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The Summer Associate Experience

When you summer with us, we take every opportunity to show you why your work matters and how it will make a difference. You will have the opportunity to build and shape your own summer experience through substantive assignments, robust training, multifaceted mentorship, client engagement and social events.

Meaningful Assignments

Summer associates don’t just work on discrete assignments, they are immersed in their matters and are integral members of their teams. As a summer associate you will:

    • Work directly on high-profile, transformative deals; industry-shaping litigations; and one-of-a-kind restructurings
    • Be able to select assignments from various practice groups and subject matters as well as have opportunities to work on a broad range of impactful pro bono matters
    • Have opportunities to sit in on negotiations, depositions, conference calls, court hearings and more

Mentorship & Inclusion

Our summer associates join a team-oriented, inclusion-first culture and experience deep levels of support and guidance. As a summer associate you will be:

    • Paired with a partner mentor and an associate mentor
    • Encouraged to join firmwide Networks (Asian-Pacific Lawyers, Black Lawyers, Family, Latine Lawyers, Pride @ Work and Women)
    • Invited to a variety of panel discussions, Network events, trainings and more, providing access to additional layers of support and mentorship

Training & Career Development

We are committed to our summer associates’ learning and development. As a summer associate you will:

    • Receive intensive training in a mix of practical skills workshops and more traditional classroom-style presentations
    • Learn about diverse areas of law and practical legal skills, such as performing due diligence on an M&A transaction; writing effectively; clarifying commonly used business jargon; managing assignments and adding value as a junior associate on your matters; and developing real-world advocacy writing and public speaking skills
    • Benefit from individualized coaching in areas such as presentation and writing skills

Client Engagement

From day one, summer associates gain insights into client service at the highest level. As a summer associate you will:

  • Have opportunities to join client calls and meetings as well as to work directly with clients, under the supervision of our attorneys
  • Hear unique perspectives from clients, as well as legal and subject matter experts, through exclusive fireside chats, dialogues and presentations

Social Opportunities

We recognize the importance of recharging and socializing and provide plenty of opportunities for you to do so. As a summer associate you will:

    • Connect with your fellow summer associates, firm associates, counsel and partners through meals, receptions, events at iconic venues within each location, sporting events, and more
    • Have access to personal and group wellness activities, benefits and resources


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