Compensation and Benefits

Jenner & Block offers a compensation and benefits package commensurate with our standing as a leader in the legal community.

Associate Compensation
We recognize associates are the lifeblood of the firm, and we are committed to ensuring they are well-compensated at all levels.  Our associates receive a highly competitive starting salary of $215,000 for entry-level lawyers. In addition, we offer clerkship bonuses and moving expense assistance and, in some markets, stipends for bar preparation. Associates have the potential to receive substantial merit bonuses in connection with the annual review process.  They also may qualify for referral bonuses of up to $10,000 for the internal placement of a qualified associate lawyer.

Jenner & Block offers an extensive list of benefit programs to promote and sustain our people’s health, protect their families, plan for the future and balance their work and personal lives.

In many cases, our commitment extends beyond the traditional packages provided by other firms.  This is particularly true for our programs that help lawyers balance personal demands relating to family-care and child-rearing with the demands of providing superior legal services to clients.  For example, the firm’s maternity/parental leave policy provides paid time off of up to 18 weeks. In the case of adoptions, the firm offers up to one week of paid pre-adoption leave and up to 12 weeks paid adoption leave.  We also have a generous reduced-work schedule policy.  Associates on a reduced-work schedule participate in the annual review process and can receive annual merit bonuses.  They are also eligible for promotion to partner. 

The firm also recently announced a new initiative to provide our lawyers with the opportunity to reduce student loan debt expense through a program with an online lender offering consolidation and refinancing of student loans at customized fixed or variable rates and additional rate and autopay discounts for Jenner & Block personnel.