Venable LLP - The Inside View

Venable in a nutshell? “A strong regulatory practice, industry breadth, with a national presence,” and a quirky culture that gives associates good vibes...

MOST associates told us they picked Venable for two main reasons: its "great reputation" in Baltimore and DC, and the "down-to-earth vibe and people." In fact, a couple contrasted their experiences of OCI and callbacks at Venable with the negative big New York firm stereotype. One had encountered at another firm in NYC "a snooty woman dressed in way too much Prada," while the other chose Venable because they "didn't want the snobbish, aristocratic type." Here, by comparison, "even from the first screening interview I had a good time, people had a sense of humor, and the callback was the same. I didn't feel anyone was hiding anything from me."

While most lawyers – around three-quarters – are based in Maryland (where the firm was founded in 1900) and Washington, DC (the largest office), Venable has increased its national expansion in recent years. There are around 88 attorneys in California, 80 in New York, 26 in Virginia and a couple in Delaware. Practice area-wise, Chambers USA gives top and high marks for expertise including corporate/M&A, litigation, government, regulation, intellectual property, real estate, REITs, and employee benefits. Clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, BlackBerry and Sony Mobile. Associates relished “the personal touch to things. We don't have an email culture, partners just come and talk to you and people drop the pretense.” And we can't fail to mention Venable's rooftop bocce courts, where lawyers challenge each other to high-stakes games: the stuff of legend.

The Work

Associates praised Venable for its “strong regulatory practice, industry breadth, with a national presence.” All interviewees worked in either government, litigation, business law or IP. Under that, there are specialist categories. For example, government associates can be part of groups that include regulatory, environmental or government contract work. DC insiders said that here “most people go to regulation, several to commercial litigation, with at least a couple in IP. New York, LA and DC are hot spots for IP. But regulation is always the most popular in DC as there are loads of federal agencies here.”

“I've never had a doc review project; I'm afraid I don't know how to do it."

The informal assignment system works on a relationship basis. “As first-years, we have informal meetings with practice group leaders and then fill out monthly project logs to see if we need to put the breaks on or get more work.” Once staffed on matters, typical rookie tasks include "a lot of research and drafting memos and emails to clients. I get to take the first stab at everything.” Sources in regulation indicated that “I wouldn't say I was staffed to a case but more staffed to a client. I am the contact point for the client. I help negotiate contracts and sit in board meetings. The learning curve in regulation is steep. But you hit your stride in the first ten months and then you’re expected to feel comfortable to not be as guided.”

Juniors happily reported that “I've never had a doc review project; I'm afraid I don't know how to do it! The most fulfilling work is when you help decide client strategy. Should we go to court or negotiate or find an innovative way to fix the problem? Then you research to back up your choice. I mostly spend my day researching and writing.” Transactional associates described how they were “given more responsibility in smaller groups. I've been seconded to major clients' in-house legal teams. I've become the prime point of contact on deals and negotiated them.” For more on The Work, read our Bonus Features.

Training & Development

“There is so much billable work it's more on-the-job training” than time-consuming formal sessions, explained one associate. Most liked this because “diving in is much more valuable than watching a PowerPoint!” Training is practice group-specific. For example, real estate newbies do things differently in the beginning with “two to four hours of training every week where partners walk you through major topics. They make time for you.” Managing partner Lindsay Meyer explains that “we've further enhanced the Venable Academy curriculum by introducing workshops on how to manage projects, communication, financial understanding and depositions in particular.”

“Diving in is much more valuable than watching a PowerPoint!”

Juniors are treated to a yearly formal review which “starts in September and a neutral third party comes around to discuss the evaluations from selected people you've worked with.” However, “realistically you are evaluated on every assignment. It's about constantly developing and getting tricks that the partners wish they knew sooner in their own practices.” Others detailed the Preceptor Program for first-years which pairs new starters with an associate and partner mentor. Some felt that “although there is a mentoring program, it very quickly drops out of people's minds.” However, respondents divulged that “it's a resource on how to navigate the office and develop your career. All partners and seniors are willing to impart wisdom. There is a big focus on educating younger attorneys and giving them a platform for success. The firm has made an investment and wants to retain associates.”

Pro Bono

In 2015, Venable unveiled the Gerry Treanor Pro Bono Fellowship. Associates work for six months offering legal advice at either Bread for the City (a charity for vulnerable DC residents) or Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore. Those who took part detailed how they were “in court multiple times a week, meeting people for the first time and then going in front of a judge and arguing for them. It was a great experience.”

