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2024 DIVERSITY DATABASE PREMIUM SPONSOR Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2024): 113 total (101 2Ls; 12 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 92 out of 92

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10-11 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Donna M. Harris
Director of Legal Recruiting—U.S.
(212) 225-3170

Our Survey Says

  • “I had the opportunity to try different practice areas and work on substantive assignments as a summer associate. Throughout the summer program, associates and partners provided thoughtful feedback on my work.”
  • “I was pleasantly surprised at the degree to which I had the opportunity to contribute substantively to work assignments. I felt very fortunate to have a partner and associates who were patient and willing to help me understand what we were doing and why.”
  • “I felt that the assignments I was given were really closely aligned with my areas of interest, and I got the opportunity to write substantive memos and to work closely with associates on my teams. Especially in a truncated summer, I was overall very pleased with the quality of the work that I was given.”
  • “We had a significant amount of training and were able to work substantively, especially on pro bono. I wrote a portion of a Supreme Court amicus brief as a summer, and this took up the bulk of my time. I also assisted with a few corporate assignments, a business development assignment, and a doc review assignment.”
  • “We had a number of fun events. We usually do a big-name concert (Ariana Grande was my year), a Broadway show, a number of large firmwide parties, and smaller group events.”
  • “The social events were very well attended by summer associates and full-time associates alike. Partners were also present and involved in summer programming.”
  • “The events they organized were very well attended, and everyone at the firm seemed enthusiastic about them and about meeting summer associates. Also, great dancers.”
  • “There were an optimal amount of social events held virtually with well-diversified themes, including paint night, book club, terrarium making, etc. I also liked the ‘pod’ meetings with one mid-level pod mentor and a few fellow summer associates, in which we exchanged our experiences during the summer program.”
  • “The experience of being an associate at Cleary matched my expectations I had as a summer associate, partly because I was able to meet attorneys from numerous practice groups and discuss their practices, and partly because I had the chance to work on several substantive assignments during the summer.”
  • “My associate experience has been generally consistent with my summer experience, just more responsibility, more work, and more hours as an actual associate.”
  • “My experience as a summer associate gave me an accurate picture of what firm life is like: people are sincerely friendly and enjoy spending time with one another, lawyers work hard but still manage to have a life and hobbies outside of work, and associates have a fair amount of say in what kind of work they do in terms of practice area.”
  • “I have been pleasantly surprised that my schedule has been more consistent than I expected. I'm still busy, and I understand that things are different for each practice group, but in general, my schedule is a lot more predictable than I had been anticipating, mainly based on my own preconceptions of what BigLaw life is like.”
  • “The WNBA game we went to last year and the Justin Bieber concert!”
  • “We had a summer associates dinner with a variety of partners at Fiola Mare (a fancy restaurant in Georgetown where the POTUS has been seen).”
  • “The boat party was epic, and there was an amazing dance-off between some associates and members of recruiting.”
  • “First, we had a remote chocolate tasting event where we learned about different forms of chocolate and had blind taste tests. Second, we had a remote paint and sip class. Third, we attended an in-person week of activities at the end of the summer despite the largely remote summer.”

The Firm Says

Cleary Gottlieb’s summer program offers an introduction to life at the firm through exposure to high-caliber legal work as well as training, mentoring, and networking opportunities and events. Our work assignment system is unique and tailored to your professional experience and interests. Summer associates can explore our many different practice groups or choose to focus on a particular discipline. They can also work on a variety of the firm’s ongoing pro bono matters. The summer program offers many opportunities for formal and informal training and development, including litigation and corporate practice seminars as well as skills development courses. In addition, summer associates are invited to attend practice group lunch presentations to learn about the practices throughout the firm and to meet the lawyers practicing in each area. The firm provides many layers of mentoring, including support from partners, senior lawyers, and associates; a comprehensive feedback process; and optional overseas office rotations.