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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 76 total (72 2Ls; 4 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 79 out of 80

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Tina Metis
Director of Attorney Recruiting
(212) 728-5741

Our Survey Says

  • “Advocacy institute (litigation focused) and mock deal (corporate focused). They allow you to try both before picking which group you want to join in your first year.”
  • “The summer consisted of lots of assignments designed to introduce me to the internal systems of the firm, as well as an introduction to the types of practices. Very well done.”
  • “Assignments are substantive; you're considered part of a team, included on team emails and meetings, and given genuine responsibility.”
  • “O'Melveny significantly values substantive training, which means summers do real, client-facing, and billable work. Of course, nothing a summer does will go straight to a client without thorough review, but the firm wants summers to get a taste of what it will be like to work as a full-time associate (without overloading the summers with work).”
  • “My summer class bonded closely, and I stayed in touch with many of my fellow summers even if/when they were not with the firm. Firm attorneys participated in summer social events enthusiastically, and were always excited to meet and talk about work (or anything else).”
  • “Everyone really cares! All attorneys and staff went out of their way to get to know me, and make sure I was enjoying my time.”
  • “The office does everything you'd expect for BigLaw summer associates when it comes to social life. Associates and counsel have a budget to take the summers to lunch every day. There are events at least once per week for the summers to spend time together and get to meet each other’s families, and/or socialize with attorneys at the firm outside of the office. We push hard to make sure attorneys are present in the office, and available for all the little things like impromptu coffees, or just basic chats.”
    • “The social events were very fun, things I never would have done without the firm, and I made lasting friendships.”
  • “Definitely more actual substance than I was expecting; no fluff.”
  • “In general, I've had a positive experience. Everyone I've worked with has been friendly, collaborative, and respectful of my personal time, which makes working the occasional long hours much more enjoyable. I love chatting with my coworkers, and feel like I've been staffed on a good variety of cases and clients as a generalist litigator while I figure out which areas of litigation I want to specialize in.”
  • “I am able to define my practice area more than I was expecting, this includes pro bono. Since I am here longer than a summer, I can find and get on matters that are more in my interests, instead of things that could be pulled aside for a summer associate.”
  • “I have been pleasantly surprised at the level of experience and substantive assignments I have received so early on. I have already had the opportunity to work directly under partners and communicate with clients, experiences I did not think I would receive until I was a more senior associate.”
  • “Pizza tour!”
  • “My favorite summer event was a dinner hosted at one of the partners' homes; this was the first time that all of the summer associates were able to meet in person. I also enjoyed getting to know the partners, counsel, and associates who attended in a more informal setting.”
  • “My favorite summer event was a diversity event hosted by the firm, where we had a discussion about the movie Just Mercy. Everyone was able to share the thoughts they had from watching the film, and we were able to have a very meaningful discussion about race and how the film made us feel.”
  • “Disneyland.”

The Firm Says

Our summer program offers an inside look at what it is like to practice at O’Melveny. During our program, summer associates work on major cases and deals, support ongoing pro bono matters, and participate in social events to get to know each other and O’Melveny attorneys and staff. Summer associates also have opportunities to attend practice group presentations, participate in targeted trainings, and hone negotiation and oral argument skills as part of our Mock Deal and Advocacy Institute development programs. Our work coordination system ensures that summer associates are exposed to a variety of practice areas, and given opportunities to join attorneys for client related meetings. Assigned mentors and ongoing feedback also help our summer associates develop their professional skills and make the most of their experiences.