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Best Summer Associate Programs

Junior lawyers look back on their experiences as summer associates to rate how much fun the programs were and how effectively they prepared them for life as practicing attorneys.

  • 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

2018 Best Summer Associate Programs

1
SCORE
9.611

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
7
2
SCORE
9.599

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
1
3
SCORE
9.268

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
4
SCORE
9.193

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....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
14
5
SCORE
9.054

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys focused on serving three sectors: tech &...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
3
6
SCORE
9.037

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
12
7
SCORE
9.000

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....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
17
8
SCORE
8.955

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
9
9
SCORE
8.844

Linklaters LLP

Consistently ranked as a top money-maker, both in terms of firm profits and PPP, Magic Circle firm Linklaters has achieved legal industry royalty by...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
22
10
SCORE
8.758

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:...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
15
11
SCORE
8.727

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
16
12
SCORE
8.682

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
4
13
SCORE
8.614

WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
29
14
SCORE
8.604

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
6
15
SCORE
8.580

Winston & Strawn LLP

From its 19th Century Chicago roots, Winston & Strawn has grown to a global law firm of nearly 1,000 attorneys across the United States, Europe, and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
23
16
SCORE
8.548

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is one of the largest U.S. law firms and traces its roots back to the 1866 founding of predecessor firm Williams & Thompson in Chicago....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
25
17
SCORE
8.545

Ropes & Gray LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
10
18
SCORE
8.533

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland is a global top 40 legal practice, with more than 2,400 attorneys practicing in offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
39
18
SCORE
8.533

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
19
20
SCORE
8.500

Jenner & Block LLP

From its Windy City roots, Jenner & Block has grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers in offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
NR
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