Our Summer Associate Program
Realize your potential
What makes us stand out as a firm, and as an employer, is the attention we give to the training and support of our people – not least at the start of their careers. That’s why, if you’re a law student, you won’t want to begin your career anywhere else.
Summer Associate Program
Join Linklaters as a summer associate, and you’ll gain broad exposure to our international platform and global network. Our U.S. Summer Associate Program will give you the opportunity to hone your legal skills and reach your professional goals. Your summer will be the start of your journey with the firm and provide you with genuine insight into the life of a Linklaters associate. You’ll be given true responsibility, becoming involved in significant client matters. And if you have a strong interest in starting your career abroad, you could also enjoy the opportunity to gain experience overseas.
Throughout the program, we’ll ensure you have access to partners and exposure to clients across multiple practice groups and offices. You’ll receive both formal training and informal mentoring from experienced partners and associates, and we’ll encourage you to attend associate training, as well as practice group meetings and client events. In addition, you’ll participate in pro bono work and corporate responsibility initiatives.
In 2021, our summer associates joined us from the following law schools:
University of Michigan
University of Virginia
Practice experience and splitting the summer
During the program, summer associates typically gain experience in a variety of practice areas. Those who are interested in potentially beginning their career abroad may also have the opportunity to spend all or part of the summer in one of our offices overseas. You could find yourself in New York, London, Hong Kong or Singapore, and, depending on the needs of the business, other Linklaters locations around the world may have openings. You may need relevant language skills for some office placements.
In the months before the summer program begins, we will ask you to confirm your practice and office preferences. Wherever you’re located for the summer, you will be paired with a partner and associate mentor team, as well as an officemate – typically a junior associate. 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 feel that you are part of the team.
Work assignments and feedback
Completing substantive work assignments during the summer will provide you with a realistic work experience similar to that of a junior associate. Generally, assignments will be given to you directly by partners and associates. In New York, Washington and London, the assignment process is also facilitated by workflow coordinators. If there is a particular type of deal or practice area you’re interested in, we’ll do our best to expose you to it.
You’ll 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, which reflects how we work in the wider business.
Of course, feedback is crucial for the professional development of our summer associates so we’ll provide you with two formal review opportunities. The first will happen midway through the summer, at the end of your first seat, where you’ll review your work performance with your partner mentor. It’s also your opportunity to tell us how the summer program is going from your perspective. A second and final review will take place at the conclusion of the program. In addition to these formal sessions, you’ll benefit from informal catch-up meetings with your mentors throughout the summer.
Learning, development and training
Social and special events
Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship Program
About the Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship Program
Linklaters is pleased to introduce our Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship program in our New York and Washington, D.C., offices. As a Making Links 2L Diversity Fellow at Linklaters, you will participate in our ten-week summer associate program. Throughout the program, you will receive valuable experience working alongside attorneys; training and mentoring from partners and associates; and meaningful client engagement.
Fellows are eligible to receive a stipend of US$25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) after acceptance of a full-time offer to join the Firm as an associate in 2023.
Eligibility: Linklaters’ Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship is open to second-year U.S. law students from underrepresented groups in the legal profession. To be an eligible applicant, a student must:
- be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of 2023;
- have a long-term interest in practicing law in one of Linklaters’ U.S. offices; and
- not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm or other employer during the same time period.
To apply, please provide your resume, unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts, a legal writing sample of 10 pages or less, and a personal statement of up to 500 words. Your personal statement should address your:
- interest in working at a global firm;
- interest in Linklaters, including your specific office preference; and
- notable achievements, noteworthy leadership and/or other contributions to your community.
LCLD 1L Scholars Program
About the LCLD 1L Scholars Program
Founded in 2009, LCLD (the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity) is an organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are dedicated to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. As one of our 1L LCLD Scholars, you’ll be a valued member of the U.S. Summer Associate class. You’ll participate fully in the 10-week U.S. Summer Associate Program, and work side-by-side with our partners and associates.
You’ll also experience all the benefits of being part of LCLD’s 1L Scholars Program, including:
1L Scholars Summit
At this signature annual event, you’ll attend panel discussions and hear from distinguished speakers. Plus, you’ll get the chance to network with other Scholars and LCLD members.
To support your professional development, you’ll participate in mock interviews with LCLD member attorneys. It’s a great opportunity to master interviewing techniques and learn how to make the right impression.
1L Scholars LinkedIn
By joining the Scholars’ dedicated LinkedIn group, you’ll be able to expand your network and keep up to date on the latest articles and discussions with your peers.
To apply, you will need to submit your resume and cover letter, as well as your undergraduate and law school transcripts, if they're available. Make sure your cover letter details your interest in Linklaters, and how you see yourself contributing to the firm.
For more information on LCLD, please click here.
U.S. Virtual Learning Program
Explore what life is like as a Linklaters lawyer with our U.S. Virtual Learning Program.
Throughout the virtual experience, you will sample the complex, cross-border work our lawyers do every day. You will also be able to practice and build your industry skills and discover our different practice areas.
You can participate in this program from anywhere in the world, in your own time and at your own pace. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate recognizing the new skills that you’ve learned and demonstrated.
It’s free and open to everyone, no prior legal knowledge or experience is necessary. No application is required.
Visit our application page for information on how to apply, including deadlines and the link to our application portal.