Promising law students who want a close-up look at legal practice in a major firm find it in our highly selective 1L Summer Program. Alumni have called it an invaluable step in preparing them to succeed in their 2L summer internships and eventual careers.
Throughout your time with us, you’ll get diverse practice experience along with advice, support and pointers from a personal mentor. In midsummer and at the end of the program, you’ll receive formal evaluations that will give you a road map for the future.
“Being a summer associate at Davis+Gilbert allowed me to work on an array of matters and hone my personal legal interests. Throughout the summer, I was continuously learning and growing, attaining skills that I will use for the rest of my life. The kind and collegial nature of the attorneys, paired with the small size of the summer program, allows for hands-on mentorship and detailed feedback. Everyone is approachable and eager to help you grow. I have met amazing mentors and friends whom I know I will be able to rely on as I continue my legal path.”— Chloé Fink, 2023 Summer Associate (Columbia Law School)
Summer associates receive meaningful assignments and work closely with the firm’s lawyers at every level — from young associates to senior partners. There are no insignificant tasks here; your research, writing and ideas are critically important to real clients.
In addition to client engagements, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and gain more hands-on experience through pro bono projects. Recent 1L pro bono projects included working with Central America Legal Assistance (CALA) to assist asylum seekers in completing their I-589 application form and drafting a licensing agreement for a literacy program serving underprivileged communities for the Safe Passage Project.
“My time at Davis+Gilbert was a game-changer. Supporting clients in advertising, tech, media/entertainment, and M&A, I gained hands-on experience reviewing transaction documents, conducting due diligence, compiling disclosure schedules, and co-authoring client alerts. The pro bono opportunities were equally fulfilling. Alongside fun social events, the standout of the summer was the exceptional attorneys who fostered my professional growth. Davis+Gilbert exceeded all expectations.”— Tanya Bansal, 2023 Summer Associate (NYU Law School)
A Diverse Pipeline
We are a long-standing participant in the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Fellowship Program and have hired past fellows as permanent associates.