Truly a megafirm, Hogan Lovells is home to close to 3,000 lawyers working across more than 50 offices. The firm is particularly well known for its privacy work as well as its high-profile pro bono matters. Lawyers who are down to earth and have a strong desire to give back through pro bono will fit well.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

2.5K - 3K


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

84 total (65 2Ls; 19 1Ls)


No. of U.S. Offices


Vault Verdict

Hogan Lovells has come a long way from being simply a DC powerhouse to the global powerhouse it is today—so it’s remarkable how down to earth the culture has remained. The firm’s culture is elite without being stuffy, respectful without being stodgy, and social without any pressure. In other words, associates say, Hogan Lovells is a pleasant place to work in which colleagues take a sincere interest in each other, both professionally and personally. While a formal performance review process remains a work in progress, and feedback could flow more freely, associates generally feel supported and appreciated by partners, many of whom invest deeply in mentoring associates at all levels. Hours are standard for BigLaw with a 2,000 billable hour requirement, but associates report a high d...

Firm's Response

Is there really a difference between big law firms? Our people say yes. It’s the culture. So what are the hallmarks of Hogan Lovells’ culture?

For one, we offer a vibrant and collaborative network with shared ambition. Join us and you’ll be part of global team that creates valuable solutions for clients around the world, ...

About the Firm

 Hogan Lovells is a global megafirm with more than 50 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The firm boasts more than 2,800 lawyers, making it one of the largest firms around.

The Making of a Megafirm

Hogan Lovells was formed in 2010 by the merger of DC’s Hogan & Hartson and London’s Lovells. Hogan & Hartson traced its roots to 1904, the year when trial lawyer Frank J. Hogan hung out a shingle in the nation’s capital. Nelson Hartson, an IRS attorney, joined Hogan in 1925. Hogan & Hartson became known for its government, regulatory, and tax work and also developed strengths in litigation, transactional law, and intellectual property. The firm did not venture beyond the Beltway until 1984, but once it did, exp...

Associate Reviews


  • “It is a very collegial environment. As a law student, I was attracted to Hogan for its reputation for ‘nice’ attorneys who care about their coworkers and who are interested in mentoring. That has absolutely been my experience.”  
  • “The firm is fairly social, creating opportunities for attorneys to interact socially. People are pleasant and generally show an interest in each others' lives and interests. The firm makes an effort to create opportunities to socialize (even remotely), though participation can vary. …”
  • “The daily atmosphere at Hogan Lovells is respectful, supportive, and positive. The DC office is huge, but it is the type of place where everyone says hello and is warm and friendly, despite seniority or familiarity.”
  • “The firm's culture is great. They don't try to be extreme in any one category (social, political, professional). There's a good mix of social events for younger associates, but there's also no pressure to attend them if you'd rather go home and take care of your family or have a life outside of work.”

Diversity at Hogan Lovells

"Overview & Strategy Diversity and inclusion play essential and integral roles in achieving our goals as a global law firm. With over 3,000 lawyers operating out of more than 50 offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States, we celebrate the wide range of cultures, backgrounds and histories represented by the people who work at Hogan Lovells. We are proud of our diversity record, particularly our recent achievements in laying the infrastructure to ensure increasing diversity and..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Although my firm is competitive, it is possible to get an interview or an offer if you market yourself well and you show a passion for a particular practice area. The T-14 definitely is well represented here, but the firm does a lot of hiring from local law schools as well (most of which are not T-14).”
  • “Hogan Lovells recruits from top schools as all top firms do, however, the firm places great emphasis on recruiting those who would be a good cultural fit—collegial, collaborative, and willing to learn. Diversity is also an important consideration, as the firm makes meaningful efforts to recruit from traditionally underrepresented law schools.” 
  • “For mid- to senior-level associates, the firm's hiring process really focuses on the substantive experiences you've had to date and what your goals are within the firm—e.g., make partner. Further, the firm is particularly interested in personality fits—not only whether you will be a valuable addition to the team, but whether you'll be a good teammate/enjoyable to work with.” 
  • “We are looking for candidates who understand the nature of the firm and are interested in joining Hogan Lovells specifically. In many cases, that interest is in the international work the firm does. The New York office hires heavily from New York schools, but overall the firm hires broadly.”