Laterals & Judicial Clerks

We are committed to developing exceptional lawyers and investing in our associates so you are empowered to shape your practice and set the course for your career.

Why Choose Debevoise

Jim Pastore, Partner, Data Strategy & Security, 
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District 

"Forget early responsibility. At Debevoise, you get instant responsibility. It was clear from the moment I arrived as a junior associate that my job wasn’t to just do whatever a partner asks. My job was to get the right answer for the client. When partners with 20+ years of experience turned to me and genuinely asked for my views, it was incredibly motivating and it was great for my growth as a lawyer. It’s how I learned to be a fearless litigator."

David Imamura, Associate,
Class of 2015, Litgation, White Collar Investigations

"The firm goes out of its way to give you stretch assignments that will help you learn and develop your skills. It’s a given that everyone pitches in and puts the client and the work product first. “How can I help?” is a very Debevoise attitude."

Exceptional Lawyering

10 Tier 1 Practices

10 Tier 1 practices and numerous Debevoise lawyers recognized as Legal 500 Hall of Famers, Leading Lawyers, Next Generation Partners and Rising Stars by Legal 500 2021

120.5 Hours

Our U.S. attorneys performed an average of 120.5 hours of pro bono work in 2020.

Ranked #4

Ranked #4 on The American Lawyer 2020 “A-List” and only firm to appear on the list every year since its inception.


Debevoise Community

Debevoise is a community of engaging and creative lawyers. We place a high value on character and diverse interests and draw on the strength of our collaborative culture to deliver the best of our firm to every client. The firm’s work spans the full range of general corporate, transactional, tax and regulatory representations and complex litigation matters in the United States and around the world.

Firm Values

Debevoise lawyers act with integrity in our dealings with clients, one another and our community.


Diversity is a core value of our firm and a critical business priority. Debevoise’s top priority has always been to provide the best legal service to our clients, and we recognize that the inclusion, sponsorship and advancement of lawyers of color, women lawyers and LGBTQ+ lawyers within the firm are cornerstones of our continued success.

Women of Debevoise

We have earned a well-respected reputation for the strength of our women lawyers and the development of several generations of women leaders at the firm. In 2016, the firm launched the Debevoise Women’s Review, a platform dedicated to spotlighting topics of interest to professional women, recognizing the achievements, initiatives and advocacy efforts of women and organizations around the world.

Pro Bono

Debevoise’s pro bono legal service reflects our commitment to the communities in which we live and work and is fundamental to who we are as lawyers.

Leadership in the Profession

Our strong record of leadership in the profession and our commitment to public service has been integral to our firm culture since Debevoise’s founding in 1931.

“It is very client-centric and very commercial; it has a one-team mentality.”

Chambers USA

Experienced Attorneys

  • Experienced Attorneys
  • Work Assignments and Training
  • Advising and Mentoring

Lateral Attorneys

We welcome applications from experienced lawyers who want to work on challenging, high-profile matters with colleagues who take pride in client service and in developing talented associates. Debevoise looks for applicants with strong academic credentials and experience who share our dedication to quality, collaboration and adherence to the highest standards of professional and client service.

Judicial Clerks

Judicial clerkships can be an important building block to a legal career, and Debevoise routinely hires lawyers post-clerkship. Following a clerkship, new associates will likely be placed with their graduating law school class and will generally receive a bonus and one year of credit for each year of clerkship.

The Work

As an associate at Debevoise, you will work on complex projects involving cutting-edge issues. Clients bring us their most complicated matters, which means that associates at all levels of seniority get hands-on experience—whether building a case for a litigation client or structuring and closing a deal. Whatever the matter, associates are important members of every team and have responsibility for helping to deliver the best work product possible for our clients.

Training and Development

We invest in our associates’ development by offering training programs tailored for each stage of your career. You will have access to hundreds of hours of practice-specific and department-level trainings held throughout the year. Our milestone programs support you as you navigate the transitions in your career, from junior to mid-level to senior attorney. Read more >


Advising and Mentoring

At Debevoise, advising and mentoring relationships with partners and more senior associates are important to helping our associates develop professionally—whether these relationships are established through our formal or informal advising programs or work assignments. Advisors are available to discuss career and practice development issues, suggest ways to build a well-rounded skill set and offer guidance on deepening client relationships. Read more >


Interviewing at Debevoise

Who We Are Looking For

Ambitious, intelligent, engaging, intense, commercially minded people who are committed to being dynamic individuals and excellent lawyers.

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Life as an Associate at Debevoise

We are committed to developing exceptional lawyers and investing in our associates so you are empowered to shape your practice and set the course for your career.

Join Us

Please feel free to submit a resume and transcript to our Legal Recruiting Department at