"You give quick and dirty advice." 

All sources agreed that “pro bono is a great way to ingratiate yourself in court and help people out. There's really no other way in the first four years that I would see inside a court, unless I was working for a small client.”

Pro bono hours 

  • For all attorneys across all offices: 28,869 
  • Average per US attorney: 36

Hours & Compensation

First-years have a reduced billable hour target of 1,800 hours per year, which then increases to 1,900 for second-years and above. To be bonus-eligible, juniors must reach 1,950 hours, of which 50 hours can be pro bono work. All associates concurred that “people don't really shoot for bonuses: they aren't very much and it's not worth the time away from family.” Others added: “They're a little lower than the industry and other firms of our size. The market rate is about $15,000, and we aren't close to that.”

Hours aren't something that keep people up at night."

Far from being disheartened, juniors praised the flexibility that this engendered. “Hours aren't something that keep people up at night. In niche practice areas you can't predict when there will be a major case, so people don't get worried and there aren't repercussions.” While hours inevitably fluctuate between practice groups and depending on how busy people are, most felt that the “hours are pretty reasonable and because we're not a face-time firm, there's a lot of freedom.”

Offices & Culture

Nine hubs span the States to make up the Venable network, with all associates starting out immediately in their own offices. The DC office takes pride of place as the largest of all outposts. However, the Baltimore founding office still has a hold over attorneys. “DC has more people but Baltimore feels like the stronghold.” One Baltimore local joked that DC gives a frostier reception to new starters, whereas “here it's more down to earth.” However, this was the extent of the rivalry between bases, as interviewees stressed that “there's a strong interoffice synergy. For example, in litigation it's very common for the team to either go to DC or New York.”

"There's a trophy and massive bragging rights."

Interviewees valued the time partners took to shoulder the bulk of the workload, instead of dumping it on associates. One even eulogized: “Partners are very modest but brilliant and are real role models.” This camaraderie is enhanced by the balance between “times to be serious and times to relax. Partners frequently invite associates to their homes for holiday or drinks parties.” Generally, “they want you to bill but not burn out. For example, a partner told me that I wasn't taking enough time off.”

But the standout event at Venable has to be the summer bocce tournament with its own purpose built roof-top court in DC and Baltimore. Things can get a little bit out of hand. Associates explained that “there are three rounds and you play in teams of two. It's a big deal, there's a trophy and massive bragging rights. IP takes it way too seriously and we trash-talk.”


“It's not very diverse,” claimed one source. However, all interviewees extolled Venable “for trying really hard.” They raised the fact that the firm is specifically trying promote female attorneys. The Women Attorneys at Venable group (WAVe), focuses on retention and promotion of women at the firm. They do this by, among other things, “hosting lunch meetings and external speakers every month to focus on business development both internally and externally.”

"Everyone is different and that's really valued." 

Some juniors detailed that although there were more partners than female in their groups, at associate level it's a different story, with plenty of working mothers. Others said that “for the most part it's a meritocracy. Everyone is different and that's really valued because we all give different perspectives to clients.”

However, although “women at the firm are given a lot of opportunities, it comes down to individual choices. If you want to have kids they're very accommodating, but it comes to a point where you have to decide what comes first.” Still, the Diversity Committee oversees various initiatives. For example, Venable supports groups like the “Asian American Bar Association. They pay the membership fees and sponsor dinner tables at different events. So they are working on it.” There's also a 1L diversity program which takes scholars in the Baltimore and DC offices.

Get Hired

“Typically, you have to be top of your class, but we're definitely not restricted to the T14,” explains legal recruiting manager, Shannon Curry and senior director of attorney recruiting, Kera Wise. Going further, juniors disclosed time-proven interview strategies. “It's a cliché but it is true: the 'be yourself' tactic. You'll be working with these people a lot so you might as well get it all out there.” Others elaborated that “we all go to interchangeably good law schools, get good grades. So they hire based on personality. In my interview I didn't talk about the law that much, but more about my own interests.”

“You should do your homework." 

DC sources recommended that “you should do your homework. Research the firm's practice areas because sometimes they're not always on the website. I tried to find alumni from law school who went to Venable, to learn more about the firm. When I interviewed, I could say, 'I spoke with X and this is interesting because Y.' It shows you are pursuing the firm. It's simple and doesn't take much time to set yourself apart from the pack.”

