How do I apply for a summer associate position?
See our 2017 OCI schedule. If your school is not on this list, or if you are not able to secure an on-campus interview, please submit your cover letter, résumé and law school transcript as well as a ten-page writing sample through our online application system.
How long will the interview last?
Your final-round interview will last about 2-1/2 hours, and you will generally meet with two partners and two associates. If your interview is in the morning, we encourage you to stay for lunch, which is a great opportunity to get to know some of our associates in a casual setting. The interview process may vary slightly by office.
Can I ask to meet with lawyers in specific practice areas or who belong to affinity groups?
Yes, we encourage you to make this request. There is no need for you to identify as a member of an affinity group to make this request. We make every effort to tailor your interview schedule to reflect your interests.
What expenses are reimbursed by the Firm?
Along with an invitation for a final-round interview, you will receive a copy of our “Next Steps” travel document, which will cover our guidelines. Our travel office will assist you with booking your travel. For final-round interviews, we will reimburse all reasonable travel expenses including your round-trip travel from school to our office, a hotel stay (depending on the length of your trip) and out-of-pocket expenses, including taxis and meals.
What criteria are used to determine offers?
We are looking for people who demonstrate aptitude, leadership, teamwork, initiative and strong verbal and written communication skills. A desire to practice law in an international setting is key. During the summer, along with all the informal feedback you receive, you will be provided with two formal evaluations. We view this as a two-way process, and in addition to providing you with feedback about your work, we look forward to hearing your comments about your summer experience.
When will I find out if I have received a summer associate and a full-time offer?
Offers are made on a rolling basis during the fall recruiting season, and our goal is to provide you with an answer within one to two weeks following your final-round interview, sometimes sooner. If this is not possible, a member of our recruiting team will let you know when you can expect to hear from us. If you spend your summer with us, you will be advised about the status of your full-time offer generally within one week following the conclusion of the summer program
What is the length of the summer program?
The program is ten weeks long and begins in mid-May and ends in late July.
Will I be able to work on pro bono matters?
Pro bono is one of the Firm's global practices and is strongly encouraged. We have a full-time Global Pro Bono Manager who helps staff summer associates on these matters. Pro bono is a great way to gain valuable experience, work directly with clients and work on issues that you are passionate about. (See Social Responsibility for more information on our pro bono efforts.)
Will I have mentors during the summer?
You will be assigned several lawyers who will be available to mentor you formally and informally. This includes partner, counsel and associate mentors who will "show you the ropes." And the recruiters in each office are there to help you along the way.
What kinds of social events take place during the summer?
We want you to get to know each other as well as our lawyers, and we plan a variety of casual, fun events to help make this happen. (See Summer program social events.)
Will I travel for work during the summer?
Most of the time, you will remain in your home office for the duration of the summer program. There are instances, however, when a summer associate will be asked to travel to either another White & Case office or to a client for a work-related matter.
What is the summer associate salary?
The salary, which is based on our first-year associate salary, is US$3,500 per week in our Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC offices and US$3,346 per week in our Miami office. You will be paid twice per month. In addition, you will be eligible to receive a salary advance prior to your arrival at the Firm to help you transition from law school to life as a summer associate.
Can I work in one of your overseas offices during my summer?
We offer a limited number of overseas rotations. Rotations are determined based on the business needs of the Firm, practice area interest and language fluency. (See Summer program overseas rotations.)
Is it possible to split my summer with another law firm?
As a general practice, we do not support split summers and would like you to remain with us for the entire ten weeks. We are committed to offering you a meaningful, informative and enjoyable summer and strongly believe that the first step to achieving this goal is allowing sufficient time for you to get to know our lawyers and your fellow summer associates, and for us to get to know you.
Does White & Case hire first-year law students for its summer program?
We hire first-year law students through our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. As a fellow, a portion of your summer will be spent working off-site at the offices of a Firm client. During your time at the Firm, you will have the opportunity to receive assignments from various practice areas. You will participate in all aspects of the Summer Program, including our training sessions, the US Summer Associate Conference, ongoing mentorship opportunities, networking with our lawyers and attendance at social events. You will also gain valuable insight into what we do and what it means to practice law here simply by working with and observing our lawyers.
Does White & Case hire SEO interns?
Each year, one or more of our offices hire pre-law students through the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) program.
When do you accept applications from LLM students?
Each office makes a decision whether to recruit LLM students at the beginning of the year, and we accept LLM applications starting in January. If you are interested in applying for a position, please submit your cover letter, résumé, law school transcript and first-semester LLM transcript as well as a ten-page writing sample through our online application system.
Do you hire laterals?
We are always looking for new talent. If you are interested in working in one of our offices, please submit your cover letter, résumé and law school transcript through our online application system. Your résumé will be reviewed by our team, and we will contact you should your background and experience meet our specific office and practice needs.
What if I have additional questions?
We encourage you to contact the recruiter in the appropriate office with your questions. We will respond as soon as possible.