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. Hogan Lovells focuses on five major practices: corporate; finance; global regulatory; IP; and litigation, arbitration, and employment. Industries the firm focuses on run the gamut from aerospace and automotive to energy and financ...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

2.5K - 3K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of Summer Associates (2021)

76 total (63 2Ls; 13 1Ls)


No. of U.S. Offices



No. of International Offices


Vault Verdict

If you want to work at Hogan Lovells, you should be ready to explain why, as well as detail your prior work experience and teamwork abilities. The firm hires many of its lawyers from T14 schools but has expanded its reach recently. The firm has a laid-back, friendly culture, though offices differ in how social they are. Partners respect associates and support them as they take on sophisticated work. Some wish there was greater transparency from management, especially regarding promotion, though the firm seems to be making improvements in that regard. Many associates feel making partner is tough but note the possibility of becoming counsel. They are also enthusiastic about the firm’s internal career coaching and paths to in-house jobs. Hours can be rough at times, with ups and down...

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. Join us and you’ll be part of an integrated, world-wide team of outstanding lawyers doing great work in a community where you...

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, b...

Associate Reviews

  • “I think our firm overall has a very social and friendly, down-to-earth culture. Typically there are weekly associate happy hours on Fridays and other firm and practice group events. I get together with team members outside of work during non-COVID times, and we interact outside of work and online regularly. My practice group in particular is quite social and the associates seem to mesh together very well.”
  • “Pre-COVID, the firm facilitated weekly happy hours for associates on Fridays, sponsored Hogan sports teams, and encouraged associates to socialize through a sponsored ‘development circle’ program. The office's atmosphere is relatively relaxed, with most employees dressed in business casual and with a ‘hive’ on every floor with a game to play in spare time. (One floor has a putting green, another has shuffleboard, and yet another has a Pacman machine.)”
  • “The firm, and in particular our office, makes it a point to socialize and try to get people together.  This has been difficult during the pandemic but the office still tries to find ways to everyone together.”
  • “Since COVID much has changed, but in the time of in-person work (and even now, though the novelty of video socializing has worn very thin), lawyers and staff were collegial. As a general rule, everyone from partner to staff works together and treats one another with respect.”
  • “Really depends on the office and practice group. …”

Why Work Here

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

  • “In the past, the firm has typically hired from T14 schools, but I think as part of the push towards more diversity, the firm is planning on recruiting from other schools. I think that is a welcome change and long overdue.”
  • “The firm has high standards in terms of grades, but really is looking for someone who is professional, personable, and confident.”
  • “I think clerkships and work experience are incredibly desirable for new litigators.”
  • “I believe the firm is very competitive regarding their hiring process. The firm is interested not only in top students from top law firms but also in good attorneys that have proven to be valuable and hardworking. While school attended, grades and clerkships are important, the firm is also interested in attorneys who have experience and are willing to work and learn. The hiring process usually involves interviews with various members of the firm including partners, associates and even foreign law clerks. We provide our feedback on each candidate and a committee meets to evaluate each of the candidates.”

Perks & Benefits