Strategy & Future

Explaining Venable's historic rearrangement from Baltimore to DC, associates said: “We moved because the government and federal agencies are located in DC, so now we have a unique ability to access regulatory, policy and decision-making officials. We have had a recent push in state regulation practices. The intersection between business, politics and law happens in DC, so it was a good shift for the firm.” Insiders also revealed that “we have a booming privacy group” and budding litigators will be happy to hear that “the two main litigation practices in IP and general commercial are also super-busy.” Others suggested that “every department is always busy. To be any busier sounds terrifying.”

To furnish itself for the future, the DC HQ is “moving to a new building, as upper management wants to equip all attorneys with the tools they need to thrive and succeed. They've spent a lot of time designing new work spaces to foster a collaborative environment. Don't worry, the bocce court is coming with us too! It's even written into the contract that we'll have another one.” Lindsay Meyer tells us that “our target is to move in by the first quarter of 2017. So we need to start spring cleaning.”

More on The Work at Venable


All things government and regulatory take pride of place in the Washington mothership. Insiders explained that under the umbrella of the government division, “the regulatory practice is the largest and it encompasses State and local regulation, government contracts, legislative practice and environmental work.” The privacy group also plays a big role in DC. Privacy juniors can engage in a vast array of work ranging from data security to compliance, with a focus in industry best practices and statutory interpretation. A preponderance of the practice deals with data security issues and how they correlate to companies. Every company has data that needs protection, so there are a lot of opportunities out there for fledglings.

IP also has strong ties with the DC hub and New York especially. New York has coincidentally just celebrated its tenth year of growth and development and also specializes in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, real estate and consumer regulation. But for those who salivate at all things tech, then here's what you need to know. Associates agreed that the work was meaty right from the off. Second years have “taken a deposition in a multimillion dollar patent litigation.” Others recounted how they were “in charge of managing deadlines on matters. My work is a lot in discovery management and dispute arguing with my counterparts for the opposition. I also work with the clients themselves in preparing for depositions.”

Most burgeoning IP lawyers will have been told that a background in the sciences is an absolute must. However, sources here offered a contrary view. Interviewees stressed that “the legal market does consider science as a necessity. But there is an awareness here that science is only truly necessary if you want to practice in front of the patent office. Today our practice is focused on the representation of companies that put consumer goods in the market. Therefore, from a litigation standpoint, we deal with companies who are victims of unfair competitions or false advertising situations.”

Litigators find prominence in Maryland in particular, in the founding hub in Baltimore. Litigation is sub-divided into areas that can encompass labor & employment, investigations & white collar, defense or commercial work. Commercial litigation is then further broken down by office location, e.g. litigation/commercial New York or litigation/commercial South.

Under the overarching business law practice, associates can find themselves in specialist groups that include corporate, real estate or bankruptcy. Baltimore newbies stressed that “our corporate practice is really good and we are the best firm for REIT ( real estate investment trusts.) We have a big products group that deals with a lot of huge pharmaceutical clients. It's very niche and very high pressure and those clients have no respect for your time.”

Bankruptcy babies told us that “a huge part of it is research and writing. Now I get to write entire briefs on my own.” Others had written motions to dismiss and had started to take the reigns on small matters in the beginning of their second year. However, out of all of our interviews bankruptcy insiders detailed the most hectic work schedule with some recounting that they had worked on a matter until “4am on a Sunday for an 8am hearing on the Monday, but it was so much fun.” 

All you need to know about bocce

Perhaps 'bocce' doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of the world's great team sports. But don't be too quick to dismiss this satisfying game, which has ancient roots and a huge following, even today... Bocce can be traced all the way back to the Egyptians, who first used polished stones in order to play. We have visual proof to confirm this, as graphic representations of people throwing stones at a fixed target were discovered in an Egyptian tomb – telling us that the Egyptians went nuts for a bit of bocce, even as far back as 5200 BC.

Then the Greeks got on board around 800 BC, before passing the game on to the Romans, who, surprisingly enough, would use coconuts they'd sourced from Africa. Thankfully, the Romans had enough ingenuity to later carve the bocce balls out of olive wood, saving themselves the trouble of crossing the water to Africa every time they were in the mood for a good game of bocce.

Despite its immense rise in popularity, bocce didn't make everyone happy throughout the ages. In fact, it made rather a lot of people quite anxious. The problem was that bocce became just a bit too popular, creating fears over – of all things – national security: in 1319, those of 'lower nobility' were actually banned from playing the game, as it detracted from efforts to defend the borders. They should have been, of course, directing their energies toward more useful activities, like practicing archery or sharpening their military skills.

