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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 119 total (93 2Ls; 26 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 75 out of 75

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Emily Wiegand
Senior Manager of Law School Recruiting

Our Survey Says

  • “You are truly treated as a first-year associate. You are included on real deal teams and produce real work product. To that end, the attorneys provide sufficient mentoring and training so that you can actually add value as a summer associate.”
  • “There were no ‘fluff’ assignments. If there was no summer associate to complete that task, it would have gone to an attorney. I appreciated that about my summer experience since I actually provided value to the firm and clients.”
  • “I was able to shop around and pick up assignments that interested me as a summer associate. I was given substantive training on many of the projects I was on and was able to meet attorneys at all levels of the firm, including partners.”
  • “Lots of structured training as well as substantive work assignments. I got to create real work products for client matters. Many of my peers rejoined teams they had worked with as summer associates once they onboarded at the firm after graduation.”
  • “The firm hosted several in-person social events, including dinners, happy hours, a scavenger hunt through downtown Chicago, and a fireworks river cruise. The events were well attended, and very fun.”
  • “I liked the number of events we had as summer associates. I had peers at other firms who were absolutely exhausted because they were expected to be at summer associate events almost every night of the summer. Winston struck a good balance of having events for us but also letting us go home and live our own lives, too.”
  • “The firm's social events were the highlight of the summer–they were well attended by associates and partners alike, giving me plenty of opportunities to network and build relationships.”
  • “There were a variety of events that nearly every attorney at the firm participated in. Winston offered recreational activities such as baseball games and miniature golfing, dinner parties, happy hours, and much more.”
  • “Everything as a first-year associate has been as advertised during the summer program. I am getting real work and have agency over the type of work I'm doing. I was not lied to in any way about the workload or work difficulty I would encounter. The attorneys' willingness to help and teach me as a first-year associate has been invaluable.”
  • “Everyone has treated me with great respect, and I would say I've been pleasantly surprised by my work so far.”
  • “I thought I would do environmental law, but decided to switch to litigation–I was pleasantly surprised that the firm not only accepted this change but supported it through mentorship programs and by steering assignments my way when I was still getting acquainted with the new practice area when I first started working full time.”
  • “There is no way to truly understand what being a BigLaw attorney is like until you're actually doing it, but Winston has lived up to every promise or assurance that it made to me during my recruitment. The work opportunities were substantive and meaningful from the start, and I have had positive personal relationships with every person I have collaborated and worked with here.”
  • “The fireworks river cruise.”
  • “Chicago Cubs game on a rooftop.”
  • “Attending an NBA Finals Game! Also [a] cooking class, cocktail-making class, [and] a trip to the wine country!”
  • “We would do Friday lunches with all of the summers and a group of associates and partners that I really enjoyed. We also played tennis, which I thought was a great time.”

The Firm Says

Law students who join Winston & Strawn’s summer associate program have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of corporate and litigation projects with outstanding attorneys who are welcoming, kind, and genuinely invested in their professional growth and happiness.

Winston’s greatest strength is our people, and we support them throughout their careers. Winston University, a world-class series of legal and professional skills-training programs, is the centerpiece of the firm’s learning culture. Our formal mentoring program helps entry-level attorneys begin their careers with confidence, and our full-time Director of Coaching & Well-Being provides targeted support for career, performance, and wellness goals.

Winston has embedded diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of the firm. Affinity groups for Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ+, and women attorneys play a critical role in the hiring, advancement, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers throughout the firm. Winston also has a Family Network affinity group and offers a progressive, gender-neutral parental leave and support program.

Active engagement in pro bono and within the communities where we work is a hallmark of Winston. Our summer associates have the opportunity to work on impactful pro bono matters and participate in Winston for Good volunteer activities.