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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 46 total (25 2Ls; 21 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2023): 23 out of 25

Summer Associate Salary:

$4,134/week

Summer Program Length:

9 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Meghan Pier
Director of Associate Recruiting
(512) 236-2097
mpier@jw.com

Our Survey Says

  • “I received substantive projects and worked with a number of different partners.”
  • “The projects I received were challenging but manageable, and the training was great.”
  • “I was given actual work that was used for or sent to the client, and I never felt like I was given something I couldn't handle. I also felt like the partners I worked with were very willing and eager to answer any questions I had. I never felt like they were annoyed that I was reaching out to them, and they always seemed willing to help.
  • “Real-world work assignments on actual cases that attorneys handled during the summer; short mock trial of an actual case.”
  • “The social aspect of the summer associate program is robust and very enjoyable.”
  • “The weekly firm events were perfect. They offered just the right amount of events. If we had something every night, it would have been exhausting. The events were always fun and laid back, and there was always a good mix of partners and associates and different practice groups.”
  • “The summer associates were very close, and the associates welcomed us on a daily and weekly basis with office visits, coffees, taco tastings, and other firm activities.”
  • “We had a great summer associate program in 2021, with enough social events during the week to get to know the firm's attorneys and each other, but not so many that it felt overwhelming to be ‘on’ all the time. Our summer associate class was incredibly close, and we supported and encouraged each other in producing great work.”
  • “It really hasn't. The work is consistent; if anything, you're just on more matters and trusted with more.”
  • “I would say the biggest difference is having to learn how to manage your own project schedule. I understand why the firm manages projects for the summers, and I'm not saying that should change, but that is definitely the biggest difference from being a summer.”
  • “This is a continuation of my summer associate work, not a deviation. I was deeply concerned that life would become unbearable when starting as an associate, but I could not have been more wrong. My life is incredibly balanced, the partners strike the right balance of mentoring and handing me serious responsibilities, and the firm culture has been nothing but supportive.”
  • “Generally, my expectations were met. I have a lot of opportunity to try different practice areas with different partners. JW looks for entrepreneurial candidates who will pursue areas and attorneys that interest them, and has stayed true to allowing young associates to seek out those experiences.”
  • “Party bus to the Texas Rangers game!”
  • “Associates' Night Out.”
  • “Backyard hibachi.”
  • “Karaoke night at a partner's house.”

The Firm Says

The Jackson Walker summer associate program is a nine-week program. Summer associates are assigned Responsible Attorneys, who keep in touch throughout the program and maximize the opportunities available to do meaningful legal work while witnessing attorneys in action. Over the course of the program, students work on junior associate-level projects within their assigned practice areas and attend client meetings, closings, negotiations, depositions, trials, and courtroom hearings. In addition to substantive work assignments, summer associates have the opportunity to participate in a mock trial before a jury of non-lawyers. For this exercise, JW attorneys act as presiding judges and trim down actual cases that have been or will be tried. In other cases, summer associates may participate in a mediation seminar. Through these experiences, summer associates receive practical instruction designed to make young lawyers better advocates for their clients.