Later, in 1576, the Republic of Venice imposed imprisonment and fines for those caught indulging, while eventually even the Catholic Church became riled by the sport, and banned clergymen from playing, as it was seen to facilitate an inevitable degree of gambling. However, famous folk like Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake still loved a fierce game of bocce, and in England the sport eventually became known as 'bowls'.

The Brits decided to ditch the unsightly strip of stone dust, and replaced it with the far more aesthetically pleasing stretch of closely cropped grass. This was the form in which bocce initially traveled across the pond, when, in the 18th century, the very first playing field was set up on the southern tip of Manhattan.

Back in continental Europe, a bocce renaissance was enjoyed in the 19th century, thanks to the efforts of Italian mastermind Giuseppe Garibaldi, who, among other things, helped to unify Italy (no big deal) during the 1860s. Garibaldi was also an intimidatingly good bocce player, and his enthusiasm for the game was contagious. By 1896, the first 'Bocce Olympiad' was held in Athens, sealing the game's fate to become an increasing part of the international sporting arena.

When a flurry of Italian immigrants made their way to the US during the early 20th century, they brought with them their love of bocce, displacing the grassy British version of the game, which heretofore had ruled that southern tip of Manhattan. Bocce soon became a regular part of life in the towns and cities where Italians settled, but it wasn't until 1989 that things really heated up on the bocce courts, when, for some unknown reason, bocce became a craze across sunny California. Yes, those deliriously happy and sun-drenched Californians took to it like ducks to water, preempting a more national wave of adoration.

The best thing about bocce is that you don't exactly need a solid rack of rock-hard abs or to be in the most pristine of physical conditions in order to play. So, without further ado, let's look at how you play this physically undemanding but emotionally gratifying game...

  • A game can be played between two people, or two teams of two, three or four people
  • Each player is given two 'boccia'/balls
  • One team tosses a 'pallino'/small ball onto the court
  • Each team attempts to throw their boccia closest to the pallino
  • The boccia which lands closest to the pallino receives the most points
  • The skill level is ramped up by the attempt to simultaneously pitch your boccia closest to the pallino while displacing your opponent's already tossed boccia further away from it
  • The length of the game can vary between seven and 13 points

And there you have it, nice and simple, in a nutshell. Sounds easy doesn't it? For those of you who harbor more serious bocce aspirations and want to thoroughly show off on the court, we thoroughly recommend taking a peek at The United States Bocce Federation website (, which delivers handy pointers on four-step runs, varying speed limits and how to hone that all-important underarm technique. You can thank us later.

Interview with managing partner Lindsay Meyer

Chambers Associate: What have been Venable's highlights from the past 12 months?

Lindsay Meyer: Unlike many firms that have gone to spread their firms around the globe, we've focussed on steady strategic growth, particularly LA, New York and San Francisco. In fact, last year was our ten year anniversary in New York and we’re coming up on ten years in LA. In New York we started with 12 attorneys and now we have 80. It's a similar story in LA, we now have 75. In San Francisco we've gone from three to 15. Our geographic focus on enhancing our 'DC-ness' by becoming an even stronger regulatory and legislative firm. To do this, we've hired Ari Schwartz as our new managing director of cybersecurity services, who prior to this was the Whitehouse senior director of cybersecurity. This is explosive for us. We've also hired Michael Bresnick as the chair of the financial services investigations and enforcement practice. He was the former executive director of President Obama's financial fraud enforcement task force from 2011-13. We look to the future to refine our strong areas of practice today.

In New York specifically, we want to strengthen our corporate presence. We've had three partners join us who have particular expertise in international corporate work. They were Michele Maney, Philip von Mehren and Stacey Delich-Gould who has joined the tax & wealth planning group. We've had a banner year but we're not complacent. We're mindful of the forecast of business and legal needs. So we want to put ourselves on strong footing to address those needs for our clients.

CA: We know that the headquarters is moving, what can we expect from this?

LM: We're moving seven blocks North of our current site. Thirteen years ago we moved into a historic building in new part of town. Now, again we're moving to an up and coming part of town, that isn't a traditional business area. Our new building will have a lot more ambient light and more uniform office sizes for each band of attorney; associates and partners. Our current building has a lot of space constraints because it is historical. So we want to make the new one more efficient and integrated throughout. But of course, our Bocce Court is our signature feature which is always used, even by the folks on Capital Hill for different legal events. Our target is to move in by the First Quarter of 2017. So we need to start spring cleaning.

CA: We know that corporate work across the board had a stellar year in 2015 because of the market. What other areas are hot right now?

