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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 Social Experiences

#1
SCORE 9.860
2019 Rank 2
#2
SCORE 9.854
2019 Rank 6
#3
SCORE 9.844
2019 Not Ranked
#4
SCORE 9.841
2019 Rank 21
#5
SCORE 9.825
2019 Rank 10
#6
SCORE 9.798
2019 Rank 24
#7
SCORE 9.750
2019 Rank 15
#7
SCORE 9.750
2019 Rank 8
#9
SCORE 9.732
2019 Rank 9
#10
SCORE 9.723
2019 Rank 25
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