Associates are the future of the firm, and Sidley is deeply invested in their success. Associates at every level are encouraged to be visible within the firm and to challenge themselves every day. They are pushed to cultivate detail, precision and nuance in their legal analytical skills while building deep knowledge of clients’ businesses. They work side by side with partners on high-profile matters and have close client contact. 

Compensation and Benefits 

Sidley offers associates an attractive and competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package that provides a variety of choices to meet our lawyers’ needs. 

Benefits for associates include: 

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage 
  • 401(k) plan 
  • Flexible spending account program 
  • Disability, life and AD&D insurance
  • Travel assistance program 
  • Relocation reimbursement 
  • Commuter benefits 
  • Bar association fees 

Work-Life Benefits

Sidley provides a variety of benefits to help lawyers better manage their work and personal lives. These include subsidized back-up child and elder care, an employee assistance program, working parent career coaching, healthcare advocacy services and a wellness program.

Parental Leave

Associates who act as primary caregivers may take 18 weeks of compensated parental leave in conjunction with the birth of a child. Ten weeks of compensated parental leave are provided to male or female primary caregivers of adopted children and four weeks of compensated parental leave are available for male or female non-primary caregivers.

Training and Development 

For the past seven years, Sidley has been the sole law firm named to Chief Learning Officer magazine’s annual LearningElite list, in recognition of the firm’s ongoing investment in training and development.

We provide comprehensive resources to assist associates in reaching their professional goals, including: 

  • An award-winning team of professionals dedicated to lawyers’ ongoing education, skills training, professional development and career advancement 
  • An exceptional array of training opportunities, including specialized practice group-sponsored training 
  • Individual partner commitment to teaching, mentoring, coaching and career guidance