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2024 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 155 total (149 2Ls; 6 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 96 out of96

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Pamela N. Davidson
Chief Legal Personnel and Recruitment Officer
(212) 373-2548

Our Survey Says

  • “The firm provides complete flexibility as to the work you do over the course of the summer. This allowed me to complete projects in many different practices and ultimately helped me make a decision as to which practice group I wanted to join at the end of the summer. While summer programs have a reputation for being more socially oriented, I felt I had a great substantive experience based on the work I completed.”
  • “I had a number of opportunities to work closely with associates, counsel, and even partners. My feedback was generally very thorough—far more than I expected to get as a summer. Looking back, Paul, Weiss took very seriously its promise and responsibility to give me a meaningful and instructive work experience.”
  • “I really enjoyed my summer work assignments as they felt manageable despite being fast paced. I conducted a lot of research and also generated various different kinds of work product, so I got to see a variety of litigation and solidify that litigation was for me.”
  • “Loved the free-market system and being able to switch between litigation and corporate.”
  • “Being a summer associate was an exciting time. All of the attorneys are eager to meet you, work with you, and teach you. The summer associates were also kind, excited, and lovely to be around.”
  • “There [was a host of] events that made me feel welcomed and allowed me to get to know many of the associates and partners that I work with now. The social events ranged from collaborative get-to-know-you types to cocktails and food at various restaurants. There was the ability to meet and socialize with many different members of the firm.”
  • “Social events were fun, interactive: boating/sailing on the Hudson; cooking class; casino night at the firm with various affinity groups; smaller group events (e.g., going to an off-Broadway show with some IP associates, etc.). Collegial and well attended. …”
  • “There were many well-organized and well-funded social events that created fun—sometimes crowded, sometimes intimate—settings to learn more about our peers.”
  • “Working at the firm has met my expectations. The associates did not attempt to oversell what work life would be like. Some weeks are longer than others depending on deal flows, there is a lot of comradery amongst team members, and there are sufficient firm events that allow for socialization with colleagues.”
  • “During the summer, it was more of an open-market system, which worked well to experience lots of different types of work. As associates, we have specific rotations, with work coming from the staffing department.”
  • “During the summer it was more of an open market system, which worked well to experience lots of different types of work. As an associate, we have specific rotations with work coming from the staffing department.”
  • “The firm was very upfront about small practice groups and the need to express willingness to join them. This helped me prioritize my summer experience to ensure I had the option to work in whichever group I wanted. The expectations that were set as a summer have aligned with my experience as a full-time associate.”
  • “MoMA party, sailing on the Hudson, Diversity Reception at Jazz at Lincoln Center.”
  • “I quite enjoyed an event where we had a professional mind-reader attend. It was exciting and unexpected.”
  • “The country club visit, which allowed for food, music, drinks, and a smaller setting to have deeper conversations with partners and associates that were present.”

The Firm Says

Our summer associates are part of deal teams and case teams from day one, giving them the opportunity to experience our  fast-paced, collegial work environment and introducing them to life at one of the world’s most prestigious law firms. They  gain unparalleled experience working alongside nationally leading lawyers on complex, important matters for the biggest  names in the business world—and get the chance to interact with clients in meetings, fireside chats and more. Summer  associates shape their own experience by working with one department or exploring a variety of practice areas. We offer  comprehensive training, and each summer associate is assigned a partner and associate mentor, who guide them in their  work and help them make connections across the firm. We welcome motivated, talented law students who want to achieve  the highest level of excellence in lawyering.