Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
|Main office||1 South Dearborn Street, | Chicago | IL | 60603|
|Year of establishment||1866|
|Number of offices||18|
|Number of attorneys||1497|
|Number of associates||731|
|Number of partners||612|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.80|
|Percent women attorneys||33.60|
|Percent minority attorneys||14.80|
|Percent gay attorneys||2.70|
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 more than 1,700 lawyers in 18 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.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Sidley Austin has received 56 first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News- Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey in the 2011-2012 survey, more than any other law firm.
The law firm has been awarded the "Best International Firm for Talent Management" by Euromoney Legal Media Group in its inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
Sidley Austin will be receiving the 2012 Access to Justice Award at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California' 18th Annual Law Luncheon on June 8.
Sidley Austin has been named the "Best Onshore Law Firm - Client Service" at the HFM Week European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2012.
Sidley Austin being a top-level Am Law 100 law firm sets a high standard for its associates and most of them are hired from the top 14 law schools (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report). The firm is not a regular visitor to career fairs, with only two visits to job fairs made in 2011.
Most of the campus recruiting is done in these schools:
Chicago-Kent College of Law
DePaul University College of Law
Duke University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
New York University School of Law
Stanford Law School
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
University of Chicago Law School
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Miami School of Law
University of Michigan Law School
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Notre Dame Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Virginia School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Vanderbilt University Law School
Washington University School of Law
Yale Law School
One-fifth of the firm's partners are women and almost half the associates are women. The firm has a very active approach towards promoting diversity in its ranks and has been recognized for its efforts by the legal community repeatedly over the years. The firm has a Diversity Committee which works to address a wide variety of inclusion and diversity issues.
Summer associate program
Sidley Austin runs a 10-week summer program in its U.S. offices. Students are expected to complete on an average 11 to 15 assignments and are expected to do six hours of billable activity every day. Even though the legal sector was hit by the general recession, Sidley Austin managed to offer its entire summer class of 2010 fulltime job offers. In 2011, the firm also doubled its intake of its summer class bringing it closer to its pre-recession number.
In 2012, the firm was paying its summer associates $3,100 per week in compensation.
Salary & benefits
The firm says it is flexible with regards to the billing hours that it requires its associates to put in, but to qualify for a full market-rate bonus, an associate must put in 2,000 hours of which at least 1,800 hours should be of billable work. The remaining hours can be filled by pro bono work and other activities deemed as "eligible work".
Sidley Austin's starting salary is $160,000. The firm pays this starting salary in each of its U.S. offices
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|Attorney in Chicago, IL||USA-IL-Chicago||Diversity Communications Specialist Duties: Develops and coordinates Sidley’s internal and public communications relating to the Firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, working with the Chief Diversity Officer, the Firm’s Marketing and HR Departments, and the Chairs of the Diversity Com...|
|Legal Staff in Palo Alto, CA||USA-CA-Palo Alto||Paralegal - Corporate Duties: Provides assistance to lawyers by researching law, investigating facts, preparing and organizing documents. Organizes business entities of all types; checks availability of and reserves corporate names; prepares and files certificates of incorporation, merger, dissolut...|
|Legal Staff in Chicago, IL||USA-IL-Chicago||Paralegal - Immigration Duties: Prepare a wide variety of business-based nonimmigrant petitions (H-1B, H-3, TN, E, J-1, L-1 and O-1). Assist with corporate clients with PERM application process. Assist with applying for and obtaining work visas with U.S. consular offices abroad Work closely with ...|
|Legal Staff in Chicago, IL||USA-IL-Chicago||Paralegal Administrative Assistant Duties: Will assist the Paralegal Manager in the oversight and administration of the Paralegal and Project Assistant Department. Interface with Human Resources to process all necessary paperwork with regard to new hires, terminations and changes of status. Coordin...|
|Corporate Attorney in New York City, NY||USA-NY-New York City||Business Development Specialist Duties: Serves as a business development and marketing liaison primarily to the Securities practice and reports to the Business Development Manager for the Securities practice. Will work with the partners in the group (across various offices worldwide) to develop a...|
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