Law students

If you want a head start in your career in commercial law, there’s no better place to start than Linklaters’ U.S. summer associate program. For us, this marks the start of your professional development with the firm, while providing a genuine insight into life as a junior associate.
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LCLD 1L Scholars Program

Linklaters is a proud member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. First-year law students are encouraged to apply to join our U.S. Summer Associate Program in New York as 1L LCLD Scholars. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2017.

Realize your potential

We believe our strength as a firm, and what makes us stand out as an employer, lies in the attention we give to the training and support of our people. That’s why, if you’re a law student, you wouldn’t want to start your career anywhere else.

Summer Associate Program

One of the advantages of joining Linklaters is the exposure to our international platform and global network that our summer associates receive. The U.S. Summer Associate Program gives you the opportunity to hone your skills and reach your goals. It marks the start of your professional development with the firm, while providing a genuine insight into life as a Linklaters associate. You’ll be given real responsibility and become involved in significant matters through work in at least two practice areas. What’s more, if you have a strong interest in starting your career abroad, you could also have the opportunity to gain experience overseas.

Throughout the program, we ensure you have access to partners and exposure to clients across multiple practice groups and offices. You will receive both formal training and informal mentoring from experienced partners and associates, and will be encouraged to attend associate trainings, practice group meetings and client events. In addition, you’ll participate in pro bono work and corporate responsibility initiatives.

Our 2017 summer associates join us from the following law schools:

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • New York Law School 
  • New York University School of Law
  • Stanford Law School
  • University of Michigan Law School

Read our Summer Associate Program factsheet here.

Practice area rotations and splitting the summer

You will work in at least two different practice divisions during the program, and have the opportunity to be based (or “seated”) in one or two different offices. The offices that most commonly offer summer seats for U.S. law students are New York, London and Hong Kong, although additional offices may have openings depending upon the firm’s needs. Relevant language skills may be preferred or required for some office placements.

During the winter before the summer program begins, we will ask you to indicate your practice and office preferences. Whichever office you are located in, you will sit within a practice group during each half of the summer, typically paired with a junior associate officemate. This will allow you to observe the day-to-day life of an associate, experience first-hand the way in which our people work together, and really feel that you are part of the team.

Work assignments and feedback

Your work assignments are generally provided directly by partners and associates. In New York and London, the assignment process is also facilitated by senior lawyers who serve as summer associate workflow coordinators. Our primary goal is to give you a realistic work experience similar to that of a junior associate. If there is a particular type of deal or area of practice you are interested in, we will try to expose you to it. You will also be strongly encouraged to take on pro bono assignments and participate in volunteer projects. Our dedicated pro bono manager works with each of our summer associates to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to at least one pro bono matter.

Feedback is important for anyone who is striving towards new goals, so we provide two formal review opportunities. The first happens midway through the summer – at the end of your first seat – where you will have a review of your work performance with your partner mentor. This is also an opportunity for you to tell us how the program is going from your perspective. A second and final review will take place at the conclusion of the program. In addition to these more formal review sessions, you will have scheduled informal catch-up meetings with your mentors throughout the summer.

Learning, development and training

We run a dedicated training program for our summer associates to help you develop your talents. It includes sessions introducing our main areas of practice and training geared towards refining your skills for a successful career. Many of our weekly training sessions are run by partners or counsel. You’ll also be invited to participate in the training offered to associates, which includes everything from in-house classes on bankruptcy law to discussions on recent developments in the banking industry, and seminars on depositions and discovery.

Click here to learn more about lawyer training and development at Linklaters.

Social and special events

Our summer program includes a wide range of activities to help you get to know partners and associates. Recent events include parties at partners' homes, outings to sporting events, and private tours of museum exhibits. The signature event of the summer program is our three-day retreat at the midpoint of the summer. All of our U.S. summer associates convene in London for a unique combination of educational sessions and social events. The agenda includes presentations on the work of our global practice groups, roundtable discussions with senior management, tours of London's commercial courts, a ride on the London Eye, and a flagship formal dinner event with our London attorneys.

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Frequently asked questions

How is the summer associate interview process structured?

After interviewing with one of our attorneys on campus, students who are invited to our office for additional interviews will meet with four attorneys and one of our recruitment professionals. Your schedule of interviewers will be planned with your practice and office interests in mind, and to ensure that you get to meet a mix of senior and junior lawyers. Callback interviews are ordinarily held in our New York office.

Offer decisions are typically communicated within a few days of your callback interviews.  Students who receive offers to join the U.S. Summer Associate Program are encouraged to come back to the office to meet with more attorneys. We will also put you in contact with former summer associates at your law school, and coordinate conversations with attorneys in offices outside the U.S., to answer any additional questions you may have.  

How long is the U.S. Summer Associate Program?

The program is 10 weeks long.  In 2016, it will run from May 23 to July 29.

Do you assist with work permits for overseas placements?

Yes, we will organize work permits/visas where required for anyone we hire.

How will I find overseas housing?

We will locate housing for overseas summer associate placements. While we do not find housing for our summer associates in New York, we provide various resources to assist you with your housing search.

How many summer associates choose to return to the firm after graduation?

 100% of offer recipients in our 2013 and 2014 summer classes, and 90% of those in our 2015 class, accepted their offers to return to the firm as new lawyers after graduation. 

Do you offer any other internship programs in your U.S. offices?

We do not offer internships for law students other than our U.S. Summer Associate Program.

We partner with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) to provide internships in our New York office for underrepresented students of color who have been accepted to law school.

Are law students outside the U.S. or U.S. LL.M. students eligible to apply to the U.S. Summer Associate Program?

Only those students currently pursuing a J.D. degree in the United States are eligible to participate in Linklaters’ U.S. Summer Associate Program. 

What opportunities are there to work overseas as an associate?

There are many opportunities for our U.S. lawyers to work overseas. This is, of course, dependent on a number of factors, including the needs of various practice areas. There are also opportunities for first-year lawyers to start their careers in an overseas office. In recent years, new graduates have joined our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong (including our Korea practice) and Paris.

Mobility is very much a part of life at Linklaters, across all offices and practice areas. Even those associates who start in New York and wish to be based there for the duration of their careers may be asked to do brief secondments in other offices as business needs arise. For example, in recent years, several of our litigation associates have spent time in London and Frankfurt to work on document reviews for various high-profile matters.

What is Linklaters’ Equal Employment Opportunity policy?

Linklaters is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, benefits, compensation, and training.