V&E’s lean-team model means great training for associates, with hands-on experience, strong partner mentorship, and opportunities to tackle new challenges. Overall, associates agree that V&E offers a great culture, great compensation, and great work. With its largest office in Texas, V&E’s southern hospitality shines through at the firm and associates don’t shy away from an opportunity to socialize, both inside and outside the office. Through its market-leading approach, V&E has been tackling some of the...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

500 - 750


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

141 total (79 2Ls; 62 1Ls)


Base Salary

Base Salary (2022)1st year: $215,0002nd year: $225,0003rd...

Vault Verdict

Vinson & Elkins places grades and experience at a premium when hiring, and candidates should come prepared to put their personality on the table. Taking their work seriously, but not themselves, southern hospitality shines through at the firm and associates are pleased with the friendly, collaborative atmosphere. Associates believe partners take a genuine interest in associates’ development and treat associates with respect. Firm leadership is transparent in the firm’s performance and finances through annual meetings. Hours are up and down, but the 2000 billable-hour requirement includes 100 hours of pro bono, DEI, and other non-billable work. Associates feel the firm is well balanced in terms of having high expectations for work product, while also respecting the realitie...

Firm's Response

Vinson & Elkins has provided deep legal experience in handling sophisticated transactions, investments, projects, and disputes worldwide for more than 100 years. Today, the firm is a trusted adviser to clients in the most important financial, industrial, and digital industries. With more than 700 lawyers working across 12 offices, ...

About the Firm

Founded in Houston in 1917, this Texas-based institution built its name as one of the most vital energy law firms. Today, Vinson & Elkins is a trusted adviser to clients in the most important industrial and digital industries, such as renewable energy, technology, banking/finance, M&A/private equity, real estate, media, complex litigation, and tax. 

A Dynamic Centenarian

V&E is a diverse partnership and team of professionals, solving problems and creating opportunities for clients in their transactions, investments, projects, and disputes in 12 offices across the globe. In 2021, the firm celebrated the 50th anniversary of its London office—making it one of the oldest U.S. law firms with a continuous presence in the city. Its New York City office has also se...

Associate Reviews

  • “Lawyers here choose to spend time together outside of work, which says a lot given the hours we keep. People genuinely like spending time together while working or otherwise. As we transition back to the office, everyone is happy to see everyone else.”
  • “V&E's strength is its culture. We get together very regularly (lunches in office every Wednesday, dinners at partners' houses once a month, firm happy hours about once a week). The firm is trying hard to build back what we had pre-pandemic. The partners care and it shows.”
  • “Everyone is extremely nice and helpful. We do lots of firm sponsored dinners and happy hours, but I have never felt pressure to attend any social events. People are happy to take the time to answer your questions and just chat over coffee or lunch. If I am working late, I know the people above me are working later.”
  • “I find lawyers have a great rapport with the staff, including talent management, office services, and professional assistants. Day-to-day atmosphere is collaborative and friendly. People take great pride in their work product but do not take themselves too seriously.”

Why Work Here

Diversity at Vinson & Elkins

"Having diverse teams in an inclusive environment at V&E means that we are able to leverage the power of different perspectives and ideas to provide the best solutions and service to our clients. With purposeful involvement from top leadership and active allies across our firm, V&E's inclusion efforts are focused on solutions that allow us to attract, retain, and promote the best and brightest lawyers. V&E's Chairman and Managing Partner are personally involved and oversee our global diversity initiatives, integrating inclusion into how we..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm looks for the best of the best. Grades and experience are at a premium, and our recruiters focus on diversity and inclusion as well. The University of Texas is a main law school, as well as all the top 14 law schools.”
  • “My impression was that the firm values people who value teamwork above any other factor, with a view that as long as people have appropriate foundations, they can train them the rest of the way as needed to reach partnership.”
  • “I think we're probably one of the more selective BigLaw firms in my market. We have a good reputation, so we can afford to be selective. I would say the large majority of our lawyers graduated in the top 30% of their class from primarily top 20 schools. Many of our lawyers were also on law review or took part in other prestigious activities. Although our lawyers tend to have good grades, I think the review of candidates is pretty holistic. Culture fit and interpersonal skills are important.”
  • “We are looking for well-rounded, driven, personable people eager to learn and work hard.”

Perks & Benefits