jenner & Block

"Jenner & Block is committed to hiring and promoting a diverse workforce. Our goal is to recruit the best lawyers and provide an atmosphere that will allow each lawyer the opportunity to succeed and achieve their fullest potential. To accomplish this, we hire and develop lawyers without reference to race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Our actions reflect our deep-seated commitment to equality and social justice, as well as our belief that diverse teams arrive at better and more..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Hiring is extremely competitive. Most DC associates come from a clerkship. The summer associates who come back after the summer almost all eventually line up a clerkship. The firm prioritizes law school, journal experience, diversity, and fit. The firm has guidance for people conducting interviews.”
  • “I believe my firm is looking for passionate and intelligent attorneys who are interested in doing high-quality, fascinating work, and who will contribute to a culture of acceptance and respect across all offices.”
  • “The firm does not place a high level of importance on law school attended, which I believe is important for recruiting the strongest candidates. The firm does place value on clerkships, and prior work experience is relevant for laterals. The firm encourages and emphasizes diversity in its workforce.”
  • “The firm looks at the classic signs of high achievement: law school attended, grades, clerkship, etc. There is commitment to diversity, and it is working to recruit and retain diverse attorneys.”

Perks & Benefits

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