Hiring Process

Our German offices recruit fully qualified German lawyers as well as Referendare and legal interns (Praktikanten). Following an initial review of the applications, candidates who progress are invited to meet partners and associates. 

Furthermore, each year the firm participates in the New York University International Student Interview Program and the Columbia Overseas-Trained LL.M. Student Interview Program held at the end of January in New York for applicants enrolled in the U.S. LL.M. programs nationwide. In addition to hiring applicants from these interview programs to begin work directly as associates in our German offices, we also invite selected students to participate in our International Lawyer Program in New York or Washington, D.C., before transferring to one of our German offices. 

Candidates interested in a career with us are welcome to send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and customary documentation (including copies of exam certificates and Referendar reports) to one of the following addresses:

Dr. Romina Polley 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
Theodor-Heuss-Ring 9 
50668 Cologne 
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 / 80040 0 
Fax: +49 (0) 221 / 80040 199 
E-Mail: gerlegalrecruit@cgsh.com

Dr. Daniel Weyde (Associates) 
Dr. Oliver Schröder (Referendare/Legal Interns) 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
Main Tower 
Neue Mainzer Straße 52 
60311 Frankfurt am Main 
Tel: +49 (0) 69 97103 0 
Fax: +49 (0) 69 97103 199 
E-mail: gerlegalrecruit@cgsh.com 

Candidate Profile. Our German offices are looking primarily for German lawyers who have completed their legal studies and education. Candidates are expected to have graduated at least with a “vollbefriedigend” in both State examinations. While an LL.M. degree from a U.S. law school or the equivalent is not required, it is highly desirable that the candidates have such a degree. Fluency in the English language is essential.

Lateral Positions. We welcome applications from lawyers with relevant professional experience, and we make lateral hiring decisions based on current needs. 

Potential candidates should submit a written application, including curriculum vitae and customary documentation, to one of the following addresses: 

Dr. Romina Polley 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
Theodor-Heuss-Ring 9 
50668 Cologne 
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 / 80040 0 
Fax: +49 (0) 221 / 80040 199 
E-Mail: gerlegalrecruit@cgsh.com

Dr. Daniel Weyde
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
Main Tower 
Neue Mainzer Straße 52 
60311 Frankfurt am Main 
Tel: +49 (0) 69 97103 0 
Fax: +49 (0) 69 97103 199 
E-mail: gerlegalrecruit@cgsh.com 

Referendar Program. Our German offices offer highly qualified German Referendare the possibility to spend a stage (Referendarstation) in either the Frankfurt or Cologne offices. In exceptional cases we offer Referendare to spend a part of their stage in another of our international offices. The aim of the stage is to give the Referendar a chance to work with and get to know us – and vice versa – with a view to possible permanent employment as an associate of the firm. Candidates should be able to demonstrate high academic achievement and a genuine interest in international business law. 

Our Referendar program provides an introduction to the practice of law at Cleary Gottlieb. We aim to involve our Referendare in the firm’s practice as much as possible. The tasks of a Referendar may include drafting memoranda, briefs or contract clauses, participating in due diligence and client meetings and doing legal research. Each Referendar has an associate assigned to him/her to assist during the period of orientation. Our internal Continuing Legal Education program is also open to Referendare. 

Qualified candidates interested in a stage with us (either in one of the German offices or in another Cleary office) are welcome to send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and customary documentation, to one of the following addresses: 

For Cologne: 
Dr. Romina Polley 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
Theodor-Heuss-Ring 9
50668 Cologne 
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 / 80040 0 
Fax: +49 (0) 221 / 80040 199 
E-Mail: gerlegalrecruit@cgsh.com

For Frankfurt or one of our offices outside of Germany: 
Dr. Oliver Schröder 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
Main Tower 
Neue Mainzer Straße 52 
60311 Frankfurt am Main 
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 97 103 0 
Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 97 103 199 
E-Mail: gerlegalrecruit@cgsh.com 

U.S. LL.M. Recruiting. Each year the firm participates in both the New York University International Student Interview Program and the Columbia Overseas-Trained LL.M. Student Interview Program held at the end of January in New York. We hire applicants from these interview programs to begin work directly as associates in one of our European offices. 

Candidates trained in European jurisdictions who have successfully interviewed with us and have received and accepted a permanent offer to join one of our European offices as associates may be eligible to spend one or two years in our New York or Washington, D.C., office during their career with the firm.

Equal Employment Opportunity

From its inception, Cleary has strived to maintain a friendly and collegial atmosphere that makes our offices a positive and supportive place in which to work. We believe strongly in the desirability of a work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, where all of us observe the highest professional standards and treat each other with civility, respect and dignity. Consistent with these goals, the firm has a policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment based on actual or perceived age, alienage or citizenship, ancestry, arrest or conviction record, color, creed, disability, domestic partnership status, gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, genetic predisposition or genetic carrier status, marital status, military status, national origin, partnership status, pregnancy, childbirth- and pregnancy-related medical conditions, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation or preference, status as a victim of domestic violence, status as a victim of stalking or a sex offense, unemployment, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all employment-related matters, including recruitment, hiring, placement, assignments, training, compensation, promotion and termination.