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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 social experiences.
Survey Methodology

Vault asked junior associates (first years through third years) who participated in their current firm’s summer associate program to rate their experiences 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 Social Experiences (giving equal weight to associates’ scores for the quality of events and satisfaction with firm-sponsored social opportunities and social interactions). 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, quality of events, and satisfaction with firm-sponsored social opportunities and social interactions).

2020 Best Summer Programs for Career Development

#1
SCORE 9.627
2019 Rank 1
#2
SCORE 9.552
2019 Rank 7
#3
SCORE 9.400
2019 Rank 2
#4
SCORE 9.387
2019 Rank 6
#5
SCORE 9.334
2019 Rank 16
#6
SCORE 9.306
2019 Rank 19
#7
SCORE 9.274
2019 Rank 4
#8
SCORE 9.265
2019 Rank 17
#9
SCORE 9.200
2019 Rank 5
#10
SCORE 9.183
2019 Rank 3
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