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Summer Program Overview


As a summer associate at Dechert, you will discover what it’s like to work at one of the world’s most respected and dynamic firms. From day one of the program, you will build your network when you join us in New York to meet your summer associate colleagues from around the U.S. When you return to your home office, we will offer you challenging assignments working on the most sophisticated matters in the legal market. You will have the opportunity to take real responsibility on substantive work for clients and will be introduced to our award-winning pro bono program. Our collaborative ...

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Laura Creque...


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Boston College Law School...


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Career Fairs Attended

Lavender Law Career Fair...

Summer Program Overview


As a summer associate at Dechert, you will discover what it’s like to work at one of the world’s most respected and dynamic firms. From day one of the program, you will build your network when you join us in New York to meet your summer associate colleagues from around the U.S. When you return to your home office, we will offer you challenging assignments working on the most sophisticated matters in the legal market. You will have the opportunity to take real responsibility on substantive work for clients and will be introduced to our award-winning pro bono program. Our collaborative ...

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No. of Summer Associates (2021)


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Summer Program Length


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1L Summers

More

No. of Summer Associates (2021)


More

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

When Does Firm Begin Accepting Resumes for Summer Program



More

Summer Associate Salary



More

Summer Program Contact

Laura Creque...


More

Offices with Program

Boston...


More

Schools Visited for OCI

Boston College Law School...


More

Career Fairs Attended

Lavender Law Career Fair...

Survey Says


Training & Assignments

  • “The firm did a great job of encouraging everyone to try assignments from multiple practice areas and provided a broad range of training so that the summer associates could get a feel for what they actually enjoyed working on.”
  • “I received substantive work as a summer that really mattered in the preparation of our case, for example, creating first drafts of letters to opposing counsel and conducting legal research on a contested issue.”
  • “Extremely substantive work. The open market system allows summers to try a variety of work, which is quite valuable—and not the case at most other firms.”
  • “I worked on many substantive projects where I had an opportunity to make meaningful contributions. Assigning attorneys often explained the context of what I was working on. I regularly shadowed partners on calls and conferences and received daily mentorship from partners in my office.”

Social Opportunities

  • “There were lots of good lunches, dinners, and social events. Summer associates got to know each other and became friends. It was a fun summer!”
  • “The summer events were well attended by the firm attorneys and were a fun, low-pressure way to meet people.”
  • “Everyone was extremely welcoming, pleasant, and excited to have us. I felt like a respected member of the team and like I built strong relationships that continued into my first year as an associate.”
  • “There was a lot of social opportunities. The attorneys in my office regularly took us out to lunch. There was great camaraderie with summer associates across all offices. The firmwide orientation at the start of the summer helped build relationships that have lasted into our start as associates two years later.”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • “My experience as a first-year associate was consistent with the expectations that I had as a summer associate. I thought the summer associate program provided a well-rounded and substantive experience of the role and responsibilities of a first-year associate.”
  • “I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of freedom I was given upon starting with the firm.”
  • “While the work was an accurate representation of the practice groups, I know multiple people who in my year (at different offices) who did not get their first or even second choice of practice group. Practice group assignments are driven by the firm's need and not the associates' rankings.”
  • “Expectations were exceeded. The team I work with is amazing, and we have open communication.”

Favorite Summer Events

  • “Washington Nationals baseball game.”
  • “Sailing in the harbor.”
  • “Segway tour of Philadelphia.”