Our lawyers benefit from comprehensive support—including dedicated partners, industry-leading training and a team of business support professionals focused on every lawyer’s professional development—right from the very start. We’ve also developed numerous programs and initiatives including: Global Opportunities “GO,” Flex, and BeWell@Ropes&Gray to help all our lawyers stay competitive and grow professionally, intellectually and personally. We encourage you to read more about our innovative programs below.
Career Growth & Training
We don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to developing our lawyers; instead, we recognize that every lawyer brings a unique set of skills and perspectives to the table. We are committed to fostering these diversities, while simultaneously providing equal and equitable training and work opportunities to each of our lawyers so they can grow and develop to their fullest potential.”
Supercharge Your Career
Our practice groups work with a network of associate development partners (ADPs) and associate development managers (ADMs) whose singular aim is ensuring the success of each and every associate. They work together to help associates manage work assignments, respond to growth opportunities, and build their networks within their practice groups and the firm. They also work hand in hand with our diversity, equity & inclusion team to ensure that we are providing equal and equitable opportunities for all of our associates.
We employ a centralized staffing and work allocation system designed to provide our associates with equitable opportunities to be staffed on a variety of matters. The firm understands that an associate’s professional development depends on exposure to a wide range of partners and consistent access to deal and case work with progressive levels of responsibility. Our ADPs and ADMs collaborate to ensure that our associates receive a steady stream of meaningful work and real-time feedback on their performance.
In addition, our ADPs and ADMs both play key roles in the firm’s comprehensive review process, and act as coaches and sounding boards to our associates as they progress in their careers.
For us, training is more than a perk—it’s a way of life. We’re committed to providing our associates—whether recent law school graduates or experienced practitioners—with relevant and “sticky” training programs to help them perform at their best. Starting on their very first day, our associates attend a comprehensive orientation program that familiarizes them with their offices and the firm. New associates also attend multiday training camps that feature workshops on the technical and soft skills they’ll need to progress in their careers
Our commitment to best-in-class training continues throughout the midlevel years. We host firmwide retreats at the third- and sixth-year levels, with sessions on strategy, management, leadership skills and business development. In addition, all of our lawyers benefit from regular access to an in-house writing coach and an extensive catalog of in-house skill and topic-specific trainings.
We want Ropes & Gray to be a place where our lawyers are empowered to bring their best selves to work. To support this goal, our award-winning global well-being program, BeWELL@Ropes&Gray, offers tangible resources, premier education and compassionate support to enhance the emotional (myMind), physical (myHealth) and financial (myWealth) health of our people. The program offers a variety of initiatives, including resiliency training, mindfulness meditations, physical fitness challenges, presentations on retirement planning and more.
As an international law firm, we encourage our lawyers to maintain a global mindset and seek to understand how cultural differences can inform client decisions. To help them develop this perspective, our GO (Global Opportunities) Program gives our lawyers a chance to immerse themselves in a new culture or city by working in one of our 11 offices worldwide on a temporary or permanent basis.
During the course of their career, many of our lawyers work in-house at a client’s offices, gaining a unique, firsthand view of the client’s business needs and perspectives. These experiences enhance our lawyers’ development, and help them develop skills and experience that enable them to be successful both while working at the client and when they return to the firm.
We understand that there are times in everyone’s career where flexible scheduling is needed, so we’re committed to helping our lawyers achieve professional success while also providing flexibility. Our Flex program allows our lawyers to benefit from flexible work arrangements to meet their—and the firm’s—needs.
We’re committed to offering a comprehensive and competitive total rewards package.
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Be Part of a Team That is Unmatched
At Ropes & Gray, people work together to reach a common goal. We are about high-functioning, highly engaged global teams and creating something greater than the sum of our parts. Each and every one of us plays a critical role in the success of our clients.