Summer Associate FAQs

1. How do I apply for a summer associate position?

Debevoise recruits on campus at about 25 law schools and job fairs. For a complete listing, please see the 2019 On-Campus Interview Schedule. If your school is not on this list, please feel free to submit a resume and transcript to our Legal Recruiting Department at recruit@debevoise.com.

2. What should I bring to my interview?

Please bring copies of your resume and transcript to the interview. Writing samples and references are not required. We recommend business attire for your interview.

3. How long will the interview last?

Your interview at Debevoise will last half a day. During that time, you will meet with three partners, counsel or senior-level associates, followed by either lunch or afternoon coffee with two junior-level associates.

4. What expenses does the firm reimburse?

For callback interviews, we reimburse all reasonable travel, meal and hotel expenses. Debevoise has an in-house travel department that can assist you with these arrangements.

5. How will I be reimbursed for expenses related to travel for my call-back interview?

Travel and hotel arrangements to New York should be made by the firm you select as your “host” firm. The “host” firm will be responsible for billing the other firms you visit on your trip. Retain your receipts for any additional costs you incur on your trip (i.e., taxis, meals, parking, etc.). Submit all receipts and the NALP Travel Expense Reimbursement Form to your “host” firm.

Please direct receipts and Travel Expense Reimbursement Forms for the Debevoise New York office to:

              Tarah Fuller-Davis 
      Legal Recruiting Assistant
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    919 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    TFuller@debevoise.com
    (212) 909-6561

6. After interviewing, when will I find out whether I have received an offer?

We try to make offer decisions as soon as possible after receiving the interviewers’ evaluations. Our hiring committee meets frequently to review files. You should expect to hear from us within 3-5 days after your interview.

7. What if I still have questions after receiving an offer?

We invite you to return to the office to meet with additional lawyers. If you are unable to make a return visit, we would be happy to put you in touch with lawyers who will be able to answer your questions via phone or email.

8. When does the summer program start? Are there a minimum or maximum number of weeks summer associates spend with the firm?

Summer associates can arrive on various dates throughout the summer. The minimum and maximum number of weeks is set in the spring of each year. Historically, our minimum number of weeks has been six and we expect it to remain at six weeks for the summer of 2020.

9. What is the dress code?

The year-round dress code at Debevoise is business casual. We do recommend, however, that you keep a suit in your office should you have the opportunity to attend a client meeting or make a court appearance.

10. Do summer associates travel for work?

Students who wish to work in one of our international offices are encouraged to express their interest during the recruiting process. Selection for a stint in an international office is based on office need, experience, background and language skills. Generally, 8 to 10 summer associates perform international office stints which are confirmed in the spring. Summer associates may also have the opportunity to travel for particular work assignments.

11. Will I be able to work on pro bono matters?

Debevoise has a long-standing and widely recognized commitment to pro bono work. We strongly encourage both summer associates and full-time lawyers to become involved in pro bono projects.

12. Will I have an advisor or mentor during the summer?

Each summer associate is assigned both a partner advisor and an associate advisor, generally based on common interests or backgrounds. The advisors are available to talk to and offer advice to summer associates, as well as provide insight into different practice areas of the firm.

13. When are associate offers made?

Each summer associate is hired with the expectation that we will extend an offer to return as a full-time associate.

On their last day at the firm, summer associates will receive an exit interview where their advising partner will review the feedback from their work assignments and will inform the summer associate of our offer decision.

14. During the summer, will I be working in one practice area or will I be rotating? How are summer associates staffed on assignments?

Debevoise does not have a formal rotation system for summer associate work assignments. Each week, a member of the Legal Recruiting Department will contact you regarding the status of your current work assignments and ask what types of assignments you would like to work on next. Because your interests may change during the course of the summer, you will be able to update your interests and find work assignments in new areas you would like to explore.

15. What opportunities do summer associates have to meet and interact with lawyers?

Summer associates can expect to have extensive interactions with lawyers at all levels of seniority. In addition to working with lawyers, summer associates can meet full-time lawyers through our numerous social events. These include dinners hosted by partners in their homes, sporting and cultural events, and pro bono benefits and other activities.

16. What types of social activities are offered to summer associates?

Debevoise offers a wide range of activities over the summer so that you can get to know the members of your class as well as Debevoise associates, counsel and partners. Recent social activities have included: our annual party at the Central Park Zoo, Shakespeare in the Park, a cooking class, trivia night, affinity group events, and baseball games, just to name a few. Summer associates also have the opportunity to organize two events of their own choosing.

17. What is the salary for summer associates?

Associate and summer associate compensation firm-wide at Debevoise is competitive with other major New York firms. Summer associates in the 2019 class are compensated $3,700 weekly. For more information about compensations and benefits, please click here.

18. How many U.S. summer programs does Debevoise offer?

We have two formal summer programs, in New York and Washington, D.C. Each office hires summer associates directly.

19. How do I contact the Legal Recruiting Department?

If you have any questions regarding your interview in our New York office, please contact the Legal Recruitment Department at 212-909-8300.