Working as a paralegal at Ropes & Gray sets you up for success at any law firm or organization. The program sharpened my mental and organizational skills, taught me how to work with different communication styles, and gave me the confidence to follow up with senior lawyers. When I came back to the firm after law school, I was ready to hit the ground running.
Catherine Simes, Associate and Former Program Paralegal

Why Choose Us

At Ropes & Gray, paralegals are integral members of the firm’s case, deal and client teams who collaborate with our lawyers to deliver preeminent legal services. Should you join our program, you’ll have an opportunity to work on exciting and industry-setting matters, all while experiencing a collegial, inclusive and engaging environment. You’ll also benefit from a formal paralegal training program to help hone your analytical and project management skills, in addition to the on-the-job training you’ll get from working alongside the firm’s lawyers and support team members.

Define Your Journey

We recognize that every paralegal candidate is unique, so we offer a choice of two paths to allow everyone to build a career that best suits their interests and aspirations.

Program Paralegals (requires a two-year commitment)

Our specialized two-year entry-level program is designed for recent college graduates considering law school. The program gives recruits the opportunity to work within our corporate or litigation practice areas, and offers them personalized training and firsthand access to life at a law firm before they continue their education.

Career Paralegals

Our tiered career path is designed for those interested in pursuing paralegal work for the long term. Whether you’re an entry-level paralegal starting your career or a seasoned paralegal with practice area specialization, you’ll receive personalized and targeted training, as well as ample opportunities for professional development and growth. 

What we are looking for 

Within our corporate and litigation groups, we have a tiered paralegal career path, from entry level to paralegal specialist. The career path provides a number of growth opportunities, including targeted professional development and promotion opportunities based on skill development, experience and expertise.

Our corporate and litigation practice groups also offer a specialized two-year entry level program designed for recent graduates who want to experience working in a law firm before attending law school. 

My experience as a program paralegal at Ropes & Gray has been overwhelmingly positive. It is unique to find an entry-level position that is both challenging and rewarding, and I feel very fortunate to have started my legal career at this firm.
Eleanor Walker, Program Paralegal

Training Experience

During your first days and weeks at the firm, you’ll receive subject matter overviews and task-specific instructions through a combination of classroom-based learning, self-paced tutorials and mentorship initiatives. You’ll also engage in hands-on, practical exercises that mirror the real-life assignments paralegals complete on a daily basis. The training material will be developed and directed by experienced paralegals in your group, allowing you to learn and seek feedback in a supportive setting.

The paralegal program includes extensive training in practice-specific skills, as well as in document management, effective oral and written communication, time management, project execution, and organization. Whether you’re joining as an entry-level paralegal in your first professional role, or joining us with many years of experience, we’ll provide a solid foundation of knowledge throughout your tenure with the firm.

Recognizing that learning and growth often come from peers and professional colleagues, the paralegal department fosters the development of mentoring relationships and collegiality among employees. New paralegals are paired with a mentor in their practice area, while regular roundtable discussions and group meetings foster the exchange of information concerning trends, practices and procedures relevant to particular fields within the paralegal group.

Apply Now

Openings are posted on selected college and university job boards, as well as on our application portal. Applicants should be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume at the time of application.