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Frequently asked questions- United States

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer recruits at roughly 20 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 uslegalrecruiting@freshfields.com. We will review your application in a timely matter.

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. (please see the FAQs for London)

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.

The recruitment committee meets during the callback season to evaluate candidates. We make decisions as soon as possible after callback meetings.

We pay our U.S. and London summer associates $3,894.23/week.

NY: We allow summer associates to choose the work that they want to perform during the summer program. We do not have a formal rotation system. We have a work allocation committee that matches assignments with the interests and availability of each summer associate. There is a continual dialogue between the summers and the committee members on available assignments and practice group preferences. We encourage summer associates to be open to different types of assignments as well as their main practice area interests so that they have a well-rounded experience.

DC: Summer associates join either the Disputes team or the Antitrust team.

SV: Summer associates join either Litigation or Corporate team.

LN: See London FAQ.

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.

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. Our recent summer associates have enjoyed secondments in our Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, The Hague, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, and Tokyo offices. We hope to provide the valuable secondment experience as we have in the past and will make a determination closer to the program start.

We have two formal appraisals for summer associates, one during mid-summer and another toward the end of summer. A partner from the summer program 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.

We are open to splits with non-law firm organizations on a case-by-case basis after the full program is completed but require that summer associates do not split their summer with our firm and another firm during the 2L year.

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. To facilitate this, we have a dedicated member of the work allocation team that collects and assigns pro-bono matters to the summer associates. Pro-bono work allocation and attention is treated the same as all client work.

We encourage all summers to meet as many of our attorneys as possible, and we organize a number of activities in informal settings to help foster these relationships. Some of our virtual events from this past summer included a painting night, design your own Nike sneakers, scavenger hunt, murder mystery, wine and scotch tastings, as well as other impromptu events with smaller groups. Each event provides an opportunity to meet attorneys from a variety of practice areas and to experience New York in unique and exciting ways.

Frequently asked questions- London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer recruits at 20 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 Valerie McFarland.

We will review your application in a timely manner.

We currently have Summer Associate positions available in the New York, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, 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 in the London office, we only have positions available in the US corporate capital markets.

You will meet with two partners and two associates virtually from the London office.

We pay our London summer associates the equivalent of $3,654/week in pounds sterling at an exchange rate set at the end of the previous year. In addition to the salary, London summer associates will receive a round-trip flight from the US to London and accommodations for the duration of the summer.

Summer associates are assigned to the US corporate capital markets team. The US corporate team is focused on equity capital markets (e.g. IPOs), investment grade debt, mergers and acquisitions and listed company advice.

We do not have a formal work allocation system but will assign Summer Associates tasks and staff them on deals throughout the Summer where they will be treated as a member of the deal team. Summer Associates in London can expect to participate in various stages of transactions, including drafting and reviewing offer documents, liaising with senior management and bankers and a variety of other projects.

The work allocation system for the London office is structured so that our summer associates get staffed on client deals that they will be involved with for the duration of their time with us. We do not ordinarily run a secondment program to other offices as we believe it is more beneficial for our summers to work in our London office for the entire program in order to have the maximum amount of time dedicated to seeing how our client deals progress.

Every summer associate is assigned an officemate who will also serve as his or her mentor based on the practice group in which the summer associate is currently sitting. Each officemate/mentor is tasked with looking out for the wellbeing of each summer associate and making sure they are getting to know the firm, people and the work that we do.

Summer associates receive informal feedback throughout the summer from their deal teams and mentors with a formal review taking place at the end of the program.

We are open to splits with non-law firm organizations on a case-by-case basis after the full program is completed but require that summer associates do not split their summer with our firm and another firm during the 2L year.

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. To facilitate this, we have a dedicated member of the work allocation team that collects and assigns pro-bono matters to the summer associates. Pro-bono work allocation and attention is treated the same as all client work.

We encourage all summers to meet as many of our attorneys as possible, and we organize a number of activities in informal settings to help foster these relationships. Each event provides an opportunity to meet attorneys from the capital markets group and also to experience London in unique and exciting ways.

US-admitted lawyers in our London office work exclusively in US corporate capital markets teams, which are fully integrated into the office’s broader Corporate and Finance departments. There are approximately 48 US-admitted lawyers out of the 858 fee earners in the London office. US-admitted lawyers can expect to work closely both with English-law trained colleagues in London as well as with colleagues in our offices across the globe.