Giving Back
Sidley has long been a pioneer in creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical ability or beliefs. Our mission is to continually attract, retain and promote to partnership and leadership outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and the communities that we serve. 

Summer Associate Experience

The firm works diligently to ensure that diverse and female summer associates have an enriching and realistic experience at Sidley. 

Each local Diversity Committee hosts a welcome reception for diverse summer associates and provides opportunities to network and build strong bonds across the office throughout the summer. In larger offices, Associates Diversity Councils and Committees host periodic happy hours that allow all summer associates to mingle with diverse lawyers in a relaxed setting.  

All offices host a women’s welcome reception as well as substantive networking and social events throughout the summer to help our female summer associates build relationships with more senior female lawyers and integrate into the firm. During their time at Sidley, female summer associates also have the opportunity to participate in special programming like the Chicago Women Summer Associates’ Conference, a daylong retreat for women summering at our Chicago office that includes a career planning panel, networking exercises and a discussion of Sidley’s reduced work schedule policy.

Summer mentors and advisors support all summer associates as they familiarize themselves with Sidley’s practice areas, culture and internal operations.  

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Sidley will award a limited number of Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2017 Sidley summer associates. For more information, visit the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship page

1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program

Each year, Sidley invites a number of current law students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse, LGBT or have a disability to participate during their 1L summer in a formal mentoring program with Sidley lawyers in certain offices. Participants learn about the local legal market and OCI process, and have the chance to polish their interview skills. To learn more about the program, click here.