Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - The Inside View

As the dust settles on its 2017 merger, A&P is focused on further consolidation and expansion outside of its strongholds in New York and DC.

KICKING off 2017 with a bang, DC-headquartered Arnold & Porter officially tied the knot with New Yorkers Kaye Scholer on New Year's Day. The joining of these two AmLaw 100 firms created a legal hotshot with over 1,000 lawyers, 13 offices worldwide and more than 30 practice areas. Juniors who'd originally applied to either A&P or KS suddenly found themselves part of something bigger, but any concerns that they'd ended up somewhere completely different were quickly dissipated. “I'm happy with my decision to come here,” one reflected. “I think the firms have came together really well.” Another source revealed that “people joke about how even the separate office buildings themselves seem very similar – they have the same materials and decor.” Further indicating a happy honeymoon period is the firm's recent name change, from the rather convoluted 'Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer' to the much smoother 'Arnold & Porter.'

“...we're keen to carry forward that momentum across all of our offices.”

Our interviewees reflected the views of those at the very top: chairman Richard Alexander tells us: “The two firms would not have combined if we hadn't had confidence that there was a cultural fit.” There were also beneficial practice area and industry synergies, as Alexander explains: “The combination puts us in an elite position in the life sciences industry because we have the core expertise for the range of issues: regulatory, litigation, counseling, antitrust, etc.” He adds: “Real estate finance and finance more generally are areas of great strength to the firm. Then we have a very strong regulatory practice among other areas, like the government contracts, environmental, banking, securities and white-collar spaces.” Most of these areas pick up accolades in Chambers USA,and other practices of note include antitrust, general commercial litigation and IP, as well as corporate/M&A & private equity.

Strategy & Future

“We will continue our ongoing efforts to cross-sell our strengthened expertise as a combined firm and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace,” Alexander adds. “We want to continue to make sure the marketplace is aware of what we think is a unique a platform. We are focused on building on what we have done  – and we're keen to carry forward that momentum across all of our offices.”

Does A&P have its eye on expansion into new markets? “We're always looking for opportunistic expansions, but there's no particular market in mind at the moment,” Alexander explains. “We are also focused on the lateral market – we're really pleased that Bill Baer and Debbie Feinstein, two prominent antitrust practitioners in the US, returned to the firm. We will continue to invest in the practice areas in which we are well known and will work to grow all of our offices given our strengthened balance sheet.”

The Work

Half of the junior associates on our list were working within A&P's expansive general litigation department. The firm's real estate, IP & technology, and corporate & finance practices took on a fair number of the remaining half, while groups like life sciences, government contracts and antitrust only took on a few each. In the larger practices, juniors are assigned work through an assignment coordinating committee, which is made up of both assigning partners and non-attorney practice managers. Associates can still get their work more organically, however: “A natural part of BigLaw is developing relationships with partners, so you can end up working with them outside of the assigning system.” Others in smaller offices or teams reported a more informal approach to assignment overall: “It would be nice if someone knew how much was on my plate before calling me, but I like that I can pick and choose which relationships I want to build.”

The umbrella of general litigation covers areas including intellectual property, employment, product liability, white-collar defense, and securities enforcement. “As a fairly junior lawyer, I wanted the opportunity to try out different areas, and I've been able to do just that.” Large product liability trials could “go on for many years,” so sources opted to balance these out with smaller white-collar cases (“on some of those it's just been me and a partner.”) Interviewees praised the “substantive experience” they'd been able to build, even on those larger cases where “you're not necessarily in the courtroom but still contributing to case strategy.” Smaller matters saw juniors “setting up client calls and traveling to attend client meetings,” and there's plenty of “brief writing and motion drafting” up for grabs too. “You're busy, but not often overwhelmed – if I ever feel that things are piling up too quickly the teams are very understanding.”

“I like that I can pick and choose which relationships I want to build.”

Real estate covers both real estate finance (mostly in New York), and more general transactions, like acquisitions and developments. Associates here had tried their hand at “drafting contracts, coordinating with clients and third parties, and dealing with closing logistics. You can also take on discrete drafting assignments outside of the main deals you're working on.” On the finance side, a lot of clients are lenders, though a portion of the work does involve representing borrowers. Over in IP & technology, sources had encountered companies from the “electronics, telecom and life sciences spheres.” Some had been honing their skills on medical device cases which exposed them to “drafting, research and fact-finding assignments during the discovery stage.”

