Applying to Willkie

Summer Associate Position

Our summer program consists of students who have completed their first or second year of law school.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, transcript (when available) and an application form.

If we are not interviewing on-campus at your law school or attending a job fair where your school is represented, please submit a resume, cover letter and transcript to the relevant offices.

Associate Positions

To apply for a position as a lateral candidate, judicial clerk or third year law student, you must fill out an application form and attach a cover letter, resume, law school transcript.

  • European Offices:
    • To apply for positions in our Brussels office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Frankfurt office, please click here.
    • To apply for attorney positions in our London office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Milan office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Paris office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Rome office, please click here.
  • Search Firms: We accept applications from search firms that have entered into our fee agreement and have agreed to adhere to our application guidelines.


For entry level or career paralegal positions, please send your resume to

Staff Positions

For career staff positions please apply here through our HR Recruiting Portal.

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Compensation and Benefits

Willkie is committed to compensating associates at a level commensurate with our peer firms.

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Core Compensation and Benefits Include:

  • Salary of $190,000 per year for first-year associates
  • Lock-step associate compensation system
  • Competitive bonuses
  • Four weeks of paid vacation each year
  • Salary advance to incoming first-year associates
  • Reimbursements for moving expenses, bar review courses, bar examination fees and bar association dues

Other Benefits Include:

  • 18 weeks paid (and 18 weeks unpaid) parental leave for primary caregivers
  • Subsidized health and dental insurance (including spouses and children)
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Fitness allowance and subsidized health club membership
  • Emergency day care center
  • Attorney lounge with cappuccino machine, breakfast, and afternoon cookies
  • Free private banking at Citibank or Chase
  • Technology allowance
  • Independent Counselors on Call, a resource for attorneys to have private sessions on a confidential basis with experienced career counselors. The career counselors help the attorneys develop action plans to achieve their professional goals.

Alternative Work Scheduling:

Willkie recognizes that attorneys who have strong commitments to the practice of law and are engaged in parenting may, at times, find it desirable to adjust or reduce their work schedules. The Firm has an equally strong commitment to providing alternative work schedule arrangements for attorneys at all levels, from junior associate to partner, in appropriate circumstances. For our attorneys who work on a flexible or alternative schedule, there are designated attorneys charged with creating opportunities for exchanging ideas and experiences related to successfully managing career and life issues.