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Summer Program Overview


Arnold & Porter is renowned for its commitment to excellence, multidisciplinary approach, deep industry knowledge, diverse and inclusive culture, and a dedication to pro bono and public service. Our summer program immerses summer associates in the values that shape our firm and drive the highest level of legal excellence in service to our clients and commitment to social justice. The summer program is designed to provide summer associates with exposure to the substantive skills they will use in practice, the firm's core values, and the meaningful work we do for our commerc...

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1L Summers

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Amanda Leslie...


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Berkeley Law...


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Bay Area Diversity Job Fair...

Summer Program Overview


Arnold & Porter is renowned for its commitment to excellence, multidisciplinary approach, deep industry knowledge, diverse and inclusive culture, and a dedication to pro bono and public service. Our summer program immerses summer associates in the values that shape our firm and drive the highest level of legal excellence in service to our clients and commitment to social justice. The summer program is designed to provide summer associates with exposure to the substantive skills they will use in practice, the firm's core values, and the meaningful work we do for our commerc...

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No. of Summer Associates (2021)


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Summer Program Length


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1L Summers

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No. of Summer Associates (2021)


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Summer Program Length


More

1L Summers



More

Assigned to Specific Practice Area



More

Split Summer with Another Firm



More

Split Summer with Another Office



More

Summer Associate Salary



More

Summer Program Contact

Amanda Leslie...


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Offices with Program

Chicago...


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Schools Visited for OCI

Berkeley Law...


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Career Fairs Attended

Bay Area Diversity Job Fair...

Survey Says


Training & Assignments

  • I really appreciated how flexible the program was in that you could try assignments from several different practice areas to determine whether we were interested in them or not.”
  • Received substantive legal assignments and was given a series of exciting shadowing opportunities such as depositions and a Federal Circuit argument moot.”
  • Assignments were highly substantive. The partners were engaged in the assignments as well, and followed up with me to tell me how the work product was used.”
  • The best part of the summer program, apart from social opportunities, was the fact that assigning partners and the recruiting team truly cared about the types of assignments summer associates wanted to try. Weekly check-ins allowed us to voice what we were currently working on and what we would like to work on.”

Social Opportunities

  • Social events were fabulous. We had a lunch budget to take out attorneys every day and get to know them. The lunches were always really rewarding and fun.”
  • The firm had 2x week cocktail parties which were a great way to meet people, and were not at all stuffy. The social activities were incredibly fun and things you'd otherwise want to be doing outside of work.”
  • The firm did an excellent job of creating a welcoming and positive environment for summer associates. This really stood out to me. The positive workplace culture of the firm is one of the main reasons I picked it for both my summer associate and post-graduate positions.”
  • The firm planned a number of social events over the course of the summer, which were attend by summer associates, associates, and partners. I was able to meet/interact with most of the individuals in my office through these events. The firm also planned events specifically designed to allow the summer associates to bond with one another.”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • I don't think my experience practicing thus far has differed from my expectations that I had when I was a summer associate. I feel valued for my work, even though I'm only a first year, and everyone has been very friendly and pleasant to work with.”
  • I have been pleasantly surprised by the high degree of responsibility and amount of trust placed in young associates. I have also enjoyed have say in the types of cases I work on.”
  • The summer program provided a good window into life at the firm.”
  • Nothing can prepare you for the intensity and the hours (or remote work when your summer was in-person), but the office culture remains the same and the people exceptional.”

Favorite Summer Events

  • The Hay Adams dinner event was great!”
  • Food truck festival at managing partner's house.”
  • To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway.”