Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - The Inside View

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC,

  • Head Office:  
  • Number of domestic offices: 9
  • Number of international offices: 4
  • Worldwide revenue: $944,732,000 (combined 2016 revenue for legacy Arnold & Porter and legacy Kaye Scholer)
  • Partners (US): 319
  • Associates (US): 479 (includes 49 staff attorneys)
  • Main Recruitment Contact: Jennifer Gewertz, Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting
  • Hiring Partner: Ellen Fleishhacker, Catherine Schumacher and Darren Skinner
  • Recruitment website:
  • Summer Salary 2017:  
  • 1Ls: $3,465 per week  
  • 2Ls: $3,465 per week
  • Post 3Ls:1Ls Hired? N/A Varies by office
  • Split summers offered? Yes
  • Can summers spend time in overseas office? No
  • Summers 2017: 64
  • Offers/acceptances 2016: 56 offers, 50 acceptances (2 offers outstanding) - combined numbers for legacy Arnold & Porter and legacy Kaye Scholer

Main areas of work:

Our 1,000+ attorneys in 13 domestic and international offices practice across more than 30 areas, including corporate, finance, intellectual property, life sciences, litigation, real estate, and tax, provide clients a multi-disciplinary approach to their most complex legal issues. Our global reach, experience, and deep knowledge allow us to work across geographic, cultural, technological, and ideological borders. The Firms attorneys are consistently recognized by Chambers and American Lawyer as leading practitioners in their respective practice areas.

Firm profile:
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP combines 100 years of business acumen and a common devotion to first-class legal work. With renowned regulatory experience, sophisticated litigation and transactional practitioners, and leading multidisciplinary practices, it is the firm of choice for 133 Fortune 250 companies. Recent commercial work includes representing AMC Entertainment in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas, creating the largest movie theater chain in the US, as well as a remarkable string of 26 international arbitration victories on behalf of various Latin American countries.

Service is a core value of the Firm, as demonstrated by our leading pro bono program. Our attorneys performed more than 97,500 hours of pro bono work in 2016. Projects run the spectrum of legal work from representing voting rights organizations and individual voters in federal and state courts, immigration and asylum efforts assisting detainees and victims of domestic violence to partnering with commercial clients’ in-house counsel on naturalization and consumer law projects, and collaborating with a non-profit to advise their grant recipients on topics including contracts, corporate governance, and tax issues. Our attorneys are also committed to government service, with many of the Firm’s lawyers previously holding senior positions in the White House and in US government agencies.

We are committed to the training and professional development of our associates. The Firm offers comprehensive professional development programs, which include extended orientation and integration programs; introductory and advanced training in multiple areas of the law; skills training in the areas of communication, business, management, leadership, and technology; and a "real-time" training program that allows junior attorneys to shadow and observe more senior attorneys in daily practice. Our summer associate program includes events to introduce the Firm’s work and attorneys, and an open invitation to participate in Firm-wide training programs. The Firm also has two career development counselors who work one-on-one with attorneys to assist in the development and advancement of their careers.

Diversity and inclusion are core values, and the Firm is committed to cultivating a positive and supportive work environment where all talent is accorded dignity and respect. Our Firm values the contribution that each person makes as an individual, and all attorneys, regardless of experience level, are encouraged to participate fully in the work of the Firm. Voluntarily formed affinity/resource groups offer professional and social support to minorities, women, LGBT lawyers, parents, and military veterans practicing at the Firm. In order to encourage a diverse spectrum of people to consider Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer among their career options, we reach out to diverse segments of the population in our recruiting efforts. The Firm participates in career development programs and minority job fairs; provides scholarships to diverse law students; and proactively reaches out to LGBT, women, veteran, and minority law student associations.

In our effort to promote a comfortable and positive work environment for all, the Firm offers benefits that help our attorneys integrate professional and personal commitments. To help parents balance work and family, we have a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited Children's Center in our Washington, DC office for up to 62 children. We have emergency back-up care in all of our domestic offices. Employees are eligible for up to 15 days of care. Priority access is also available in all our domestic offices at select centers. All of our offices provide a private room or make privacy arrangement for nursing mothers. Our generous paid parental/adoption leave policy includes 18 weeks paid leave for the primary caretaker, and six weeks paid parental leave for the secondary caretaker. This leave applies equally to attorneys and staff members, regardless of tenure with our Firm. Associates may use unpaid leave to extend their time away from the Firm for up to one year. Part-time work schedules are utilized by about 10% of attorneys and staff, providing a critical tool to help our employees to balance work and home lives. For more about the Firm, visit our website at

Recruitment details
• Number of 1st year associates: 41
• Number of 2nd year associates: 38
• Associate salaries:
1st year: $180,000
• Clerking policy: yes

Law Schools attending for OCIs in 2017:
Brooklyn, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, GW, Harvard, Howard, Loyola - Los Angeles, Michigan, NYU, Northwestern, St. John’s, Stanford, Texas, Tulane, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Hastings, UC Irvine, UCLA, U of Colorado, U of Denver, U of Houston, U Penn, USC, UVA, Yale Summer details

Summer associate profile:
Our Firm is a collection of independent, diverse personalities who share a common devotion to first class legal work and client service. We seek candidates with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements, as well as relevant work experience.

Summer program components:
Our summer associates experience first-hand the Firm’s strong commitment to excellence, diversity, pro bono work, and professional development, working side-by-side with our attorneys on actual client matters. We seek to match assignments to the interests each summer associate has identified, including pro bono work. Our summer associates participate in the Firm’s extensive training programs, including attending a retreat in the Washington, DC office. All summer associates have mentors and receive feedback on each assignment. Our summer program features a mix of events designed to appeal to a broad range of interests.