Following a “One Firm” model where lawyers frequently work across offices and across borders, Bryan Cave is a friendly, collegial firm where associates and partners get along famously. Lawyers take their work seriously but are also happy to socialize with colleagues both during and after work hours. In April 2018, Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The new firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, has combined revenues of over $900 million and provides clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 31 ...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)



No. of U.S. Offices


Vault Verdict

Bryan Cave is seeking candidates who are all-around all-stars—from grades to prior work experience to clerkships, and more. Candidates should be ready to respond to behavioral questions as well as their career goals. The firm has a warm atmosphere, and lawyers enjoy spending time together, and have nurtured their social connections throughout the pandemic with regular WebEx get-togethers. Partners welcome associate feedback and insights and offer a decent amount of transparency into firm decision-making. Hours can be unpredictable, with some associates noting they have packed schedules and others sharing they could ramp up more. The firm offers a range of wellness benefits, including yoga and counseling, which associates appreciate. Associates are mixed in terms of compensation, w...

Firm's Response

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) brings enduring value to client relationships by combining the practice experience, industry knowledge, and market connections of more than 1,400 corporate and finance transaction, litigation and investigations, and real estate lawyers across 30 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. ...

About the Firm

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has established itself in the 21st century as an ambitious upstart on the global scene while retaining its historic ties to the Show-Me State. Today, the firm has more than 1,400 attorneys and other professionals across three continents.

Come Together

Founded in 1873 in St. Louis as King, Phillips and Stewart, the firm became Stewart, Bryan, Christie and Williams through a merger in 1911. When Rhodes Cave joined in 1917, the firm took on the name Bryan, Williams and Cave. The firm launched a concerted effort at national expansion in the 1970s and turned its attention to overseas growth a decade later. It wasn’t long before Bryan Cave solidified its reputation abroad. In April 2018, Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The new firm, Bryan Cave ...

Associate Reviews

  • Warm and friendly. Casual environment where colleagues tend to socialize both during and after work.”
  • We've made an effort to stay connected during COVID with virtual events and happy hours. Pre-COVID, we routinely held happy hours and other social events. We're planning to start that up again in the summer. Mostly easy-going people who I'm glad to work with.”
  • Day-to-day atmosphere is respectful and professional.”
  • BCLP is a friendly and collegial firm. The associates meet for bi-weekly WebEx [meetings] to talk shop and socialize. There are plenty of opportunities to socialize with other attorneys and staff (in non-pandemic times), but it definitely is not required as everyone has busy lives outside of work.”

Diversity at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

"At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we believe that all our people should be treated fairly and feel able to contribute meaningfully to the firm's success. One of our Core Values is that we treat our people as we would our best clients. No one should be held back because of their age, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and..."

Getting Hired Here


Hiring Process

  • The most important qualities in our hiring process are grades, externships or previous work experience, diversity, and personality.”
  • The firm looks at law school attended, grades, journal experience, clerkship, prior work experience, personality, and diversity. Depending on the office, there are some law schools that are more represented than others.”
  • GPA, law review, and clerkships are still highly valued.”

Interview Questions

  • There is a focus on behavioral/situational interview questions, often with a list of questions to incorporate in an interview.”
  • Generally about leadership, strengths/weaknesses, diversity experiences, law school classes enjoyed/disliked, and why you are applying.”
  • We ask what career goals the candidates have, what they are looking for, and how they manage time pressures of working in a big firm.”

Perks & Benefits