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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 136 total (128 2Ls; 8 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 92 out of 92

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks, typically

Summer Program Contact

Lindsey Higgins
Director, Legal Recruitment
(617) 526-5015

Our Survey Says

  • “At a time when many of my peers at other firms were doing work based on fake scenarios or pro bono, I was drafting documents and doing legal research for real clients. It was great, and I felt busy enough to get a feel for the work, but not too busy to be able to network at the firm.”
  • “The assignments were more substantive than I thought they would be, which was a pleasant surprise. I also appreciated that the more senior attorneys actually sought our input. Assignments were managed by a work coordinator, and each summer meets regularly with their coordinator to try to get interesting work throughout the program.”
  • “The summer program had a good balance of training and work assignments. The assignments dealt with real client work product, which helped me feel as though I was making valuable contributions, even as a summer associate. The attorneys I worked with were generous with their time when explaining projects and giving feedback. The program also allowed me the opportunity to work across groups and become acquainted with different practice areas.”
  • “Substantive work was excellent, as the firm handles so many important and interesting matters, and we had a staffing system or coordinator who paired us with solid work.”
  • “The summer class in my office was fairly small, which led to a lot of bonding between the classes. I consider the people in my summer class to still be my closest friends/colleagues.”
  • “I was a summer associate during the summer of 2021. The program was mostly remote, but the firm went to great lengths to provide social opportunities, mentorship, and engaging virtual experiences that far exceeded my expectations. I also found the other summer associates to be genuinely kind, interesting, fun people whom I was excited to work with every day.”
  • “It was clear that the events were well thought out and well planned, and I loved that so many attorneys came to the events.”
  • “I felt very welcomed into the firm and made lasting connections with fellow associates and more senior members of the firm.”
  • “People are just as smart, kind, and approachable as they were when I was a summer, and the work is equally high profile and interesting.”
  • “I felt like what the firm advertised during the summer has pretty much matched my experience as a first year. I have been pleasantly surprised with how easily I've been assigned substantive work, and become integrated onto my teams as a first year.”
  • “I have been pleasantly surprised to see that associates are treated better than I would've thought. They are understanding of our lives outside of work, and partners are really good at telling you when something needs to be done now, versus later. They don't ask you to work late for the sake of billing.”
  • “I'm finding it much easier to manage work-life balance after a couple months as a first-year associate, whereas during my summer position, I found myself frequently working much later than I would have liked (or the work required). I think time management skills only developed for me with more practice.”
  • “Top Golf was fun, and I actually enjoyed goat yoga (though some others didn't).”
  • “Paint night, trivia, Family Feud.”
  • “Summer associate trivia game/scavenger hunt, which was the strongest opportunity to actually connect with other associates. The in-person day at the end of the summer was also nice.”

The Firm Says

In choosing a law firm, you are making an investment in your career. Wherever you envision your future—within WilmerHale or in government, academia, business, or the judiciary—we provide room to grow and the resources to develop. At WilmerHale, you’ll find opportunity and experience at every turn. Work on what you read about and what you care about. You’ll work on headline-reaching cases because clients come to us with their most complex problems. Our matters draw on the signature strengths of our world-class legal departments to address our clients’ most complex and high-profile legal challenges.