Training & Development

All associates complete a few days of orientation training when they join, “which tells you all about how the firm operates and how to use the available technology to be efficient.” There's also a 'new associate retreat,' which lasts for two days and brings together all newbies from across the offices (“even the international ones”). It has been held in both the DC and New York offices in the past, and covers sessions on things like what is expected of associates, client service, networking skills, and the firm's core values. From then on, “there are constant training sessions offered,” which are tailored to associates' practice and year group. DC residents told us about some trial sessions that were currently being held, as well as a writing group “which meets monthly – it's fun and therapeutic, and teaches you how to make your writing stronger.”

“It's fun and therapeutic, and teaches you how to make your writing stronger.”

Despite the wealth of formal sessions on offer, sources across the board agreed that “the best learning comes from working on assignments and having good attorneys as your supervisors.” Interviewees were similarly relaxed about formal reviews (“they'll come by and go over what people have said about me – hopefully it'll all be good”), and were positive about the extent of feedback they were receiving on the job: “You get it simultaneously as you work, even if it's quick comments from partners to say they liked your work.”


A&P was deemed especially “supportive of family-friendly policies and work-life balance,” with the DC office boasting a “huge daycare center in the building where lots of attorneys send their kids.” Many sources agreed that “supervising attorneys are very understanding about people needing flexible schedules to coordinate other responsibilities. People are expected to get their work done, but we're given leeway when we need it.”

“The firm is full of genuinely kind, smart, hard-working people.”

“I really haven't noticed a difference since the merger,” one interviewee told us, capturing the consensus view on the topic. Another added: “The merger was a great fit. In New York Kaye Scholer had the larger office, so we didn't have a huge number of people come over, but we've made sure we've reached out, introduced ourselves socially and cross-staffed opportunities.” It was a similar story over in DC, where Arnold & Porter had the larger office, a source said: “We had a small group come over from Kaye Scholer, but it's been a seamless transition.” Overall, sources felt that both legacy firms “weren't over the top or flashy, in the way that some New York firms can be. Instead we're maybe a bit more reserved but welcoming, and the firm is full of genuinely kind, smart, hard-working people.”

On the social scene, the New York office has combined the best of both worlds from the legacy firms: Arnold & Porter's Thursday night staple of pizza and beer, and Kaye Scholer's Friday night tradition of cocktails and canapés. In DC, however, “the firm puts on a happy hour every day at 6pm. It's held in our garden room on the tenth floor, and while people don't attend every day, you can always find a crowd of people to sit and talk to.” The smaller offices usually host weekly drinks, and in Silicon Valley there's also a weekly yoga session which “does make people seem more human!”


New York and DC were where most of the juniors on our list resided (70% combined). Over in DC there's a lot of litigation and regulatory work available, and the office itself is “fantastic: it's only two years old and everything is clean, open and full of light.” In New York, litigation is the biggest group, but there's also a hefty corporate and finance offering. Juniors here share an office for the first two years before graduating to their own space in the third year.

Smaller bases include the recently renovated Silicon Valley office. It houses a prominent intellectual property department, as well as life sciences and corporate groups. The San Francisco office, meanwhile, is located in the financial district of the city, and has views of “Market Street, which is a bit like the Champs-Élysées of the city – okay, I'm exaggerating a bit but it is a beautiful city!” Here there's a good representation of the main practices, as well as specialist areas like attorney liability. “It's a midsized office in the network, but wedon't feel like the ugly stepsister – we definitely feel like we have a presence here.”


A&P has several active affinity groups that come complete with helpful acronyms: VALOR (Veterans and Affiliates Leadership Organization); ACCORD (Attorney Community Championing Our Racial Diversity); and WISE (Women's Initiative for Success and Empowerment). There's also a Pride group and a parents' network. These groups generally meet on a monthly basis, and a retreat recently brought all diverse attorneys together: “It was the first one hosted by the new firm, and hopefully it will become an annual thing.” Praise went out to A&P's recruitment efforts, especially in San Francisco, where “we host special events at local law schools in the Bay Area – it's a separate channel to the OCI process.” We heard that the firm's other offices also host similar events at local law schools.

Hours & Compensation

Associates become bonus eligible if they reach the firm's 2,000-hour billing target – 200 hours of which can be made up from pro bono and business development-related activities. Our interviewees agreed that reaching 1,800 hours of client billable work was “certainly achievable – most people are happy with that.” Daily starting and finishing times varied across the board, “but spending ten hours in the office standard.” Litigators found their schedules “more predictable than those in the transactional groups – you can maintain a fairly typical 9am to 7pm day.” Transactional attorneys “usually work from home in the evening or on the weekend if there's more work to do,” but did highlight that their weekends were mostly free – the case was the same for litigators.

