Among the largest law firms in the world, Mayer Brown does it all. Among its stand-out practice is appellate litigation—through which the firm has argued more than 250 cases before SCOTUS. The firm has a professional atmosphere where lawyers take control of their workload via the free-market system. Mayer Brown is an international law firm with offices across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East that employs more than 1,600 lawyers—among the 25 largest law firm workforces in the world. Known for its top-flight corporate...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1.5K - 2K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

75 total (73 2Ls; 2 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $205,000

Vault Verdict

Given its free-market assignment system, it’s no surprise that Mayer Brown attracts candidates who enjoy building relationships with each other. The firm has a polite, respectful culture that comes from the top. Associates at Mayer Brown take on their fair share of hours, but they feel the firm keeps proper tabs on workflow to avoid burnout. They also note that the firm does not have a big facetime culture—something that was true even before the pandemic. Reviews are mixed on how transparent the firm is, but some have noted a marked improvement in information-sharing of late. Compensation gets high marks—associates feel they are paid according to market and appreciate recent special bonuses. They’re also pleased with the firm’s recent adjustment to the billable bonus requirement. ...

About the Firm

 Mayer Brown is an international law firm with offices across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East that employs more than 1,600 lawyers—among the 25 largest law firm workforces in the world. Known for its top-flight corporate, finance, and appellate work, Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, CAC 40, DAX, Hang Seng, and Nikkei index companies, and more than half of the world’s largest banks. 

I’ve Got to See a Man About a Horse

It was the summer of 1879, and a Chicago court was hearing arguments about the sale of a lame horse. The defendant was David Mayer, a wealthy local merchant. His attorney was his younger brother Levy, who had just graduated from Yale Law School. The Mayers l...

Associate Reviews

  • “Polite and professional.”
  • “From my experience so far, Mayer Brown's culture has been a ‘work-hard and be kind to others’ mentality. There is no political stratification between the lawyers and the staff, everybody is viewed as equals from my experience.”
  • “Pre-COVID, we had a great culture in the office. The firm sponsors Monday lunches and associates would take daily coffee breaks. We still have a good culture, with options for Zoom happy hours and lunch events. People are very friendly and easy to be around.”
  • “The culture at Mayer Brown is very nice. Being respectful and considerate towards others is a valued trait at Mayer Brown.”

Why Work Here

Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes.

With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy.

We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.


Diversity at Mayer Brown LLP

"Mayer Brown is a place where the ability to grow and prosper is contingent only upon each individual's ability and commitment, a place where we celebrate and transcend our differences, and a place where our shared values of excellence and teamwork unite us. Diversity broadens our knowledge and skills and equips us to respond to the challenges of serving a clientele that spans the globe. We view the attainment of diversity at all levels of our organization as crucial to-and a natural result of-building a cohesive, successful law..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “I'd say it's fairly competitive. There is a strong emphasis on grades and prior experience. There are no particular feeder schools.”
  • “The firm is looking for diverse candidates with resumes that demonstrate a strong work ethic, creative thinking, and good judgment. I think those are all things that make for a good lawyer. The firm also looks for lawyers who are outgoing and enjoy building relationships with one another.”
  • “… The firm looks for the usual (grades, law school and journal experience), but the firm also has strong focus on diversity and personality. We take pride in our firm culture and look for people who we think will be an excellent fit for our culture. We spend a lot of time together so it is important that people can work well together and get along.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

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