What types of training and professional development opportunities are offered at Venable?
Venable associates receive training and development opportunities that go beyond traditional CLE. Our "Venable Curriculum" prepares associates of all levels with a complement of professional skills. Junior associates prepare for early client interaction through programs that develop oral communication, writing, networking, and business acumen.
For more senior associates, programs on management and business development will build the skills needed for leadership roles. This, in addition to virtually unlimited access to legal training programs by the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), will keep you up to date on trends and changes in the laws in your practice area and equip you with the skills needed to translate them for your clients.
Will I be assigned a mentor as an associate?
Venable’s "Preceptor Program" pairs new associates up with a more senior lawyer to act as a supporter/resource/advocate to assist with the transition into the firm and help jumpstart their careers as lawyers. Preceptors will be a more senior associate or junior partner in the same practice area—someone who has been through many of the same experiences new associates will encounter and can share lessons learned.
What is the atmosphere of the firm on a day-to-day basis?
The atmosphere at Venable is encouraging and collegial, as well as challenging and stimulating. We value our friendly, team-oriented work environment, which encourages professional development, good associate-partner relationships, and early client contact. Our firm's friendly atmosphere, coupled with a high level of professionalism, provides an environment that promotes learning and professional satisfaction.
What is your office dress code?
Venable has a "Dress for Your Day" policy. If you will be meeting clients or visitors, business attire is required. For other occasions, business attire is appropriate, but business casual attire is acceptable.
What are the firm's billable and non-billable hour requirements?
The minimum billable hour target for Venable associates is 1,900 hours, except for associates in the Preceptor Program. (This program includes entry-level associates and associates who were judicial clerks but have not yet practiced law. The billable hour requirement for this group is 1,800 hours for their first year.) All associates are expected to work a combined total of 2,200 hours each year. In addition to billable time, the additional hours may include such activities as professional development, pro bono service, firm committee work, and business development efforts.
Does the firm pay bar membership dues?
The firm expects each lawyer to uphold his or her responsibilities to the legal profession, and participation in bar association activities and related committee work is one way in which these responsibilities are met. The firm pays various bar association membership dues and section membership fees as part of a lawyer’s professional development.
Will the firm pay for relocation expenses?
Associates who are moving at least 50 miles away from their current residence will be reimbursed for up to $3,000 of actual relocation expenses, subject to approval.
What is included in the firm's benefits package for associates?
In addition to a competitive compensation package, the firm offers:
Do you have a written parental leave policy?
- Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage
- Healthcare and dependent flexible spending accounts
- Firm-provided and supplemental life insurance
- Short- and long-term disability coverage
- Confidential employee assistance program
- Sick, vacation, and personal leave
- Parent leave
- Long-term care insurance program
- Health Advocate program
- Personal and emergency travel assistance
- Pre-tax transit and parking benefits
- Discount cellular phone plans
- "No Haggle" car buying service
Leave with pay for up to 18 weeks will be granted to lawyers who wish to take time off as primary care providers because of the birth of a child or adoption of a child, or to care for the newborn or adopted child. Four weeks paid parental leave will be granted to lawyers who are secondary care providers.