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Best Summer Associate Programs

Junior lawyers look back on their experiences as summer associates to rate the summer program on attorney interactions, career development, and fun and events.

  • Survey Methodology

    Vault asked junior associates (first-years through third-years) who participated in their current firm's summer associate program to rate their experience on a scale of 1-to-10 in six different areas. From those ratings, we ranked the best summer associate programs in three categories:  Attorney Interactions  (based on associates' scores for meaningful interactions with firm attorneys);  Career Development  (giving equal weight to associates' scores for substantive assignments, training and mentoring, and effective preparation for life as an associate); and  Fun and Events  (giving equal weight to associates' scores for the quality of events and how fun the program was).  The  Overall Best Summer Associate Program  ranking reflects the average of all six individual ratings (attorney interactions, substantive assignments, training & mentoring, preparation for associate life, events, and fun).

  • Ranking History

2018 Most Fun Summer Associate Program

1
SCORE
9.875

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has defined itself as the go-to firm for hedge funds, and their ilk. While this practice focus translates into double-digit...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
3
2
SCORE
9.817

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

With an extensive history of working big-time cases spread across a diverse array of fields, O'Melveny & Myers LLP boasts expertise in a little bit...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
7
3
SCORE
9.796

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises many of the world's leading corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions on their...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
18
4
SCORE
9.733

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California powerhouse for over 75 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
5
5
SCORE
9.636

Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only four locations-in Massachusetts, New York, DC,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
9
6
SCORE
9.589

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

With a reputation for capital markets prowess and First Amendment excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective-and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
3
7
SCORE
9.552

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers practicing across a vast array of...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
10
8
SCORE
9.538

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. Founded in 1889 by attorney...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
1
9
SCORE
9.536

Clifford Chance US LLP

In many ways, the formation of Clifford Chance presaged the future of modern law practice, especially as it is carried out in its native City of London....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
9.529

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is one of the nation's leading firms for corporate finance and restructuring, litigation, and project finance,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
17
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