Summer Associates 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 2016 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

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.

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, which will be followed either by lunch or afternoon coffee with two junior-level associates.

4. What expenses does the firm reimburse?

For call-back 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. After interviewing, when will I find out if 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.

6. Is there a minimum or maximum number of weeks summer associates spend with the firm?

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 2017.

7. 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 attend a client meeting or have the opportunity to make a court appearance.

8. Do summer associates travel for work?

Students interested in working in one of our international offices during the summer are encouraged to express their interest during the recruiting process. Selection for a stint in one of the international offices is based on international office needs, experience, background and language skills. International office stints are confirmed in the spring. In addition, summer associates occasionally have the opportunity to travel for work based on particular assignments on which they are staffed.

9. 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.

10. Will I have a mentor during the summer?

Each summer associate is assigned both a partner advisor and an associate advisor. These contacts provide insight into different practice areas and allow you to learn more about the people who make up Debevoise. Additionally, you will have plenty of other opportunities, both formal and informal, to ask questions and to learn about the firm.

11. When are associate offers made?

Each summer associate is hired with the expectation that we will be able to extend an offer to her or him to return as a full-time associate. Summer associates will be informed of our decision on their last day at the firm in the summer.

12. Will I be working in one practice area or will I be rotating?

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

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

Debevoise offers a wide range of activities over the summer. A party at the Central Park Zoo, Shakespeare in the Park, a cooking class and baseball games just to name a few. Partners also host dinner parties at their homes throughout the summer.

14. What is the salary for summer associates?

We offer a competitive summer associate salary. Summer associates in our 2016 class were paid $3,500 weekly.

15. 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.