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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2022): 83 total ( 62 2Ls; 20 1Ls; 1 SEO fellow)

No. of 2L Offers (2021): 34 out of 35

Summer Associate Salary:

$215,000 (annualized)

Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Mike Dee
U.S. Sr. Manager, Law School Relations & Diversity Recruiting

Hillary Coughlin
Legal Recruiting Manager

Our Survey Says

Training & Assignments

  • “Orrick made sure that I always got substantive assignments, even on cases that were high stakes. I never felt like I was doing busy work for the sake of doing busy work. Orrick was also incredibly responsive when I expressed interest in doing certain types of legal work and made sure I had the opportunities I wanted.”
  • “The work-related aspects of the summer were excellent, especially given the 4-week shortened program. We were asked what projects we wanted to work on, and I was given real work with client interaction. We also had two ‘fake’ projects that were mandatory, which I thought were a great way for everyone to get a taste of a litigation project and a corporate one.”
  • “I loved being able to discuss our projects and experiences each week of the program. It really helped to maximize my exposure to the work of the different practice areas of the firm and I was able to better understand projects and teams I wanted to work with and was interested in.”
  • "The firm gives a good mix of assignments (allowing people to experience other areas as well as their primary practice group). Both formal and informal training is common.”

Social Opportunities

  • “The firm offered a large array of amazing summer associate experiences, such as a boating trip, an active softball team, and various dinners that were invariably attended by senior associates and partners.”
  • “Given that we were the first remote class, I think the firm did a great job creating opportunities to interact with each other and meet one another, and I know that we were able to forge real connections with attorneys ahead of us and coming up with us. The firm also did a great job offering events like a paint-and-sip and trivia.”
  • “The formal and informal social events were critical for my enjoyment of the firm. Even years later, I am still close friends with many of the members of my summer class—even ones who are now working elsewhere.”
  • “Orrick’s firm culture was excellent. I grew very close with my fellow summer associates, given the relatively small class size. And I also felt comfortable talking to other associates and partners at the firm, no matter how senior they were.”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • “I have been given more autonomy to run portions of the engagement than I would have expected. I think my career is developing quicker than expected.”
  • “The expectations and experience are pretty much the same. If anything, it's better now that I'm a first year because I can work with more people. I have no restrictions on which practice areas I can work in and have a lot of flexibility to try new things. I've also been surprised at the work-life balance. There haven't been too many late nights and the hours seem very manageable.”
  • “I think that I was provided with everything that we were promised. I was given a return offer, I am doing the substantive work I was promised when I started, and the culture of the firm is exactly as advertised. If anything, I've been surprised by the speed with which we're trusted with client contact, drafting, participating on calls, and getting hands on, personalized training. There's nothing I'm actively disappointed by.”
  • “The workload is greater as an actual associate, which is to be expected. But the other aspects of the experience, like the firm's responsiveness to my interests and the great culture, are the same.”

Favorite Summer Events

  • “I loved the associates-only karaoke and trivia night at the brewery! I really got to know my fellow summer associates and associates and partners at the firm through these events in particular.”
  • “We had a cooking class that was really fun.”
  • “Attending a Washington Nationals baseball game.”
  • “Just the chances we got to talk to people one on one. It was the best read into the firm's culture and the people I would eventually work with and for, which was what I was most interested in out of the program to begin with.”

The Firm Says

Our 10-week hybrid summer program enables summer associates to experience being part of Team Orrick. Summer associates work on matters from across the country, while participating in local events to get to know our team and each other. Our program offers interesting legal work, client connections, a national in-person Summer Academy in San Francisco, live and virtual teambuilding events, and weekly fitness and mindfulness classes.