U.S. Law Students


Summer Associate Program

We invite any rising 2Ls to apply directly to our 2025 Summer Programs in our New York; Washington, DC; and San Francisco offices. Once you have received your Spring semester grades, please send a resume, transcript, and cover letter indicating any practice area(s) in which you may be interested to:

New York or Washington, DC (please specify to which office(s) you are applying) – recruit@debevoise.com

San Francisco – SFLegalRecruiting@debevoise.com

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 a team on active assignments. We’ll provide you with opportunities to grow and develop by leveraging meaningful training and direct mentorship.

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Why Choose Debevoise

Tigist Kassahun, Counsel,
Class of 2015

"Clients come to Debevoise with complex, novel issues, and rely on us to craft the best solution for their business and bring our innovative thinking to every question. I like being a part of that, and working alongside partners who are eager to teach associates. I’m constantly learning."

Debevoise M&A Co-Chairs Look to Teach Junior Lawyers

M&A Co-Chairs Michael Diz and Kevin Rinker spoke to Law360 about our emphasis on associate development and mentoring. “We spend a lot of time focusing on attracting and retaining associate talent, making sure they’re having a good experience and are developing into well-rounded, top-notch lawyers,” Rinker said.

Cari Gallman, Alumna –   
Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, 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."

Debevoise Opens San Francisco Office

Debevoise's San Francisco office brings on-the-ground corporate and litigation capabilities to the firm’s growing Bay Area and West Coast client base.  Read the announcement >

Exceptional Lawyering

A “best-in-class" group with a "truly international practice.”

Chambers Global

“Debevoise & Plimpton has for years demonstrated its ability to juggle a host of complex matters across multiple countries.”

Global Investigations Review 100

40% of Debevoise lawyers promoted to partner since 2008 have been women.



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 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

Summer Associate Program Details

  • Summer Associate Experience
  • Summer Associate Experience – D.C.
  • Summer Associate Experience – San Francisco

Work Assignments

Summer associates are involved in meaningful client work from the outset, from mergers and acquisitions 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. Throughout the summer, there are opportunities for formal evaluations and informal feedback. 

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. You will also be given informal feedback on a continuous basis in addition to a formal evaluation process at mid and end of summer.



During summer orientation, we will introduce you to the firm – to Debevoise partners, counsel and associates, your fellow summer associates and the practice of law. Summer associates have opportunities to bond with their class during orientation activities. 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 information about our diversity and pro bono programs, and 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. Past summer events have included cooking classes, trivia night, dinner parties at partners’ homes and a private outing at the Central Park Zoo. This summer, our events included a virtual trivia game, scavenger hunt, painting, pizza-making and chocolate-tasting classes, and a livestream of “Shakespeare in the Park.”

Pro Bono

In 2020, 66% 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. Our D.C. office is the highly successful place it is because our lawyers are driven, hard-working, solutions-oriented and commercially savvy individuals who work to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. That dedication is always reflected in our world-class work product. Learn more > 

From our office in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant financial district, Debevoise corporate, regulatory and litigation lawyers handle groundbreaking work for the Bay Area’s most innovative companies, especially in the technology and private investment sectors, while serving as a critical hub in the firm’s global office network. Our work in the region includes advising clients on a range of corporate transactions as well as cutting edge issues like cryptocurrency regulation, groundbreaking fund structures and ESG guidance. Led by seven Debevoise partners, the office provides capabilities in mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formation, white collar and regulatory defense, data strategy and security and intellectual property litigation. 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 experience and shape their career.

Join Us

If you are interested in applying for our 2023 summer program, please submit your resume and transcript to recruit@debevoise.com or meet with us during your law school’s on-campus interview program. For the first time, we will be accepting applications for a summer program in our new downtown San Francisco office, in addition to New York and Washington, DC.