Attorney & Judicial Clerk Hiring

Irell & Manella seeks to hire lateral associates, including judicial law clerks. Our goal is to hire the most talented attorneys in the nation. We pay non-differential compensation at the top of the market, which in recent years has included year-end associate bonuses exceeding those paid by other top firms. We value the experience of a judicial clerkship – indeed, more than a quarter of our attorneys joined Irell after completing one or more clerkships. The firm pays a $50,000 bonus to those who join immediately following a clerkship with a federal district or appellate court, or with a state's highest court.

In addition, for lateral associates and judicial clerks who relocate from another state and take the California Bar Exam, the firm reimburses moving expenses, the cost of a bar preparatory course and test fees, and provides a paid leave (or a stipend equivalent to paid leave) for time spent preparing for and taking the bar exam. For more information, please see our benefits page.

If you are interested in applying to Irell & Manella, please send a letter of introduction and resume to the attention of our recruiting administrator, Edith Gondwe (, or the Chair of the Hiring Committee, Ellisen Turner ( They can also be reached by phone at (310) 277-1010.