Legal Professionals

Working side by side to deliver the highest-quality work product to our clients.

What makes Venable different? For the more than 1500 attorneys and staff who work at Venable, there is no one answer. When asked, many mention the firm's collegial culture, where diverse teams of partners, associates, and staff work side by side to deliver the highest-quality work product to the firm's clients.

Others cite the pride they take in Venable's distinguished history and how the firm honors tradition while embracing new ideas and methods.

Clients point to the skill, dedication, creativity, and superior service that our legal and professional staff provide.

For many, Venable's commitment to the community sets the firm apart. Venable attorneys and staff members give thousands of hours of their time and diverse talents, demonstrating that our commitment to service extends beyond our clients. Through hands-on volunteering, pro bono legal representation and contributions to the Venable Foundation, which provides more than $3 million annually to educational, social services, and artistic organizations across the country, Venable employees strive to make their communities a better place to live and work.

Venable affords associates the chance to take on significant responsibility early in their legal careers. In addition, attorneys at all levels are provided with extensive professional development and training opportunities.

Our clients rely on our experience and legal judgment to achieve practical solutions and anticipate potential problems. In order to meet the needs of our clients, we are always looking to add smart, experienced professionals who bring a unique set of skills to our team.In pursuit of our mission to support diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Venable is pleased to consider sponsorship and event requests from all bar affiliated organizations, law schools, and law student organizations. We ask that you direct all sponsorship requests and event inquiries to Shannon Curry at +1 202.344.4421 or sdcurry@Venable.com.

Training and Professional Development
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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 build the skills needed for leadership roles. This, in addition to virtually unlimited access to legal training programs by the West LegalEdcenter, 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.

In addition, each year every associate has a formal session with a designated evaluation partner to discuss not only feedback on performance, but also the professional goals of your personal Career Development Plan. Our Director of Professional Development will help you find the right resources—be it training or coaching opportunities—to help you achieve those goals.

Application Tips
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Venable seeks qualified law students whose personal and academic achievements demonstrate a commitment to excellence. These bright, highly motivated individuals will have the opportunity for interesting work in a collegial environment that promotes learning and professional growth. Whether you are a law student looking for a summer position or an entry-level associate looking for a place to begin your legal career, we invite you to take a closer look at our firm.

Commitment to Diversity
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In pursuit of our mission to support diversity and inclusion  in the legal profession, Venable is pleased to consider sponsorship and event requests from all bar-affiliated organizations, law schools, and law student organizations. We ask that you direct all sponsorship requests and event inquiries to Shannon Curry at +1 202.344.4421 or sdcurry@Venable.com.

FAQs
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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 all 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.

What does Venable pay for in connection with taking the bar?

The firm pays for the bar review course, the bar exam fee, and the bar admission fee.

Does Venable hire judicial clerks?

We always consider resumes from judicial clerks. Interested candidates should email their resume and transcripts to the proper legal recruiting contact.

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