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Best Summer Associate Programs

What are you looking for in a summer program—fun, reality, or a little bit of both?

  • 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 two areas: how well the summer program prepared the associate for life at the firm, and how fun the summer associate program was. The Overall Best Summer Associate Program ranking reflects the average of these two categories.

  • Ranking History

2017 Best Summer Associate Programs

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SCORE
9.307

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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

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2016 Rank
2
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2
SCORE
9.188

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Since 1899, Choate Hall & Stewart has remained a Boston firm through and through. Although smaller in number than their national competitors, Choate...

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2016 Rank
NR
3
SCORE
9.135

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick is focused on serving three sectors: tech, energy & infrastructure, and finance. The firm's practices are evenly split between...

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2016 Rank
NR
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4
SCORE
9.056

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,...

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2016 Rank
1
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5
SCORE
9.047

Kaye Scholer LLP

Editor's note:  In January 2017 Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer merged to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The information herein...

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2016 Rank
11
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6
SCORE
9.016

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains Capitol Hill connections that pay dividends. Long a force in national politics (and even longer a...

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2016 Rank
10
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7
SCORE
8.911

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

With approximately 450 attorneys, Fried Frank is hardly a behemoth, but the firm remains an international legal power that excels in corporate,...

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2016 Rank
14
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8
SCORE
8.841

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Kansas City-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. The firm is...

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2016 Rank
18
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9
SCORE
8.749

Paul Hastings LLP

Over the last few decades, Paul Hastings has grown from a mid-market U.S. firm to an international outfit with strengths in employment, tax, and business...

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2016 Rank
3
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10
SCORE
8.663

Ropes & Gray LLP

Founded in 1865, Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming...

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2016 Rank
15
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11
SCORE
8.650

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has grown significantly since its founding in 1993, when it opened shop with only 18 attorneys. The firm is now the 127th...

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2016 Rank
NR
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12
SCORE
8.626

Venable LLP

Call it a victory for career services: Venable, Baetjer & Howard was formed in 1900 when Richard Venable, a law professor in Baltimore, partnered...

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2016 Rank
8
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13
SCORE
8.614

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

For over 250 years, Freshfields has remained a constant at the top of the U.K. legal market. Known as one of the Magic Circle firms, Freshfields has...

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2016 Rank
7
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14
SCORE
8.612

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

With a full name like Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, it's no surprise that this firm is the product of big mergers between well-established practices....

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2016 Rank
16
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15
SCORE
8.579

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

The current composition of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP prompts one of the great existential questions of 21st-century law:...

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2016 Rank
17
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16
SCORE
8.560

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. Although flashy, this...

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2016 Rank
4
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17
SCORE
8.559

Morrison & Foerster LLP

In 1973 those cats in San Fran approved "MoFo" as Morrison & Foerster's official nickname, accentuating the firm's unconventional modus operandi....

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2016 Rank
6
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18
SCORE
8.505

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in...

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2016 Rank
9
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19
SCORE
8.477

Irell & Manella LLP

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

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2016 Rank
29
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20
SCORE
8.450

Seward & Kissel LLP

Founded in 1890, Seward & Kissel has grown into a major player in the financial world, serving clients ranging from investment funds to big banks....

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2016 Rank
NR
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