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Introduction

One of DC’s finest, and a global megafirm, Arnold & Porter is home to around 1,000 lawyers across 14 offices around the globe (plus an operations center in Tallahassee) and focuses heavily on mentoring, with mentoring budgets, shadowing opportunities, and multiple formal mentors for junior associates. The firm practices in more than 40 areas and is particularly well known for its antitrust, appellate litigation, environmental, and securities litigation practices, as well as its cross-border work.

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Vault Verdict

Arnold & Porter’s recruiting process is competitive, with academic success being a critical component—though the firm doesn’t restrict hiring to T14 schools. The firm is a collegial, supportive place where lawyers check in on each other and enjoy getting together for firm-sponsored activities—like the pre-pandemic weekly cocktail hours. Partners treat associates like colleagues and show appreciation for their hard work. Mentoring is a core value at the firm, and senior lawyers take it seriously; in fact, junior lawyers are assigned three mentors of varying levels of seniority and also are provided shadowing opportunities. Arnold & Porter isn’t the type of firm where associates sit on the sideline; they are constantly building new skills through substantive work. Un...

About the Firm

Arnold & Porter is home to more than 1,000 lawyers . The firm practices in more than 40 areas and is particularly well known for its antitrust, appellate litigation, environmental, and securities litigation practices, as well as its cross-border work.

Let’s Get Together

Washington, DC, giant Arnold & Porter combined with New York’s Kaye Scholer in 2017, creating Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The merger combined the best of both worlds—a DC firm known for its top-ranked practices, including antitrust, regulatory, and litigation, and a New York firm recognized by Vault and others for its stellar associate quality of life.