LM: If you look at Venable as a whole, you can see we have a very diversified practice but we have particular strengths in certain areas. Corporate is fuelled this way by cyclical markets and now we've seen a mid-market consolidation in the Government contracts space. In acquisitions we've seen a lot of foreign activity tied in with the committee of foreign investments. Privacy and cybersecurity has continued to be spectacularly attractive to clients with modern businesses who face these modern problems. We’ve seen a lot of pharmaceuticals work in the product liability and complex litigation spheres. Bankruptcy and in particular the specialised financing of bankruptcy has been incredible, largely due to the team lead by Gregory Cross. In fact, we've just closed on the second largest bankruptcy matter in New York.

CA: How would you define the firm's culture?

LM: I've been here for over 28 years. I started as an associate and now I'm a partner, so I've seen it from every perspective. I'm proud to say the culture hasn’t changed over the course of those years. We have always had an environment of excellent lawyering, while being supportive of continual growth. We're not a highly leveraged firm, so associates of all levels get good exposure to substantive matters early on, obviously with support. This was true of my career. I've experienced it and I will endeavour to nurture it myself. This is supported by our partner to associate ratio being 1:1. Also we've fed this into our new pro bono fellow program. This is another opportunity to learn, but from a pro bono perspective and get valuable hands on experience, which is reflective of who we are. We've further enhanced the Venable Academy curriculum by introducing workshops on how to manage projects, communication, financial understanding and depositions in particular. It's an emphasis on listening to experienced attorneys to help them continue to become better lawyers. It's a mixture of high calibre work, with the support to help you get it done. Now we have a phenomenal group of associates. I don't know if I should be broadcasting that as I don't want people taking them away from us. But, they've come from a wealth of different law schools so that we now have a terrifically diverse and interesting group that filters through into who we are and how we work.

CA: Finally, do you have any words of wisdom for our readers?

LM: Find what your true interest really is. When you enjoy what you do, you overcome challenges and continue to grow which is the most rewarding. I love what I do. I love the management side and the practice side. Don't become pigeon holed in a practice area because someone else thinks you should be in it. Life is short and this is an important career, so investing in yourself and giving yourself the opportunity to dabble, taste and try different areas will hopefully allow you to reap the rewards fourfold.

Interview with Shannon Curry, legal recruiting manager and Kera Wise, senior director of attorney recruiting

Chambers Associate: Roughly how many associates do you take on each year?

Shannon Curry & Kera Wise: We are always working on growth. Our summer associate class has been roughly the same size for the last two years. This year it was 30, but that doesn't include the folks who have clerkships. Next year we have 34 lined up. In terms of laterals, it varies by office. For example, DC is our biggest office so we would naturally have the most people join there.

CA: What's the scope of your recruiting drive?

SC&KW: We are strong in the mid-Atlantic area. Over the past ten years, we've especially grown exponentially in our New York and LA offices, which we are proud of. We typically recruit so that we are geographically pulling from the areas where we have summer programs. Naturally, we do recruit from the top schools like Harvard, Stanford and Penn, but we also go to a number of local schools that we have good relationships with. Typically, you have to be top of your class, but we're definitely not restricted to the T14.

CA: What does Venable do to promote diversity in recruiting?

SC&KW: It's very important to us. We are a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and through this we run and host a 1L LCLD scholar in both our DC and Baltimore offices. The program operates by allowing diverse summers to split their summer between working with us and working with either Fannie Mae (DC) or Exelon (Baltimore). We take part in several programmes in an effort to ramp up diversity. We also operate a diversity fellowship through our partnership with LCLD at both the associate and partner level. Once a fellow has been selected, he/she attends seminars and conferences, twice a year as a junior and four times a year when they become senior fellows, and receive one-on-one mentoring. The seminars typically focus on the networking side of lawyering and building a practice. The focus is on helping diverse associates navigate the decisions you make in a law firm and making clients.

CA: What are you looking for in a candidate?

SC&KW: We look at great academics and doing well in school. You have to demonstrate an interest in the practice of law. We're looking for someone who will work well with the firm and our clients, which is very important. There is no one personality type that fits, but we are a collegial firm, so we want someone who goes to that too.

CA: What can students do now to prepare and stand out in an interview?

SC&KW: For the most part, taking specific courses now isn't that important. We look for people who do really well across the board. That's our criteria for summers; well-rounded individuals who have been successful at undergrad. Previous experience would be helpful. For IP it's a little different, as we recruit from the tech division for both IP patent and litigation. For patent prosecution in particular, you do need a science background. Obviously we aren't looking to fill an entire class with people like this, but we do keep an eye out.

