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.
“Summering at Davis+Gilbert provided me an environment where I could grow personally and professionally. Every attorney I interacted with was friendly and willing to assist me with any questions I had. The experiences I gained this summer will influence my next two years of law school and beyond.”— Elisha Mvundura, 2021 Summer Associate (Georgetown University Law Center)
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 drafting COVID-19 protocols for a day camp at the Sangha Education Center and drafting briefs for immigration-related appeals for the Safe Passage Project.
“The most valuable part of the program for me was the mentorship. I was able to go to my mentor about so much more than my work as a summer associate. My mentor provided me with great advice and support. I could not ask for anything more.”— Chantè Mercurius, 2021 Summer Associate (New York 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. In addition, we support the Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program and the National Bar Association-Commercial Law Section Black Lawyers Matter Internship Program with 1L internship opportunities.