“Everything seems to follow the market” when it comes to salaries and bonuses, and while some said that they would “give it up to work fewer hours,” others felt well remunerated for the work they did. There's no formal vacation policy at A&P – “the idea is that we're all adults and can take vacation whenever we want, as long as we tell our teams we're going away and we're not leaving them in the lurch.” Juniors reckoned that “as long as you're smart about taking leave, no one cares and there's no push back.”

Pro Bono

Many highlighted how “highly committed” A&P is to pro bono work, as “people treat it the same as any other matter in terms of importance.” Legacy A&P was well known for its commitment to pro bono, and today the combined firm has a number of longstanding partnerships with organizations including Planned Parenthood and Whitman-Walker Health, as well as various groups that deal with immigration issues under the new administration. Our sources had got involved with prisoners' rights, fraud, death row and asylum cases.

The only grumble came from those who'd capped out on pro bono too early: “It feels a bit crappy sometimes when you see the absolutely amazing pro bono work the firm does, but feel you can't do it because you've hit the billable limit.” However, attorneys can go over the 200-hour mark if they want, with one source telling us that “yes, there's a cut off to how many hours you can use to be bonus eligible, but I'm well over the cut off and I still would take on more pro bono work.”

Pro bono hours

  • For all US attorneys: 101,438
  • Average per US attorney: 117

Get Hired: Interview with members of the hiring committee Darren Skinner, Kate Schumacher and Ellen Fleishhacker

Chambers Associate: How do you pre-screen those who have bid on your firm?

The overwhelming majority of interviews are selected by lottery. When we do have the occasion to pre-select, we tend to have a holistic approach to analyzing and selecting candidates. We generally don't set any hard criteria one way or the other – we rely on a combination of factors.

CA: Roughly how many associates do you take on each year? What's the distribution like between offices?

DC and New York are our largest offices, and they have the largest summer programs. There's no official summer associate program in our West Palm Beach offices, and we don't have a fully fledged program in Chicago (although on rare occasions in the past we have had 1L summer associates in the latter office). We've had a small program in Houston – maybe one of two summers. We have summers in all other offices in the US, and there's no fixed number every year.

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

We really do try to be broad in terms of geographic coverage, school diversity, and overall outreach. We try to interview at all leading law schools across the country. For timing and expenses, we can't actually do physical interviews at all schools, so we encourage written applications from other schools where we don’t interview.

CA: What does the firm do to encourage diversity in recruiting?

From the recruiting perspective, we have a whole range of initiatives. We have been concentrating on contacting diverse student associations on campus, sponsoring and attending minority job fairs and receptions, and finally, we're proud to offer each year up to six diversity scholarships of $10,000 each.

CA: What questions do you tend to ask during OCIs and callback interviews?

We don't require interviewers to go through a list of questions or otherwise take a formulaic approach. We encourage interviewers to ask questions focused on whether the candidate will be a good fit with us and why he or she is particularly interested in our firm and its practice. Among other things, we want to assess their critical thinking and presentation skills, and whether they have realistic expectations regarding working in a large law firm.

CA: What makes someone stand out at interview?

Students who have done their research on the firm, and can intelligently talk about why they're a good fit and why the firm interests them will stand out in a positive manner. Positive standouts also include those students who demonstrate engagement, energy and enthusiasm throughout the interview.

CA: What doesn't go down well at interview?

The converse of what we just mentioned: going into the interview and winging it without being fully prepared is probably the greatest transgression. Expressing an interest in a practice we don't offer, or referring to an office location that we don't have are further examples. You will also leave a bad impression if you don't appear to be engaged, give monosyllabic answers, or fail to answer the questions that are asked. 

CA: What are you looking for in a candidate? What type of person thrives at the firm?

Again, we're looking at the candidate holistically – there's not one particular thing we're looking for. We want someone who we think will be a successful and terrific associate. So, we look for a strong academic records and outstanding extracurricular activities – such as moot court, law review, or clinics. We also seek candidates who are personable and enthusiastic and have diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

CA: How's your summer program looking for 2018?

It's looking excellent. This is the first year we're recruiting as the combined firm since the merger between Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer. While we can't make any apples-to-apples comparisons to previous years, we expect the firm will have a very successful 2018 summer program. We think that the students we've been fortunate to get are spectacular.