CA: What's on offer in the Venable summer program?

SC&KW: Our most unique feature is the ability for summers to engage in real work. We want you to have fun, but also have a realistic view of what it's like to be an actual associate. There is no formal rotation system. Instead, we put you into groups that you've listed as a preference. But with this, we know that as law students, your interest can evolve and change. If you come with a specific interest, we make sure that you get that exposure. But we also make sure that you get some time outside of your comfort zone. Even if you don't like that new experience, at the very least you'll have made contacts. We try to make it so that summers can integrate themselves fully and push themselves in different types of work. We also make sure that folks who have come from out of town get to know the city. We host different events in different offices that pick up on individual local culture. We also try to vary the guest lists to each event, so that you don't just meet the same people but rather a range.

CA: How would you describe the culture at Venable?

SC&KW: It's pretty similar office to office. Each office does have a slightly different feel, but in general the firm has tried very hard when we expanded into new cities to keep what makes us Venable. Associates across all offices get a lot of responsibility early on. We have a ratio of 1:1 associates to partners/seniors. So there is a lot of opportunity to work like this, which we believe makes us different from some other large firms. It gives the associates opportunity to come in and take on meaningful work, which comes through even as a summer. Certainly there are limitations on what you can work on as a summer. But still you work a lot with partners and get very involved in whatever it is that you are staffed on. This is so that if you do come back, you can continue to work on what you've been doing as a summer, when you become a first-year. Even if you don't come back, we have a number of associates who have remained in contact with partners who have then kept them updated with what's gone on with what they were working on.

Venable LLP

575 7th Street, NW,
Washington, DC,

  • Head Office: Washington, DC
  • Number of domestic offices: 9
  • Worldwide revenue: $477,200,000
  • Partners (US): 287
  • Associates (US): 241
  • Summer Salary 2016  
  • 1Ls: N/A
  • 2Ls: $3076/week
  • Post 3Ls: N/A
  • 1Ls hired? No
  • Split summers offered? No
  • Can summers spend time in overseas office? N/A
  • Summers 2016: 34
  • Offers/acceptances 2015: 37 offers, 37 acceptances

Main areas of work
Government and regulatory affairs, corporate law and business transactions, complex litigation, technology and intellectual property.

Firm profile
Venable is an American Lawyer 100 law firm. With approximately 650 attorneys in nine offices across the country, we are strategically positioned to advance our clients’ business objectives in the US and abroad. Our clients rely on Venable’s proven capabilities in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory and government affairs. Venable attorneys, many of whom have served in senior corporate, regulatory, prosecutorial, legislative and executive branch positions, understand the needs of their clients.

Recruitment details
• Number of 1st year associates: 31
• Number of 2nd year associates: 25
• Associate salaries: 1st year: $180,000
• Clerking policy: Yes

Law Schools attending for OCIs in 2016:
American University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Berkley Law, Brooklyn Law School, Univ. of Baltimore, Catholic University, Cornell, UC Davis, Duke, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, UC Hastings, Howard, UCI Law, Loyola Law School (LA), UCLA, Univ. of Maryland, Univ. of Michigan, New York Law School, NYU, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Richmond, Univ. of San Francisco, USC, Stanford, Vanderbilt, UVA, and William & Mary. We will also attend the Southeastern Minority Job Fair, Mid-Atlantic BLSA Job Fair, Western Region BLSA Job Fair, Northeast Region BLSA Job Fair, and Lavender Law Job Fair

Summer details
Summer associate profile:
We consider candidates whose personal and academic achievements demonstrate a commitment to excellence, who act with integrity, and who want to help clients solve problems in a large law firm environment.

Summer program components:
In 2015, Venable’s summer associate program was ranked #4 Best Overall Summer Associate Program and #1 Best Prepares for Practice by Vault. Our summer associate program is designed to give our summer associates a realistic depiction of everyday life as a junior associate. Each summer associate is assigned a partner mentor and an associate mentor. Summer associates receive real work assignments on behalf of real clients – the same types of assignments our junior associates receive throughout the year. Assignments come from a mix of practice areas, and are supplemented with “take-alongs”. Each assignment is reviewed after it is completed and each summer associate receives a formal midsummer and end of summer review by a member of the Hiring Committee. In addition to fun, local events, there are informal dinners, happy hours, and “take a partner to lunch” opportunities to get to know our attorneys. Venable also provides professional development workshops, such as legal writing, communication and time management, to the summer associates during the course of the program.