Collaborative Work in an Open Structure

Our firm is arranged around an informal structure that is democratic and participatory. Lawyers can pursue their own interests and explore different areas of the law—we don’t require rotations or dictate your practice focus. As your practice evolves and your interests expand, your career path will grow in tandem.

An Ideal Environment to Practice Law

Supported by an international network of know-how, precedents, and best practices, we believe Cleary’s informal environment provides the optimal setting in which to train and practice law.

  • From the beginning, you will be expected to solve problems—not just take directions. New lawyers work in teams with more experienced lawyers and are given substantive assignments and significant responsibilities right away.
  • We actively encourage our lawyers to spend time in different offices and practice areas, gaining a deep understanding of how all aspects of a transaction fit together. Often you will be part of client teams that combine the skills and resources of lawyers from across our offices and practice areas.
  • Lawyers are encouraged to take an active role in nurturing existing client relationships and developing new ones.
  • When you have questions, you’ll find lawyers at all levels of seniority ready to guide you, whether or not they are assigned to your matter. This collegiality is a cornerstone of our culture at Cleary.

Settling Into Your Practice

While we are not rigidly departmentalized by practice area, each office has established informal practice groups in its main areas of activity. Lawyers select practice groups based on both their preferences and our clients’ needs. We’ll work to balance your interests and requests with the skills you’ll need to sharpen in order to move your career ahead.

We believe that this approach allows us to provide our clients with the highest level of legal services—while making the practice of law enjoyable and rewarding for our lawyers.