CA: Can you briefly outline your summer program? Is there anything distinctive about it?

Our goal with the summer program is to make sure summer associates at the firm really experience first-hand the firm's commitment to legal excellence, diversity, pro bono, and professional development. It's always at the core of what we're trying to do when setting up the summer program. For the first eight weeks of summer, a committee made up of partners and associates oversees the work of the summer associate, and other social integrations to the firm. The summer associates really get the chance to work side by side with us, and we genuinely value their contributions.

We also have a variety of events throughout the summer to allow the summer associates to get to know our attorneys on a more informal basis. There's a two-day training forum attended by all associates from all offices, who get to meet and interact with each other through the forum’s training and the social events. Each individual office has really amazing social activities, like attending sporting events, viewing Broadway shows, participating in cooking classes, and various programs designed to introduce the summer associates to unique aspects of the city's culture.

CA: Roughly how many offers do you make?

We want to make offers to everyone.

Interview with A&P's chairman Richard Alexander

Chambers Associate: Which highlights from the past year would you want to flag up to student readers interested in your firm?

Richard Alexander: I think that the most important thing is that the strategic reasons for which we implemented the combination (between Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer) have come to fruition. We have had an excellent response from our clients, from the lateral marketplace and from our colleagues internally. We believe we are an even more attractive firm in terms of our practice and our strategic positioning for the future.

CA: What's the strategy going forward? What do you hope the firm will look like in a couple of years?

RA: We will continue our ongoing efforts to cross-sell our strengthened expertise as a combined firm and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. We want to continue to make sure the marketplace is aware of what we think is a unique a platform. We are focused on building on what we have done – and we're keen to carry forward that momentum across all of our offices.

CA: Where will the firm be investing? Are there plans to open new offices?

RA: We're always looking for opportunistic expansions, but there's no particular market in mind at the moment. I can tell you that sophisticated firms are always looking for opportunistic situations.

Since the combination we've been digesting what we have. We also are focused on the lateral market – we're really pleased that Bill Baer and Debbie Feinstein, two prominent antitrust practitioners in the US, returned to the firm. In addition, in the first quarter of 2018 we’ve had several partners/counsel join us in practices that really benefited from the combination. A few examples include Steve Benz, former Head of Litigation at Eli Lilly and Company; Erik Walsh, former Senior Counsel and Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and Senator Chris Dodd. We will continue to invest in the practice areas in which we are well known and will work to grow all of our offices given our strengthened balance sheet.

CA: What has the firm done and what does it plan to do in the face of broader political and economic trends?

RA: It's a situation where uncertainty in the regulatory environment presents both challenges and opportunities for law firms. Obviously if the US government decides it's going to have less focus on a particular area, one has to adapt, but there will be areas where there's no sign of things changing. For us, it means we have be nimble to deal with changing regulatory expectations. Clients come to us to get advice about what those changes mean. Change is always an opportunity, so I'm not worried. On the international side, I think Brexit is raising a lot of questions, so that path forward is a little less clear. Many firms believes it will mean more regulation rather than less, or perhaps competing regulations, which plays to some of the things we do. I think the macro-political issues are also things that we have to focus on, but they impact our clients more than they impact us.

There is also change in the legal profession which will compel sophisticated law firms to really think outside the box to make sure we continue to attract the very best talent, and that we're able to provide that talent with great work. We also make sure we provide excellent and efficient client service. That's the mantra – I am very proud of our record in that regard.

CA: What would you say are A&P's core practices now?

RA: We think the combination puts us in an elite position in the life sciences industry because we have the core expertise for the range of issues: regulatory, litigation, counseling, antitrust etc. We have the whole suite of expertise to service that industry. It's been an area of great focus and success this year. We also have a strong private equity relationship; the combination allowed us to not only do transactional work, but provide the regulatory support for those clients. An example would be that private equity continues to invest in what I would call the consumer finance space, which is more highly regulated. We've been able to marry regulatory experience with private equity.

Real estate finance and finance more generally are areas of great strength to the firm. Then we have a very strong regulatory practice, among other areas like the government contracts space, the environmental space, the banking regulatory space, the securities and enforcement space, and the white-collar space. I expect we'll continue to place emphasis on all those areas.

