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Our summer associate program is focused on providing the best possible start to your career. Experience life as a first-year associate by becoming part of the team on active assignments. We’ll provide you with opportunities to grow and develop by leveraging meaningful training and direct mentorship.

Why Choose Debevoise

Cari Wint, Alumna –   
Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb

"As a litigation associate, you’re working on incredibly complex cases involving cutting-edge issues and novel legal theories. The work product we turned out was only the best of the best. The skills I developed very early on at Debevoise are fundamental to what I do now as a senior in-house attorney at a Fortune 500 company."

Andrew Jamieson, Associate,
Class of 2011

"Debevoise is the best place to practice corporate law in New York City. You get to work on challenging, high-profile and exciting matters with colleagues who take pride in client service and in training associates."

Exceptional Lawyering

"The team was filled with extraordinarily capable lawyers whose service and thinking were world-class."

Chambers USA 2017

The immediate past SEC Chair and Director of Enforcement rejoined our litigation and white collar team in 2017, which includes 15 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys or senior Department of Justice attorneys.

40%

40% of our partner promotions since 2008 have been women.

What People Say About Us Clients We Serve

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

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 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

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

Summer Associate Program Details

  • WORK ASSIGNMENTS & TRAINING
  • ADVISING
  • Summer Associate Experience
  • Summer Associate Experience – D.C.

Work Assignments

Summer associates are involved in meaningful client work from the outset, from merger & acquisition transactions (both domestic and cross-border) to international arbitrations to initial public offerings. We find that the interests of many summer associates evolve as they are exposed to different practice areas through work assignments, training programs and discussions with their colleagues. Our summer program offers the flexibility to explore different practice areas, or focus on just one.

Training and Development

Summer associates are invited to attend all department and practice lunches alongside Debevoise lawyers and participate in firm training programs. At department and practice lunches, lawyers discuss substantive developments and exchange insights about issues affecting clients in their respective practices. Examples of training programs include the fundamentals of negotiation (including a series of simulated negotiations and discussion), a course on developing a core theory of a litigation, a workshop on effective legal writing and a “Private Equity Funds 101” program. Read more >

 

Advisor Program

You will be assigned both a partner advisor and an associate advisor during your summer at Debevoise. Their role is to serve as a resource as you gain insights into different practice areas, getting to know the Debevoise community and navigating the firm—by taking you to lunch, introducing you to other lawyers and staff, pointing you to firm resources and answering your questions. Your partner advisor will provide feedback on your work so you can learn and get the most out of your summer experience.

 

Orientation

During summer orientation, we will introduce you to the firm – to Debevoise partners and associates, your fellow summer associates and the practice of law. Summer associates have opportunities to bond with their class during orientation activities and ask questions at panel discussions and “Ask an Associate” Q&A sessions. Firm leaders will also share how the firm’s values are embodied in how we serve our clients and work with each other. Orientation offers exposure to our diversity and pro bono programs and information about the opportunities for summer associates to get involved.

Social Events

The summer experience is meant to be fun and engaging, in addition to providing a challenging learning experience. Organized social events introduce summer associates to New York, to each other and to lawyers within the firm. These include dinners hosted by partners in their homes, sporting and cultural events and pro bono benefits and activities. In 2017, for example, summer associates attended associate receptions, our annual event at the Central Park Zoo, Shakespeare in the Park, trivia night and cooking classes. They also had the opportunity to organize two events of their own choosing.

Pro Bono

In 2017, more than 95% of Debevoise summer associates worked on pro bono assignments, many of which provided drafting and client counseling experience. Summer associates can participate in a wide variety of challenging and high-impact pro bono matters with leading legal service organizations, including The Legal Aid Society, Sanctuary for Families, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality and Start Small Think Big. Opportunities include corporate projects for not-for-profit organizations, stand-up experience in family law and disability matters, research and writing on international human rights issues, civil rights litigation and representations of low-income individuals.

 

Washington, D.C. is a demanding environment for lawyers, and our Washington lawyers work in an atmosphere that achieves the best possible outcome for our clients. Our Washington lawyers share the traits that are reflected in our work product. They are driven, hard-working, solutions-oriented and commercially savvy individuals that make our office the highly successful place that it is. Learn more > 

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Who We Are Looking For

Ambitious, intelligent, engaging, intense, commercially minded people, committed to being excellent lawyers and maintaining the highest ethical and effective relationships with clients.

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Life as an Associate at Debevoise

We are committed to developing exceptional lawyers and investing in our associates. Debevoise provides the support, as well as the flexibility, for associates to build their expertise and shape their career.

Join Us

Please feel free to submit a resume and transcript to our Legal Recruiting Department at recruit@debevoise.com.