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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

2013 Best Summer Associate Programs

1
SCORE
9.023

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
4
2
SCORE
8.851

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From its core litigation practice, Hughes Hubbard has spun off a number of niches and industry-specific practices. Now boasting a respected Capitol Hill...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
3
SCORE
8.596

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
46
4
SCORE
8.580

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

2012 Rank
10
5
SCORE
8.554

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Editor's note: In February 2016 Dickstein Shapiro announced that it would not longer be engaged in the practice of law. At that time, almost all of the...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
27
6
SCORE
8.553

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has grown significantly since its founding in 1993, when it opened shop with just 18 attorneys. The firm is now the 137th...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
6
SCORE
8.553

Linklaters LLP (US)

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

2012 Rank
28
7
SCORE
8.548

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

2012 Rank
44
8
SCORE
8.531

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 Asia...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
7
9
SCORE
8.507

Baker & Hostetler LLP

A Cleveland native with a largely domestic focus, BakerHostetler has involved itself in a number of cases that shaped America over the past century. The...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
2
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