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

RA: The two firms would not have combined if we hadn't had confidence that there was a cultural fit. I would define that fit as follows: commitment to excellent client service; wanting to be a good place to work; and a deep commitment to pro bono. None of that has changed since the combination. By way of example, our summer program was ranked third nationally, and first in New York. It's our first summer program as a combined firm. Also, our pro bono efforts as a combined firm remain very strong. We want to be one of the leading pro bono firms in the world, and we wouldn't have combined unless the combined firm was committed to that. Overall, I don't see a big shift in culture. Obviously law firms are idiosyncratic – we are in the early stages of our combination, but I think we're in a good place. We have had a very stable partnership this year. People are very invested in the combination.

CA: What was the firm like when you joined, and how has it changed?

RA: We are bigger, but not so big that we have lost ourselves. We very much want to continue to be a true partnership – a place that is collegial, informal, and that is consensus-oriented at all levels. For legacy Arnold & Porter, there was a time when many more than 50% of our attorneys were in Washington, DC. As a firm that's no longer true. Some people had to move to new offices through consolidation. That's a change that has taken place, but I think people have embraced it because they understand strategically what we're trying to do. I think we are on track to where I expected us to be. Now that we've combined, we haven't lost the things that were attractive at both independent firms. We haven't lost those things in terms of practice expertise and commitment to culture. We're now stronger from a platform standpoint, and from a financial standpoint.

CA: Any advice or words of wisdom for our student readers as they try to enter the legal profession?

RA: Law students should focus on a couple of things when they're thinking about choices: many firms have a lot of similarities like nice offices, the same pay scale etc, but what really affects a person's experience at a law firm is how they feel about the people they work with and the work they're doing. I think it's important for potential applicants to try to understand the DNA of a law firm. It goes to the heart and soul of a place, what's important to them, their value system – both as an institution and what the value system is of people that work there.

The other thing I would say is when people interview at firms, they should take the time to explain why the firm is of interest to them. We are interested in investing in people who have a genuine interest in us.

More on A&P's government contracts work

Government contracts and national security work was a well-known strength at legacy firm Arnold & Porter, and continues to achieve top-tier rankings in Chambers USA post-merger. Based largely in DC, the group often deals with both domestic and international government contractors of various sizes, as well as nonprofit organizations. Juniors had hefty amounts of responsibility “pretty much from day one”: sources got to write and develop arguments, as well as advise clients on how to comply with various rules and regulations. “Everything moves at a fast pace, which can be a bit overwhelming. Matters are quite leanly staffed – usually one partner and one associate.” As a result, juniors here experienced a lot of client contact: “Once partners trust you enough, there's no hesitation.”

Pro Bono

Notable pro bono opportunities (schemes, client affiliations etc.)

Arnold & Porter has several "rotation" or "loaned associate" programs that allow associates to spend up to six months working full-time for a poverty law or public interest organization. In our DC office, our current program is with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (LAS). The loaned associate at LAS specializes in housing law, defending low-income tenants from eviction in Superior Court and from termination of housing benefits by the DC Housing Authority. In our Los Angeles office, loaned associates are assigned to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for a period of six months. Loaned associates handle every phase of pre-trial motions, jury selection, and trial directly. In our San Francisco office, loaned associates work for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, typically for a period of three months.

One of the firm's goals is to enhance the trial advocacy skills of our attorneys through hands-on experience.

Litigation associates in the New York office can take depositions one day a week for 10-12 weeks as part of New York City Law Department’s Public Service Program. Participants attend a 2-hour CLE training; are assigned to one of the Law Department offices; observe a few depositions taken by a Corporation Counsel staff attorney; and then start taking their own depositions, mostly in slip-and-fall cases against the City. The associates are trained and supervised by litigation partners.

In addition, as part of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), litigation associates in the New York office have the opportunity to represent indigent criminal defendants in cases pending in the Southern District of New York and on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  These cases are referred to litigation partners, who are members of the CJA panels in those jurisdictions, when a public defender assigned by the Federal Defenders Office is conflicted out of a representation.  Associates may serve as co-lead counsel on such cases, acting under the partner member’s supervision.  They are involved in all aspects of the case, including working with the client, negotiating with prosecutors, making bail applications, and arguing motions.  Coincidentally, in many ways, Arnold & Porter’s historic representation of Clarence Gideon led to the CJA being signed into law.

Through the DC office’s  Superior Court Program, attorneys have the opportunity to hone counseling and trial skills while providing excellent representation to clients charged with criminal offenses in DC Superior Court. These cases are interesting and loaded with good courtroom experiences, including trials.

The Superior Court Program is supervised by an experienced litigation counsel with over 30 years of litigation and training experience, including over 60 jury trials and numerous bench trials. The litigation counsel assists at every stage of the case, helping attorneys to navigate the twists and turns that inevitably arise during the life of a case in Superior Court, and provides performance feedback to each attorney.

