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
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York 
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Intellectual Property, Litigation

"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."

Richard Harper, Associate
Class of 2012 
Commercial Litigation, Healthcare

"My partner advisor has made a very purposeful investment in my professional development. The advising and mentoring I’ve received at Debevoise is focused on making sure I flourish as an attorney."

Exceptional Lawyering


39% of Debevoise lawyers promoted to partner since 2008 have been women.

“They are incredibly knowledgeable and have valuable and difficult-to-find expertise. They always have another person who is just as knowledgeable and talented, which is a real testament to their people and development.”

- Chambers USA, 2016

Ranked among the 10 best legal advisors in dealing with board-level M&A corporate governance issues and director liability issues.

Directors & Boards, 2015

What People Say About Us Clients We Serve

Debevoise Community

Debevoise is a community of engaging, intense 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, 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. We respect the different backgrounds and perspectives of everyone at the firm, and support colleagues in developing to their full potential.

Women of Debevoise

We have earned a reputation for the strength of our women lawyers and the development of several generations of women leaders at the firm.

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

We believe no other firm can match our record of leadership in the profession or commitment to public service.

"A consistent, classy group of service-oriented, ethical and commonsensical folks."

Chambers USA, 2016

Experienced Lawyers

  • Work Assignments and Training
  • Advising

Lateral Lawyers

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’ll work on complex cases involving cutting edge issues. Clients bring us their most complicated matters, which means that associates of all levels of seniority get hands-on experience—whether building a case for a litigation client or structuring or 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’ll have access to hundreds of hours of practice-specific and department-level trainings held throughout the year. Our “milestones” program supports associates 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 advising program 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 >


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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