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Summer Program Overview


Summer associates gain genuine insight into life at a law firm through hands-on experience and guidance from our lawyers. You'll participate in actual client work, form meaningful relationships, and find outstanding opportunities to build your career.


Our goal is for summer associates to get to know DLA Piper and envision what it means to be a knowledgeable, highly skilled, and well-rounded lawyer. The summer program also includes a three-day retreat for summer associates from all of our U.S. offices to get to know one another....

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Stacy Silverstone...


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Atlanta...


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Schools Visited for OCI

Berkeley Law...


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Bay Area Diversity Job Fair...

Summer Program Overview


Summer associates gain genuine insight into life at a law firm through hands-on experience and guidance from our lawyers. You'll participate in actual client work, form meaningful relationships, and find outstanding opportunities to build your career.


Our goal is for summer associates to get to know DLA Piper and envision what it means to be a knowledgeable, highly skilled, and well-rounded lawyer. The summer program also includes a three-day retreat for summer associates from all of our U.S. offices to get to know one another....

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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

Stacy Silverstone...


More

Offices with Program

Atlanta...


More

Schools Visited for OCI

Berkeley Law...


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Career Fairs Attended

Bay Area Diversity Job Fair...

Survey Says


Training & Assignments

  • Opportunities to contribute substantively to ongoing matters in a range of practice areas, including pro bono matters. Lots of opportunities for close mentoring from senior attorneys.”
  • I was given substantive assignments for ongoing litigation. I worked directly with partners and associates, who provided helpful and clear instructions, clarifications as needed, and constructive feedback for each assignment. In fact, I can count at least two occasions in which I have been asked to pull up work product I previously prepared as a summer associate to share with my team as the litigation revisited certain issues. I also was able to attend a court hearing and meet the presiding judge.”
  • The summer program is geared toward research and writing projects, which are reviewed and feedback is given by designated partners.”
  • I felt well integrated into the team. I got to work with so many different lawyers across different offices. Most of the relationships I developed with associates and partners continued when I started working at the firm.”

Social Opportunities

  • The firm has many summer associate events, most notably the three-day summer associate retreat where summers from across the country get together to attend training events and socialize. My summer, we saw Hamilton in Chicago.”
  • The firm provides excellent social opportunities for our summer program, from multiple lunches with associates and partners in various practice groups to evening social functions, the firm put a lot of thought into summer activities that gave us the chance to know the firm's culture a bit better.”
  • The social programs were great, well attended by attorneys, and lots of fun. The small size of our summer class made bonding very natural.”
  • I felt very connected to other summers and especially the class at large. The retreat in Chicago really fostered those relationships.”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • I knew early on exactly what area of the law that I wanted to practice and I was fortunate to have many opportunities to work directly with that practice group as a summer associate. When I returned as a junior associate, I hit the ground running in my desired practice area. The partners and senior associates I work with have become close colleagues, mentors, and sponsors. I genuinely believe that they are invested in my success as an attorney and growth as an individual.”
  • DLA is very forthright about the firm while we are in the summer associate program. There were never any promises but rather realistic expectations for future firm life. We actually worked hard over the summer and so, it was a realistic presentation of what life at the firm would be like.”
  • Everyone was very honest about what to expect as a first-year, but hearing it and living it are two very different things, especially when we started working remotely. I would have liked to have been exposed to doc review as a summer, so I'd actually know what it looked like for practice. I don't think I understood how leanly we staff matters as a summer. All promises were met; I got the practice area I asked for, pro-bono is as respected and valued as they said it would be, etc. …”

Favorite Summer Events

  • The summer retreat to Chicago was my favorite event because we were able to meet other summers from around the country, which is in keeping with the DLA business model of a firm linked nationwide and internationally.”
  • Laser tag.”
  • Mixology class.”