Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

50 - 100


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

11 total (All 2Ls)


Base Salary

Base Salary (2022)1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

About the Firm

Associate Reviews

  • “I really enjoy the social environment at the firm. We often have all associate lunches and all attorney events that allow us all to socialize even in the virtual environment. I also find the environment to be very professional and greatly enjoy working with the staff and other attorneys.”
  • “…The firm has many unique, diverse individuals with all types of interests, and the culture of the firm encourages folks to present their authentic self. The firm's day-to-day atmosphere is friendly and collegial. Folks work hard, but doors are always open (at least metaphorically) for input and advice.”

Why Work Here

We Are True To Ourselves

Irell attorneys are a diverse group.  Although we come from a wide array of backgrounds, countries and experiences, we share a common passion for practicing law at the highest levels and we are all dedicated to finding the best solutions for our clients.  Our differences enrich us and our common desire for excellence binds us.  At Irell, we can be ourselves and focus on our shared passions.

Even casual office discussion often involves recent cases, ongoing matters, and interesting legal issues.  We wouldn’t have it any other way, and we encourage hearty discussions and debates about developing legal and social issues.  In fact, the firm produces in-house discussions and training sessions, usually led by associates, on topics relevant to our practice and our community several times every week.  The environment around the office is prime for inquisitive legal minds.

Diversity at Irell & Manella LLP

"In 2014, we proudly established the Irell & Manella Diversity Scholarship. We award an amount of $15,000 each to a select number of 2Ls, who in addition to meeting certain criteria, receive and accept an offer to join our summer program. For more details about the scholarship, please visit www.irell.com/about-diversity.html."

Getting Hired Here

  • “I think Irell pays a lot of attention to which law schools applicants attend, their grades, and their interest in IP litigation work. Irell does tend to hire from local area schools a bit more heavily (especially UCLA). I don't have knowledge of the firm's procedures for training interviewers.”
  • “The standards are very high for candidates. There are schools that more candidates tend to come from (UCLA, USC, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard). The firm appears to most consider GPA, prior experience (including clerkships), and how candidates perform in interviews. The firm does provide training and resources for those conducting interviews.”
  • “The firm looks at factors including the ability to speak intelligently about any area of law, commitment to becoming a lawyer, and fit with Irell.”

Perks & Benefits