Careers at Quarles & Brady

Law Students

Offers, Compensation & Benefits

For 2020, first- and second-year summer associates will be paid $3,077 a week in Chicago and Washington, D.C., $2,692 a week in Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Naples, Phoenix, and Tampa. Of course, that's just money. You will also be compensated by exposure to our sparkling personalities and very funny jokes.

When we offer you a summer associate position, our goal is for you to have a successful summer and then join us as an associate after you graduate from law school. To that end, Q&B will provide you with the opportunities, tools and feedback you need to efficiently research, effectively analyze and clearly communicate your conclusions. In evaluating your performance, the Summer Committee will consider evaluations from your assigning attorneys and your reader, as well as your ability to tackle different tasks, problem solve, relate to clients and co-workers and be an effective team player.

At the end of the summer, the Summer Committee for each office makes recommendations about job offers to that office's Recruiting Committee. The Recruiting Committee will consider an offer of employment as a full-time associate (or, for first-years, an offer to return the following summer) as promptly as possible after all summer associates have completed the program.

As of January 1, 2020 starting salaries (not including performance bonuses) for entry-level associates joining us in Chicago and Washington, D.C. will be $160,000, $140,000 in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This salary is coupled with a generous benefits program. Other benefits include:

  • Availability of a performance bonus.
  • A voluntary 401(k) plan.
  • Health, dental, and vision coverage.
  • Life and disability insurance.
  • Supplemental life, critical illness coverage, accident insurance and many other voluntary benefits.
  • Domestic Partner Coverage – same sex and opposite sex. Gross-up for same sex couples.
  • Employee Assistance Program including confidential counseling and referral services for a broad range of issues, including work-life balance, child rearing, personal relationships, anxiety, depression, money management and other stressful situations.
  • Flexible Benefits Plan, which allows medical and childcare expenses to be paid on a pre-tax basis.
  • A health club and healthy living reimbursement program.
  • Paid time off.
  • Twelve weeks paid personal medical leave, which may be used as maternity leave. Six weeks paid parental leave for new fathers or for either parent in the event of an adoption. Additional extended unpaid leave of up to six months. Ramp up/ramp down transitional adjustment.
  • Back-up care for children, adults or the elderly when normal care system is not available.
  • Student Loan Consolidation Plan allows attorneys to consolidate one or more private or federal student loans into a single low-interest loan, along with a $1,000 reduction to the principal balance at the time of the first payment.
  • The Real Estate Group provides a discount on legal fees relating to the purchase or sale of the attorney's principle residence.
  • The Trusts & Estates Group provides a discount on legal fees relating to estate planning services provided to the attorney and spouse/partner.
  • All expenses associated with the state bar exam review course, bar exam fee, CD course and laptop fee. The firm will reimburse for the hotel room and tax for a two-night stay, as well as all meal and travel expenses for the bar exam.
  • ABA, state, and local bar membership fees.
  • Registration fees and expenses for CLE programs paid by the firm when approved by the practice group chair or their designee.
  • Associate referral bonus for referring an attorney candidate for an available lateral position, and that candidate is hired.

And there are many other benefits of working at Quarles & Brady:

  • Business-casual dress.
  • Comprehensive IT training program.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Councils.
  • Q&B Living Well Program.
  • Quarles Cares volunteer opportunities.

In addition, we believe in giving back to the community. Each of our offices has community service and pro bono opportunities.

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