Opportunities and Application Information

While our search for candidates is broad, our focus is narrow: hiring lawyers who thrive in a firm that emphasizes excellence and collegiality.

Cleary has developed a diverse, first-rate firm by recruiting in the U.S. and abroad, but without pre-conceived notions of what makes a first-rate lawyer. Instead, the common thread that ties together all our hires is talent.

Seeking Excellence and Creativity

We seek lawyers who are confident in their abilities and creative in their thinking. To find these attributes in a lawyer, we look for academically excellent candidates who are enthusiastic about practicing law in a challenging and dynamic international setting.

Lawyers come to us from many backgrounds, including judicial clerkships, government positions or other law firms. In fact, we take pride in the number of judicial clerks who join Cleary as associates:

  • Roughly 160 of our lawyers have judicial clerkship experience, including as clerks with a U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Several Cleary lawyers clerked in the highest U.S. State courts, as well as foreign courts, including the European Court of Justice. 
  • New or returning associates who have completed one or more clerkships are entitled to a bonus. 
  • Cleary gives seniority credit for each year of any judicial clerkship completed and pays a monetary bonus to incoming or returning associates who complete one or more judicial clerkships.

Click here for open opportunities and to apply online.

Contact Us 

Donna Harris
Director of Legal Recruiting
T: +1 212 225 3170
F: +1 212 225 3999

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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.