In partnership with Echoing Green, a grant-making organization based on the venture capital model that awards fellowships to nonprofit start-ups committed to social entrepreneurship, we offer pro bono legal counsel to fellowship recipients, whom we advise on issues as diverse as contracts, corporate governance, excess benefit transactions, federal regulations, fundraising, insurance, international permits, tax exemption qualifications, and trademarks.

Partnering with commercial clients’ in-house counsel on pro bono projects: Our attorneys are recently collaborated with the law departments of several clients, including HPE and PayPal, on legal clinics (naturalization, consumer law) and on immigration-related cases.





Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC,

  • Number of domestic offices: 9
  • Number of international offices: 4
  • Worldwide revenue: $951.5 million
  • Partners (US): 299
  • Associates (US):Contacts 467 (includes 47 staff attorneys)  
  • Main recruitment contact: Jennifer Gewertz, Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting
  • Hiring partners: Ellen Fleishhacker, Catherine Schumacher, Darren Skinner
  • Diversity officer: Anand Agneshwar, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair; Brenda Carr, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Recruitment details 
  • Entry-level associates starting in 2018: Anticipated 56 (includes 8 clerks)
  • Clerking policy: Yes
  • Summers joining/anticipated 2018: 1Ls: 8, 2Ls: 57, 3Ls: 0, SEO: 0
  • Summers joining/anticipated 2018 split by office: Washington DC: 33, New York: 17, San Francisco/Silicon Valley: 6, Denver: 3, Chicago: 2, Houston: 2, Los Angeles: 2
  • Summer salary 2018: 1Ls: $3,465/week 2Ls: $3,465/week
  • Split summers offered? Case by case
  • Can summers spend time in overseas office? No

Main areas of work

 Our 1,000+ attorneys in 13 offices practice across more than 30 areas, including antitrust, corporate and finance, intellectual property, life sciences and healthcare regulatory, litigation, real estate, and tax, provide clients a multi-disciplinary approach to their most complex legal issues.

Firm profile

 Arnold & Porter is recognized for its regulatory experience, sophisticated litigation and transactional practitioners, and leading multidisciplinary practices. We are the firm of choice for 133 Fortune 250 companies. The firm’s core values of excellence in the practice of law, maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, respecting and promoting diversity and individuality among our colleagues, and maintaining a deep commitment to public service and pro bono work, keep us grounded, focused, and evolving to meet new opportunities and challenges. 


 Law Schools attending for OCIs in 2018:
Arnold & Porter interviews students from over 40 law schools across the country. Please visit our website for a complete list of job fairs and on campus interview programs.

Recruitment outside OCIs:
Please visit our website for interviewing and application options outside of OCIs.

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, relevant work experience, as well as strong interpersonal skills and references.

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 one of the firm’s US offices. 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. 

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This Firm's Rankings in
USA Guide, 2019

Ranked Departments

    • Environment (Band 3)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 4)
    • IT & Outsourcing: Outsourcing (Band 2)
    • Life Sciences (Band 4)
    • Litigation: Appellate (Band 2)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Antitrust (Band 2)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Band 3)
    • Environment (Band 1)
    • Healthcare (Band 2)
    • Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory (Band 3)
    • Intellectual Property: Litigation Recognised Practitioner
    • Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution (Band 2)
    • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (Band 2)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 2)
    • Real Estate (Band 1)
    • Tax (Band 4)
    • Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (Band 3)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 4)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 5)
    • Antitrust Recognised Practitioner
    • Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (Band 4)
    • Intellectual Property: Patent (Band 4)
    • Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded (Band 3)
    • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 4)
    • Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (Band 3)
    • Antitrust (Band 2)
    • Appellate Law Recognised Practitioner
    • Capital Markets: Securitisation (Band 4)
    • Corporate Crime & Investigations (Band 4)
    • Environment (Band 2)
    • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance) (Band 4)
    • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) (Band 3)
    • Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation Recognised Practitioner
    • Government Contracts (Band 1)
    • Government Relations (Band 3)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 4)
    • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (Band 2)
    • International Arbitration (Band 3)
    • International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Band 3)
    • International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Band 3)
    • Leisure & Hospitality (Band 4)
    • Life Sciences (Band 2)
    • Privacy & Data Security (Band 3)
    • Product Liability & Mass Torts (Band 2)
    • Securities: Regulation (Band 4)