Top Ranked

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

2016 Summer Associate Programs that Best Prepare for Practice

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SCORE
9.077

Saul Ewing LLP

A regional powerhouse proud of its mastery over the Mid-Atlantic region, Saul Ewing has strong practices in commercial litigation, business and finance,...

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2015 Rank
NR
2
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...

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2015 Rank
NR
3
SCORE
8.879

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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2015 Rank
1
4
SCORE
8.836

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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2015 Rank
7
5
SCORE
8.833

Foley Hoag LLP

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

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2015 Rank
4
6
SCORE
8.767

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the nation's pre-eminent law firms for nearly 200 years. With industry-leading practices on both...

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2015 Rank
3
7
SCORE
8.577

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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2015 Rank
17
8
SCORE
8.500

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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2015 Rank
4
9
SCORE
8.478

Chadbourne & Parke LLP

With hundreds of attorneys working in dozens of practice areas across the globe, Chadbourne has made significant strides toward shedding its reputation...

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2015 Rank
2
10
SCORE
8.391

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

For 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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2015 Rank
NR
11
SCORE
8.385

Williams & Connolly LLP

Relatively tiny Williams & Connolly has resisted globalization and continues to hold its own against firms ten times its size by following a basic...

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2015 Rank
10
12
SCORE
8.208

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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2015 Rank
12
13
SCORE
8.194

Holland & Knight LLP

A veritable global conglomerate, Holland & Knight complements its fleet of offices in the United States with locations in Latin America, including...

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2015 Rank
5
14
SCORE
8.192

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm's earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the...

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2015 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
8.188

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a group of attorneys defecting from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, to create "a different kind of law...

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2015 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
8.167

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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2015 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
8.167

Fox Rothschild LLP

With nearly 600 attorneys practicing across 19 offices coast to coast serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn't put all of its eggs...

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2015 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
8.158

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Washington, DC and London, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a...

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2015 Rank
9
18
SCORE
8.155

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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2015 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
8.130

Arnold & Porter LLP

Arnold & Porter has cultivated a reputation for excellence in a variety of practice areas. In addition to a preeminent antitrust team, the firm...

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2015 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
8.091

Robins Kaplan LLP

Robins Kaplan LLP is a national law firm known for its trial litigation practice, particularly in the intellectual property, complex business litigation,...

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2015 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
8.067

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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2015 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
8.000

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey & Whitney was founded in 1912 when William Lancaster, a prominent Minneapolis lawyer joined forces with David Simpson, a Minnesota Supreme...

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2015 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
8.000

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

With founding offices in Washington, DC and New York, Epstein Becker and Green has grown nationally and developed a reputation for its notable health...

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2015 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
8.000

Reed Smith LLP

A Pittsburgh native long intertwined with the city's industrial kingpins, Reed Smith joined the crowd in globalizing via international mergers in the...

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2015 Rank
22
22
SCORE
8.000

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP got its start representing the airline industry, as well as pipelines, railroads, and foreign companies whose assets had been...

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2015 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
7.992

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...

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2015 Rank
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24
SCORE
7.955

Fish & Richardson P.C.

An influential player in the development of American intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson has evolved with the inventions of its clients:...

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2015 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
7.920

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Each year, a significant chunk of the world's dealmaking-major mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation, big name restructurings...

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2015 Rank
11