Frequently Asked Questions
Want to learn more about becoming a summer associate at Freshfields? View our frequently asked questions below:
How do I apply for a summer associate position?
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer recruits at roughly 25 different law schools and fairs. If we do not currently attend your specific law school interview program, or you are not granted an interview slot, we encourage you to submit a resume and transcript to email@example.com. We will review your application in a timely matter.
What locations have a summer program?
We currently have Summer Associate positions available in the New York, Washington, DC, Silicon Valley and London offices. So that you can have a meaningful experience, it is most helpful if you narrow your interest to only one office. Please note that if you are interested in joining the London office, we have positions available in the Corporate (Capital Markets) group.
What should I expect during the callback and interview process?
You should expect to meet with 4 attorneys (a mix of partners, counsel and associates). You are also given the opportunity to meet with a junior associate over coffee or lunch.
Interviews will be scheduled in the morning or afternoon.
What are the next steps once the callback is complete?
The recruitment committee meets frequently during the callback season and extends offers on a rolling basis.
What is the salary for summer associates?
We pay our U.S. and London summer associates $4,134.62/week.
How is work assigned?
Summer associates choose the types of work they want to perform during the summer program. We do not have a formal rotation system for summer associates.
In NY and SV, work is allocated to match assignments with the interests and availability of each summer associate. There is a continual dialogue between the summers and the recruiting committee members on available assignments and practice group preferences. We encourage summer associates to be open to different types of assignments so that they have a well-rounded experience.
Are mentors available to summer associates and how are they assigned?
Every summer associate is assigned a partner and associate mentor based on his/her practice group preference, as well as a junior associate buddy. Practice area preferences are collected before the summer program begins. If you do not have a strong preference, that is perfectly fine too. We make mentor matches based on a number of different factors including practice area interest and extra-curricular interests. Each officemate and mentor is tasked with looking out for the well-being of each summer associate and making sure they are getting to know the firm, people and kinds of work that we do.
Am I able to spend any portion of the summer in another office abroad?
We believe that understanding how the global Freshfields team works together is important for our future lawyers, and so we have created a secondment program, which facilitates each interested summer associate to spend time in another Freshfields office. Assignments take into consideration certain language, space and workflow factors. Summer associates have enjoyed secondments in our Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, and Tokyo offices.
Will I be formally reviewed?
We have two formal appraisals for summer associates, one during mid-summer and another toward the end of summer. A partner from the recruiting committee will collect feedback from the attorneys who know the summer associate’s work and meet with the summer to go over feedback and talk about the summer associate’s experience.
Am I able split my summer with another law firm?
We are open to splits with non-law firm organizations on a case-by-case basis but the firm requires each summer associate to spend a minimum of eight weeks of employment with us.
Are summer associates encouraged to engage in pro-bono work?
Absolutely! Freshfields is committed to providing the community with pro bono resources, as well as providing our lawyers and summer associates with the experience of working on meaningful and interesting pro bono matters.
What sort of social events are organized as part of the summer program?
We encourage all summers to meet as many of our attorneys as possible, to that end we offer a variety of fun social, cultural and sporting activities to help foster great relationships across all practice groups and levels of seniority.