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Associate Reviews


  • The firm's atmosphere is one of its major draws—essentially without exception, people are welcoming and collegial while still maintaining high expectations of each other.”
  • People get along. Pre-COVID the firm hosted cocktail hours on Thursdays and Fridays with food and drinks, which were fairly well attended. During COVID, the firm has hosted virtual cocktail hours as well as other events. People are kind to each other and friendly. The people are the best part of the firm.”
  • A&P is quite collegial. Everyone gets along well and is respectful to one another. I wouldn't say it's extremely social—people live their lives outside of work—but that's fine by me.”
  • The firm has a close-knit culture and senior attorneys consistently check in with junior attorneys to ensure they are continuing to learn and grow during the virtual operating status due to the pandemic.”
  • I have been very pleased with the manner in which partners treat associates. They see us as colleagues, and look for opportunities for us to take the lead. I feel that they generally trust associates to learn and grow to meet the needs of the moment.  It is a good learning environment.”
  • Partners are generally respectful to associates and grateful for their help on cases.  The firm provides training so associates understand the metrics they are evaluated on for performance review and promotion process. There's an annual meeting to discuss the firm's performance overall.”
  • One-on-one, partners are very invested in associates and treat associates as professionals. Management communicates decisions frequently and clearly, but the decision-making process itself is less clear.”
  • I’ve been consistently treated respectfully by partners: They are kind and appreciative of good work.”
  • I've been able to make my workload my own. I think the firm's billable requirements are fair and reasonable and that I've been able to balance busy times with less busy times effectively. I definitely have flexibility in where and when I work, within reason.”
  • That A&P permits 200 hours of the 2,000 billable threshold to be devoted to non-billable activities, including pro bono, makes achieving the threshold easier (and more rewarding).”
  • Hours are attainable, but work is not evenly distributed and is unpredictable in terms of time, so it makes it a bit more difficult to plan ahead. Lots of flexibility in terms of where or when you work.”
  • I've enjoyed having say over the types of cases I work on. The amount of work ebbs and flows, and for the most part when I am in a slow period, I am not pressured to take on additional matters.”
  • The firm matches market rates for base compensation and typically matches the market for bonuses. There is an hours requirement for bonus eligibility. Most years there is the opportunity to earn an above-market bonus for those who far exceed the hours requirement.”
  • Many associates were disappointed when the firm did not offer a special pandemic bonus in 2020. The firm redeemed itself by offering special pandemic bonuses in Spring/Fall 2021, with no hours requirement for the Class of 2020 to receive the Spring 2021 special bonus, and with a generous catch-up provision so that people who are on track for their hours at the end of the year can still receive the special bonuses, even if they did not hit the requirements to become eligible for the special bonuses at the relevant 2021 mid-year marks.”
  • Comparable to market in BigLaw.”
  • Of course, I wish that the billable requirement didn't hover over me as much as it does. Other than that, the compensation is fair, and in line with peer firms. It's not something I worry about.”
  • I spend most of my time on substantive legal work appropriate for a first year, split [between] post-trial/appellate work and pre-trial/trial work. I spend most of my time drafting or revising briefs and memoranda that inform either internal strategic decisions or are sent to the client to inform their decisions. I also spend time drafting discovery documents. I have participated in calls with local counsel, expert witnesses, the clients, and with all partners involved on my matters. I also have shadowed various hearings and appeared in hearings myself for pro bono matters.”
  • I do not have ‘busy work,’ and I primarily do work for someone at my level. I also have opportunities to do more advanced work. For example, as an IP litigation associate in my fourth year, I have in the last few months taken a deposition, drafted two unrelated complaints for patent infringement, and actively participated in multiple client calls.”
  • I am given primary responsibility for important filings [and] depositions and to handle various aspects of the case. I am also a trusted voice in strategic decisions.”
  • I spent the vast majority of my time on substantive work that is appropriate for my level.  Partners are not afraid to give me assignments that may be outside of my comfort zone; in fact, they seem to value identifying opportunities for me to learn new skills.”
  • The firm has been very proactive in adapting to the remote work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have adopted several technology initiatives, providing attorneys monitors, standing desks, desk chairs, anti-fatigue mats and other equipment for their home office.”
  • The transition to remote working has been largely seamless. The firm has a suite of technology that has been enormously helpful in the pandemic.”
  • The firm was very good about adopting new platforms (e.g., Zoom) when attorneys and clients requested them. The firm is not necessarily ‘innovative’ in technology but has adopted and disseminated most of the appropriate contemporary hardware and software.”
  • Tech support is extremely helpful.”
  • Meditation every morning since the start of virtual work. The firm just finished Wellness Week and continues to provide programming regarding these issues. The firm provides the Ginger.io app for free (talk to personal coach through live or chat).”
  • There are tons of wellness-related events sponsored by the firm. At least one a week, there's a presentation on some aspect of wellness, such as nutrition, reducing screen time, exercise, healthy work habits, meditation, etc.”
  • We have a whole series called APWell dedicated to making sure all attorneys are supported and have resources to make sure we are staying well and balancing healthy lifestyles.”
  • The guided meditation every morning is amazing.”
  • There are many training and mentoring opportunities. ‘Shadow time’ is provided for associates to have opportunities (e.g., attend hearings, depositions, client meetings) that a client might not want to pay for. Mentors and mentees have budgets for social events.”
  • There are plenty of training exercises based on the class year, such as mock deposition, mock trial, and mock pitch, as well as internal trainings that provide MCLE credit.”
  • There is a formal training program for new associates, that continues throughout their time as associates depending on whether they are mid- or senior-level. We also have three separate formal mentors, who are all really great at checking in with us during our integration. Attorneys on matters are all very willing to provide more explanation and training on various assignments when needed.”
  • I have three mentors at different levels of seniority and an informal mentor with whom I work the most. They are all involved with my development.”
  • Partnership is a narrow path, but many associates are also promoted to counsel. Exit to government, in-house legal departments, and other firms is a common path as well. Realistic feedback is provided to senior associates and support for exit strategies and career development is readily available.”
  • I feel very, very positive about A&P's support for my and other associates' careers and it was one of the principal reasons I chose the firm in the first place. I have not been disappointed. A&P is very supportive of internal advancement but also realistic and provides career counseling support.  In particular, the partners I work with have been happy to discuss their own public service careers and potential options for me. The confidential career counsel is an amazing resource and a great sounding board.  The firm's recent alumni platform further underscores the firm's commitment to helping associates pursue their professional goals and network.”
  • There appear to be strong exit opportunities.  Since I joined the firm, individuals have gone on to work in roles including in-house counsel for major companies, the DOJ, and public interest legal entities.”
  • I think the firm is supportive of any career choices and allows for any possible career path.”
  • Attorneys are encouraged to do at least 20 hours pro bono per year.  A maximum of 200 pro bono hours count towards the 2000 hour credit.  Recently, I've worked on election protection hotline staffing, COVID unemployment benefit counseling, a limited conservatorship, and DACA application.
  • Pro bono is one of the highest priorities and I take pride in our pro bono work. I've assisted a women's health clinic file a memorandum with the Department of Justice, and assisted low-income families seek compensation and proper education during remote learning in New York.”
  • A&P's pro bono is a step above the rest. The opportunities are diverse and plentiful, and they provide associates with meaningful opportunities. I recently argued a Ninth Circuit appeal for one First Amendment pro bono client, and I am on the briefing team for another appeal involving a college athlete whose scholarship was revoked without notice. I anticipate opportunities to argue in the DDC on an environmental APA case this year as well, and I have the possibility for argument in another Sixth Circuit criminal appeal.”
  • Our firm has a storied history of commitment to pro bono, which I am very proud of. Currently, I am working on a pro bono case to force the National Parks Service to create a marine reserve zone, as well as take other conservation measures, in Biscayne National Park. As an avid diver, this issue is near and dear to my heart, so I really appreciate that I have the opportunity to work on a pro bono project I really care about!”
  • Arnold & Porter holds regular Diversity & Inclusion office hours where they discuss specific topics and open the floor for anyone to ask questions.”
  • The firm is pretty diverse in terms of women and LGBTQ+, but still has work to do with race and ethnicity. They have redoubled efforts and have been transparent about it.  There are affinity groups for all of these categories and more. The firm has been sensitive to people's different needs and struggle. …”
  • The firm offers billable credit for diversity-related work/activities, including time spent attending various affinity group programs. There are also a number of initiatives focused on retaining and supporting diversity within attorneys and staff.”
  • I feel very comfortable as an LGBT individual at this firm. I am open to my colleagues, and work with several other LGBT attorneys. They have several LGBT pride related events, and I feel like they are genuinely committed to that.”

