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by Mary Kate Sheridan | August 03, 2018

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With OCI in full swing, nerves are high as law students pore over firms’ stats, specialties, and notable matters. While the competition is steep for a spot at the top law firms, once you’re in the door, there is one area that is guaranteed to be stress free: summer-associate events. From sailing to Broadway shows to cooking competitions and so much more, BigLaw firms know how to have a great time over the summer months.

As part Vault’s Annual Associate Survey, we asked associates their favorite events from their firms’ summer programs. Below are some top choices from associates at Vault’s top 20 firms. 

  • “A competitive sailing event led by one of the partners who loves to sail. We raced Google, Sullivan & Cromwell, S&P, and others right in front of the Statue of Liberty.” Cravath Associate
  • “Attending the NBA draft.” Wachtell Associate
  • “Each summer, the firm rents out Rockefeller Center and hires a band. There's a ton of food, mingling, and dancing. It's a terrific time.” Skadden Associate
  • “‘Road Rally’—an all-day, city-wide scavenger hunt.” Latham Associate
  • “Getting the opportunity to attend Hamilton (with the original cast) was incredible!” Davis Polk Associate
  • “Shakespeare in the Park with a private all-you-can-eat Shake Shack event beforehand.” Simpson Thacher Associate
  • “Clam bake out in the Hamptons.” Kirkland Associate
  • “Weekend trip to Catalina!” Gibson Dunn Associate
  • “Gatsby-themed party at the top of 30 Rock in the Rainbow Room.” Weil Associate
  • “Hiking the Dolomites and visiting Venice.” Quinn Emanuel Associate
  • “The best event was a summers vs. associates basketball game at Staples Center.” Sidley Associate
  • “Beyoncé concert.” Cleary Associate
  • “We visited three wineries in Napa and Sonoma one Saturday, with tours and tastings, which was excellent.” Covington Associate
  • “My favorite event as a summer was a cooking competition at the Chopping Block.” Jones Day Associate
  • “The party at the Central Park Zoo.” Debevoise Associate
  • “Going on a cruise in Annapolis with a crab feast.” White & Case Associate
  • “Whiskey tasting and BBQ at Jack Rose in DC.” WilmerHale Associate

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