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Sidley is a global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, and creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds.

With 2,100 lawyers in 21 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to “bet the company” litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.

Associates are the future of the firm, and Sidley is deeply invested in their success.

At Sidley, you will find:

  • An award-winning team of professionals dedicated to lawyers’ ongoing education, skills training, professional development and career advancement
  • An exceptional array of training opportunities, including specialized practice group-sponsored training
  • Individual partner commitment to teaching, mentoring, coaching and career guidance

All lawyers are encouraged to have meaningful discussions with their supervisors and mentors about their progress and future on an ongoing basis. Associates receive semiannual appraisals during which they are given detailed feedback about their performance and have the opportunity to discuss their career objectives and personal business development plan.

We are always looking for exceptional lawyers to join us. Our lateral hiring varies based on the needs of our offices and practice groups.

Successful candidates will have an excellent academic record, high-quality experience and a genuine passion for the law. If you are interested in a career with Sidley, please click here to access current openings for lateral lawyers.

Search Firms: contact if you wish to submit a candidate to Sidley and do not have a current agreement and link to the firm’s agency application. Sidley does not accept candidate introductions by email.

EEO Statement

Sidley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, disability, citizenship status, national origin, pregnancy, veteran status and any other factor protected by applicable law. If you have any questions regarding the application process or need an accommodation to complete the application process, please send an email to Legal Recruiting Accommodation Request.

Sidley offers experienced lawyers a collegial, collaborative environment with an emphasis on continuing legal education, professional growth and career development. There are boundless opportunities at Sidley to work with leaders in the legal profession on interesting and challenging projects for high-caliber clients.

All lateral associates are hired with the hope and expectation that they will achieve long-term career success at Sidley.

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Working Here

Associates at every level are encouraged to be visible within the firm and to challenge themselves every day. They are pushed to cultivate detail, precision and nuance in their legal analytical skills while building deep knowledge of clients’ businesses. They work side by side with partners on high-profile matters and have close client contact.

Your first day at Sidley is the beginning of a lifelong relationship with a dynamic community of lawyers and alumni that is committed to excellence. Our alumni comprise a prestigious group of professionals who have built diverse skill sets at Sidley as a result of their work on interesting and challenging projects for a range of high-caliber clients. We are proud of their accomplishments and proud that they are part of the “Sidley family.”

Alumni IndustryWith deep roots in the legal profession, Sidley offers myriad opportunities to apply your talents to important matters on a global stage. We recognize that there are many career possibilities available in the legal field, and you may not stay in private practice for the full duration of your career. Our Alumni Network connects all of our people, past and present, to the opportunities, resources and contacts that help contribute to a thriving career path. Sidley alumni have achieved success in a variety of roles at all levels of in-house legal departments. This includes serving as General Counsel, CEOs and Executive Directors, as well as professors and other university posts throughout the U.S.

Our alumni have worked for a wide array of prominent corporations, nonprofits and trade associations at all levels of their legal departments, including numerous General Counsel, as well as in the C-suite and in other executive functions. 

We are honored to include a President and First Lady of the United States among our alumni ranks. Many of our alumni have served in high-profile public sector roles as judges, law clerks and government representatives across the U.S. and internationally with organizations and agencies including:

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Court of Justice of the European Union
  • European Commission
  • U.S. Attorney’s Offices in more than 15 states
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Courts in more than 15 states
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • World Trade Organization 

To learn more about our Alumni Network, please click here