A top firm for labor and employment work, Morgan Lewis has an expansive worldwide reach across 31 offices. The firm attracts those who want to give back via pro bono work—20 hours are required for bonus eligibility—and who are seeking a non-hierarchical culture with ample transparency. Boasting an army of over 2,000 attorneys nationwide and worldwide, Morgan Lewis provides a wealth of opportunities to work on diverse and high-stakes matters among the firm’s core practice areas.
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Morgan Lewis is tough to beat as a destination for associates for many reasons, especially firm culture, attorney relations, training, diversity, and pro bono. The firm looks beyond the usual metrics for hiring, and specifically emphasizes prior work experience, personality, and diversity. Firm settings are collegial and collaborative, and social activities do not infringe on people’s time. Partners value associates and treat them as equals, which contributes to everyone feeling like part of the same team. Formal training is thorough, with CLEs, webinars, and offsite academies, with additional hands-on training coming from engaged mentors. Lateral hires feel welcomed and valued, just like other associates. Lean staffing means associates get the full range of experiences, from docu...
About the Firm
Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build a global network of lawyers in 31 offices, reaching from Boston to Singapore and San Francisco to Dubai. The firm’s strengths include litigation, labor and employment, employee benefits, intellectual property, energy, investment management, structured transactions, and a variety of regulatory areas.
Philly Roots, Global Presence
Morgan Lewis was founded in Philadelphia in 1873 by Charles Eldridge Morgan, Jr., a Civil War vet, and Francis Draper Lewis, a cotton merchant’s son. Ten years later, Morgan and Lewis hired Morris Rex Bockius, who became a driving force behind the firm for nearly four decades. In the early 1880s, the firm’s fortunes soared when it acquired United Gas Improvement Company as a client; the company ...
- “Colleagues are welcoming and respectful. Partners are understanding, and willing to mentor junior associates. The legal and admin staff are incredibly supportive and work together as a team with the attorneys. Overall, firm culture is excellent.”
- “Morgan Lewis has a culture of collaboration, not competition. Lawyers often socialize both in firm-sponsored events and after hours. The day-to-day atmosphere is friendly, and enjoyable to be a part of.”
- “The practice at Morgan Lewis is high level and sophisticated, but culturally, the firm is more laid back than some of its peers. Partners and associates are polite, look out for one another, and are committed to providing excellent client service, while also maintaining a collegial work atmosphere.”
- “The firm is casual, unpretentious, and deeply friendly. We work hard, but do so with a respect for people's time, and an extremely collaborative mindset.”
Why Work Here
At Morgan Lewis, our greatest strength is the company we keep. If you want to be an exceptional lawyer with superior legal skills, a collaborative spirit, and a commitment to advancing the legal profession, we invite you to learn more about Morgan Lewis, where working collaboratively is in our DNA.
Our talented lawyers know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That supporting and appreciating individuals is necessary for team success. That our clients value insight, empathy, and trustworthiness as much as legal advice. We are motivated every day to harness our collective power to deliver exceptional service to our clients around the globe.
Diversity at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Getting Hired Here
- “The firm obviously wants people with great grades and at least a decent law school—these are standard. But above that, I think the most important thing is collegiality. If the firm feels like you will be a bad apple within the firm, they will not allow you to spoil the bushel.”
- “The firm does not limit itself to top law schools, and considers a variety of candidates. The firm is interested in grades, success in law school, and work experience, but is also very focused on cultural and personality fit at the firm.”
- “They want people who can do the work efficiently. Hiring straight out of law school tends towards prestige, but laterals tend towards those with the knowledge and law firm backgrounds who can get the work done.”
- “Our firm considers candidates holistically for legal skills, grades, prior work experience, personality, diversity, and overall fit with the firm's culture and values.”