Why Work Here


Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has nearly 1,000 lawyers across nine domestic and four international offices. Client-driven and industry-focused, our lawyers practice across 30+ practice areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate and finance, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax, to help clients with complex needs stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities, and address issues that impact their businesses. Our global reach, experience, and deep knowledge allow us to work across geographic, cultural, technological, and ideological borders to offer clients forward-looking, results-oriented solutions that resolve their US, international, and cross-border legal needs.

Diversity at Arnold & Porter

"Diversity and inclusion are core values for Arnold & Porter. We are committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in a positive and supportive work environment, where all talent is supported and accorded dignity and respect. We value the contribution that each person makes, enable our colleagues to be comfortable being themselves, and encourage every person to realize their potential. We believe that each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity. Our firm-wide Diversity &..."

Getting Hired Here


  • I believe the hiring process is getting more competitive. They really look for rock star students.”
  • Academic credentials are very important. Clerkship experience will put candidates at an advantage. The firm is looking for well-balanced and interesting persons who are good personality fits for the firm and the particular office.”
  • The firm looks for kind, bright, and motivated individuals. They hire from many different schools, not just T14s. …”
  • I think the firm highly values candidates who will contribute to the overall positive, supportive culture at the firm, and I'm glad that is a priority in hiring given how much time we spend with our coworkers.”
  • “Be prepared to talk about what attracted you to A&P and what the most important values/criteria are when you're looking at firms. It will reveal a lot about your character and it is obvious when people are just applying to all the ‘top’ firms.”
  • “For summer associates: What was your favorite law school class and why; why did you choose to be a lawyer; why did you decide to go to X law school; what did you do during your 1L summer, etc.”
  • “Specific details about substantive work listed on the resume [and] questions about the candidates' non work related resume items. Candidates are expected to ask thoughtful questions to the interviewing attorneys.”
  • “How will you add value to the projects you work on at the firm?”
  • The firm encourages lateral associates to go out to lunch (that the firm will reimburse) with others in the office for the first two or three months after starting at the firm. It's a great way to meet people and get to know what everyone is working on.”
  • I feel like I'm pretty well integrated in the firm even though we had a pandemic and even though I'm a lateral. I have several people I feel comfortable with asking for advice, and I generally feel like I fit in here.”
  • Lot of mentors and support.”

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