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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 100 total (89 2Ls; 11 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 58 out of 58

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Rebecca Fogler
East Coast Director of Administration and National Recruiting Director
(212) 849-7000

Our Survey Says

  • “The summer program was well organized, and a work coordinator gave associates assignments. Every summer also participates in a mock trial and gets practice standup experience. I worked on substantive matters that were billed to the clients and attended a hearing.”
  • “I was immediately brought onto teams and felt like I was making a contribution.”
  • “I had real substantive opportunities to work on real cases where my work was important to the client's goals. I was asked to research substantive issues and draft portions of an appellate brief.”
  • “Quinn treats summer associates very much like normal associates and expects them to perform tasks and assignments like first-year associates.”
  • “The social events were pretty standard—happy hours, parties at partners' unbelievable Hamptons houses, and a baseball game. The associates were encouraged to take summers out to lunch, and that was a great program with huge uptake. The summers also ended up bonding on our own and doing a number of solo hangouts and parties.”
  • “Summer at Quinn is super fun! Great events, free lunches, and a good group of summer associates.”
  • “The summer program is relatively involved—it includes multiple weekly social events—but Quinn also stresses that other than a few key events, your work comes first, even as a summer.”
  • “Social events were fun and interactive. The firm did a great job of managing through the COVID pandemic to make the summers feel like we still had an opportunity to meet our fellow summers and attorneys at the firm.”
  • “At QE, what you see is what you get. The summer isn’t as glamorous as some other firms, but I accepted my offer knowing what I’d find when I started a year later.”
  • “There is definitely more work to do as an associate versus a summer, but the type of work is the same. I have also been extremely happy with our generous work-from-home policy, which makes the long hours not feel so bad.”
  • “I think the summer experience is exactly as advertised. You need to be willing to ask for work to get work, and no one is going to hold your hand.”
  • “As a summer associate, I thought that life full time at the firm would be a lot less structured. For example, as a summer associate, I had a work coordinator that gave assignments. I thought the ‘free market system’ would make finding work when times were slow much harder to get. But every week, an email is sent out to connect associates who are looking for more work with partners looking for associate help.”
  • “The week-long mock trial in New York with the other summer associates.”
  • “Hike in Switzerland.”
  • “Taking a trapeze class, a sip and cycle through the wine country, a cooking class followed by eating the meal we all prepared.”

The Firm Says

The goal of our summer program is to provide a unique and personalized experience for a small group of top, litigation-focused students. Our exclusive program provides our summer associates with a realistic and thorough perspective of life as an associate at our firm. With partner mentors tailoring assignments to the summer’s preferences and associate mentors providing guidance and friendship, summer associates are fully integrated into case teams from day one and encouraged to share ideas, thoughts, and work product. All summer associates have the opportunity to go to court, attend depositions, and get face time with clients. In addition to exciting professional experience, summer associates are invited to participate in all firm social activities, from our annual summer party to weekly firm happy hours and our traditional firm hike.