Latham seeks to hire the best and brightest people who help foster and contribute to its diverse and inclusive community. With extensive and insightful practices, one-firm culture, and a global footprint that provides you with virtually limitless opportunities, it’s no wonder that Latham is ranked among one of the best global law firms in the world.
To learn more about starting your legal career at Latham, please visit our careers website: lwcareers.com. While you’re at it, check out our recent Vault blog post to see what life is like as a Latham associate.
Virtual Experience Programs. Latham launched a series of Virtual Experience Programs (VEPs) to provide students, as well as anyone interested in big law, exposure to navigating legal issues in a hypothetical transaction or legal matter. The VEPs help demystify the work of a corporate attorney, and provide a glimpse into life at Latham. These programs are freely available anyone, anywhere, helping to foster the next generation of talented lawyers. Sign up for these complimentary programs now.
Summer Program. Latham's summer program gives you a sense of life as a junior associate at the firm. As a summer associate, you will participate in the firm's Unassigned Program, have an assigned mentor, network and build long-lasting relationships. You will also attend Summer Academy—a highlight of the firm's summer program—where you will join Latham summer associates from across the globe.
Due to COVID-19, Latham held a fully virtual summer program in 2020. While the program may have looked a little different than in years’ past, our commitment to summer associates, both financially and substantively, remained the same: to provide a meaningful experience and exposure to the firm’s people, work, and culture. We attempted to capture the 2020 Latham summer experience in a video called, My Latham Summer. See for yourself:
1L Fellowship Program. A unique employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school. Our 1L Fellows spend half their summer in one of our US offices and the other half in house with a client.
Practice Group Scholars Programs. Latham’s Practice Group Scholars Programs award select second-year law school students an offer of summer employment, tailored mentoring from a senior lawyer in the applicable practice group, and a scholarship of US$5,000, which is paid upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. As a Practice Group Scholar, you will also receive valuable networking and training opportunities with your host practice group. Learn more about our 2021 Practice Group Scholars Programs here:
- Banking Scholars Program
- Emerging Companies Scholars Program
- IP Litigation Scholars Program
- M&A Scholars Program
- White Collar Defense Scholars Program
2L Diversity Scholars Program. Here at Latham we seek the best and brightest law students, reflecting a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We value our diverse and inclusive community, which is a core part of Latham’s strength. We seek accomplished students whose unique perspectives contribute to our culture of inclusion and allyship, as well as to the legal community at large. Our 2L Diversity scholars will receive a progressive scholarship of US$25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) - the first US$10,000 will be paid upon starting as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins and the balance of US$15,000 when starting as a full-time associate at the firm.
Diversity Leadership Academy. Join other talented first-year law students from across the US as well as Latham lawyers from around the globe, with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among the firm's lawyers, recruits, and first-year law student guests.
Ron Brown Scholars Pre-Law Fellowship. We developed a Latham & Watkins/Ron Brown Scholars Pre-Law Fellowship, which provides RBS graduates who are entering law school with the opportunity to intern in a selection of our US offices alongside our summer associates, participate in networking and training events (including attending Summer Academy), and gain practical law firm experience. We also sponsor participation in a Law Preview training course for the Fellows, providing them with additional tools to help ensure their success in law school.
Law Preview Scholarship Program. As a student admitted to a select number of law schools, earn a scholarship to attend Law Preview’s week-long preparation course to help guide you on the road to success.
SEO Programs. We’ve partnered with Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) on two programs to support students from underrepresented backgrounds as they pursue careers in the legal industry. The first program offers undergrad students insight into the law school application process, mental health & wellness workshops, and community-building opportunities. The second program provides incoming law students with training and a paid internship.
Judicial Clerks. Latham values your experience as a judicial clerk, and they reward it. Generally, as a clerk from a qualified court, you are eligible for progression credit plus a competitive bonus.
Lateral Hires: Here at Latham we value lawyers with a diverse set of experiences and skillsets. Check out our experienced lawyer open positions here.
Learn more about these opportunities here.