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2024 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2024): 32 total (31 2Ls; 1 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2023): 28 out of 28

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

11 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Elizabeth F. Breslow
Director of Recruiting and Legal Personnel
(212) 403-1334

Our Survey Says

  • “As a summer, you get to work on real projects, including direct interaction and work with partners.”
  • “Generally quite substantive compared to our peers (assigned to deal/litigation teams, given assignments that attorneys expect to use in some capacity, receive feedback, etc.).”
  • “The work I did as a summer associate was no different from the work that full-time associates do.”
  • “The summer program was well run and very organized. Good variety of events and lots of opportunities and access to senior attorneys and partners. Our summer class got along great.”
  • “While the focus of the summer is on work and on getting a representative experience, I really enjoyed the thoughtfully organized and unique summer social events. I especially appreciated the small-scale, lower-key options, as I thought those offered a much better opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other attorneys at the firm.”
  • “Despite the continued uncertainties around COVID, the firm provided a great number of excellent opportunities to get to know my class and full-time attorneys.”
  • “My experience practicing at the firm has been about what I expected. You are given a lot of responsibility, and it forces you to learn quickly.”
  • “It was a very substantive experience—not far off from my day-to-day life as a first-year associate.”
  • “I've certainly worked more with partners than I expected, but at WLRK, this seems to be true for all junior associates in smaller (i.e., not corporate or litigation) groups. I've learned so much from the one associate/one partner model. It may be slightly intimidating at first, and the learning curve can be quite steep, but the opportunity to do substantive work and receive such excellent mentorship is certainly worth it.”
  • “Visit to Shake Shack test kitchen, associate cooking class, women's workouts.”
  • “JV panel with A-Rod, concert with JLo.”
  • “Dinner Around Town. A few times a year … small groups of attorneys … dine at a number of New York's finest restaurants. It's a blast and a fabulous way to get to know attorneys you may not otherwise interact with in a nonwork setting.”

The Firm Says

Each year, we look to select a small and diverse group of highly motivated and well-rounded students with the objective of giving each summer associate an experience as close as we can to that of a new associate. We expose summer associates to all facets of our practice and actively involve them in negotiations, client meetings, and courtroom and deposition sessions. Summer associates rotate through our corporate and litigation practice areas and choose one or two other practice areas to round out their rotation schedule. In addition to the real client work they are assigned, summer associates also get to experience some of the best entertainment that New York City offers and enjoy the company of our attorneys outside of the workplace.