Life at Chadbourne
Every law firm has a distinct personality, which provides the context for a lawyer's experience at the firm. At Chadbourne, that personality has remained informal, friendly and entrepreneurial even as we have grown substantially. Chadbourne stresses professional excellence in an environment that is hospitable and welcoming to all people. We respect and value one another's differences. The people who work at Chadbourne—lawyers and staff alike—are our greatest assets, making our workplace vibrant, inviting and comfortable. We are seeking law students who will make a good long-term fit at Chadbourne and its distinctive workplace. We want you to succeed here.
Our associates work closely with various partners and senior associates who supervise and guide their professional development throughout their careers. Our informal culture fosters direct partner contact and, as a result, more effective hands-on training. Each new associate is assigned a partner and associate mentor to help guide them through their first year at the firm. Practice group assignment coordinators work closely with each associate to ensure the associate receives diverse assignments reflecting, to the extent possible, the associate's particular interests. In addition, business development training promotes associates’ creative and marketing skills.
Formal reviews take place every six months for recent laterals and associates in their first three years, then annually. Regular reviews let associates know where they stand, with frank discussions of strengths and areas that need attention. Associates also get informal feedback on a project-by-project basis.
As an international law firm with 12 offices worldwide and its headquarters in New York City, Chadbourne is a great place to begin your legal career. Cases often involve cross-border issues, so you will often be working with colleagues in other countries. Offices share their work and resources. Also, you will be playing a key role on cases. As reported in Vault.com, “associates are given a great deal of responsibility from the beginning,” and you’ll find that you’ll be exercising that responsibility in an “unbelievable work atmosphere.” For more information on our Professional Development and Training Initiatives, please visit our Professional Development portion of website.