New Associate FAQs

Hiring New Associates

What criteria do you look for in hiring new associates?

While most of our new associates have participated in our summer program, we occasionally interview and hire third year law students and recent graduates based on firmwide and practice area need. We seek well-rounded and highly motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills, strong academic achievement and the desire to work in a team environment. We are not seeking to hire additional entry level attorneys at this time.

What is the starting salary for new associates?

Our firm offers competitive compensation and benefits at the top of the market. For specific salary information, please click here.

Does Bass, Berry & Sims pay for bar admission expenses?

We reimburse for certain expenses related to taking the bar exam and becoming licensed to practice in the jurisdictions in which our offices are located.

Does the firm pay relocation costs for new associates?

The firm pays for certain pre-approved costs related to your relocation, which our Recruiting department will discuss in detail.

Do associates receive credit for judicial clerkships?

Bass, Berry & Sims recognizes the value of judicial clerkships in preparing attorneys for the practice of law. Many of our attorneys served as judicial clerks for trial and appellate judges in both state and federal courts.

The firm will provide a $20,000 bonus for a federal clerkship (U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court) lasting at least 12 months and give credit for both compensation and seniority purposes. There will be no additional bonus for a clerkship lasting longer than 12 months with the same court.

For two separate federal clerkships, where at least one is with a federal appeals court, the firm will provide a $30,000 bonus and give credit for both compensation and seniority purposes.

The bonus will be paid to all qualified judicial clerks accepting employment with the firm regardless of the department to which they are assigned.

To view and apply for open positions for judicial clerks, please click here to submit your application.

Are there billable hour requirements?

Yes; associates are expected to bill between 1,850-2,050 hours as well as 50 non-billable hours annually.

In 2019, the firm launched a comprehensive new pro bono initiative for attorneys to give back to the community and tackle significant legal issues. One component of this program is the increased billable hour credit for all attorneys to dedicate to pro bono activities. For non-member attorneys, 100 hours annually are counted toward the annual billable hour requirement, encouraging attorneys to devote more time to serve in pro bono capacities. More about the firm’s pro bono program can be found here.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.