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Our Summer Associate Program

Our Summer Associate Program serves as a cornerstone not just for the recruitment of outstanding associates, but for the future success of our firm. During the program, summer associates in each of our U.S. offices have the opportunity to work on several projects with different lawyers in a variety of practice areas. Summer Associates also observe and, when possible, assist in trials, hearings, depositions, and negotiations, and participate in client meetings and closings. Through these experiences, they gain a realistic view of what it is like to practice law at Paul Hastings on a day-to-day basis.

As a summer associate at Paul Hastings, you can expect:

  • Mentoring from partners and associates
  • A collaborative work environment with open doors
  • Substantive and challenging projects in a variety of practice areas
  • Superb writing skills training through our firm-wide writing program
  • Guidance and detailed feedback on your work
  • Opportunities to interact with our lawyers at various social events

Our Commitment to Your Professional Development

From summer associate to partner, the paths to opportunity are diverse and dependent on one key factor: your imagination. As a learning organization, we are committed to the growth and advancement of talented legal practitioners and leaders. Our Superior Performance & Coaching program is the basis for effectively managing our talent. It defines successful behaviors and establishes expectations in the development and coaching relationship for both associates and partners.

Our associates also may take advantage of the firm’s extensive professional development services, which include:

  • Legal skills training and practice development
  • A career roadmap for associate advancement
  • Professional development opportunities that enhance associate excellence
  • Mentoring, coaching, and career counseling
  • Performance management

Our Criteria for Summer Associates

Exceptional talent leads to extraordinary results – this is the driving narrative in our firm’s history, and it is our strategy for the journey ahead. As such, we seek students with the core competencies that are the hallmarks of successful associates at Paul Hastings:

  • Academic excellence
  • Critical thinking
  • Crucial communication skills
  • Work process excellence
  • Achievement drive
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Dedication to client service excellence
  • Proactive professional presence
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member

Our Intellectual Property Practice

Paul Hastings also recruits students interested in IP Litigation for the Summer Associate programs in our New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, and Washington, DC offices. IP candidates should meet the additional hiring criteria for the office in which they are interested:

  • New York – Students should have college and graduate degrees in either the life or physical sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering).
  • Palo Alto, San Diego, Washington, DC – Students should have an electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science degree. Other technical and engineering backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In Palo Alto, technical work experience is preferred. In Washington, DC, Japanese language skills are a plus.

To learn more about our recruitment process and your potential career at Paul Hastings, visit the Career Center page on our website.