Legal Professionals

Overview


McDermott is home to many of the world’s top law students. Whether you join us as part of our summer program or as a first-year associate after earning your JD, you’ll jump feet first into an exciting environment. At McDermott, you’ll be involved in real client work, gain new legal and professional skills, enjoy significant benefits, and build the foundation of a rewarding legal career.

It’s all about getting the right start at the right firm. We provide mentoring from experienced partners, substantive work on important client matters and cases, and a full suite of professional development services, including classroom training programs, career advisement, and a transparent evaluation and advancement process.

Throughout our Firm, diversity, inclusion and community involvement are valued just as highly as client service. We are regularly named as one of the top places to work by publications and organizations such as Working Mother magazine, Flex-Time Lawyers, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

Through our community service and charitable giving programs, we seek to revitalize our communities by cleaning up parks and other public spaces; painting and updating schools and community centers; landscaping low-income neighborhoods; and donating clothing, equipment, supplies and financial contributions to schools and community-based organizations. We also sponsor a variety of walks and runs to raise funds for charities and awareness about the critical work those organizations engage in on behalf of disadvantaged communities.

Our goal? To help you create and follow a road map to professional success.

Let’s get started.

Summer Program


For many law students, the summer program at McDermott is a highlight of their law school experience. As a participant in our summer program, you’ll be given meaningful responsibility consistent with that of a junior associate. You’ll work side by side with senior partners, and you’ll meet with clients to better understand what makes them tick and what they need from their legal providers.

We’ll also make sure you know how you’re doing, through informal feedback and formal mid-summer and final evaluations. Each summer associate is assigned at least one mentor to provider guidance throughout the summer, explain Firm policies, address any questions or concerns, and assist in the transition from law school to life in a law firm.

It’s not just a one-way communication street. We’ll listen to you. We’ll offer assignments from many of our practice groups, giving you an opportunity to work in various departments and determine the type of legal practice you’d like to build.

Real work in the real world: that’s what McDermott’s summer program is all about. It’s also one of the best ways for us to get to know potential first-year associates. In fact, the vast majority of each year’s entering class of first-year associates is made up of lawyers who began their legal careers as McDermott summer associates.

First-Year Diverse Law Student Fellowship Program


Putting our vision of inclusion into practice

As part of our commitment to a Firm culture that values diversity and inclusion, we have established a first-year diverse law student fellowship program. First-year law students who are selected will be assigned to a designated summer-program team and paired with a mentor, who will provide professional and career guidance during the summer. Some participants may also be given the opportunity to return to work with McDermott the summer following successful completion of the first-year fellowship.

McDermott University Summer Academy


At McDermott, we do more than talk about creating a welcoming environment for law students. We do something about it.

To help familiarize you with the Firm’s history, culture, practice areas and vision for the future, we offer a variety of educational opportunities to our summer associates through a firm-wide training program, the McDermott University Summer Academy. In addition to learning about our Firm and our people, summer associates will participate in interactive writing and negotiation skills workshops and practice group-specific training, including programs conducted by firm-wide video conference.

These training opportunities are supplemented by departmental and office-wide training programs and other hands-on educational experiences, such as court visits and attendance at client meetings and governmental proceedings.

Each summer, we host an annual Summer Associate Retreat for the summer associates from all of our US offices. The retreat provides our summer associates with practical information about what it means to be a McDermott lawyer, a forum for professional development, and a deeper understanding of the Firm’s strategic vision.

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2022 2L Summer Associates

McDermott Will & Emery is seeking 2L summer associates to join us for our 10 week 2022 Summer Associate Program. Our program offers summer associates a realistic introduction to the practice of law and day-to-day life as a McDermott associate. The summer associate program provides meaningful responsibility and feedback that is consistent with a junior associate experience. Summer associates are given the opportunity to accept assignments with many of our practice groups during the summer. This allows summers to experience the type of work they are interested in first-hand and ultimately steer them toward the type of work they enjoy.

In 2022, we will host formal summer programs in our Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC offices. With the exception of our Intellectual Property group, McDermott does not hire summer associates into specific practice areas. However, our first year associates are placed into practice areas. Therefore, we seek to align summer associates’ general practice interests with local office practice representation. Below is an overview of the general practice areas which we expect to place our 2022 summer class as first year associates.

Atlanta: Corporate Advisory, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Boston: Corporate Advisory, Employee Benefits, Health Industry Advisory, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Privacy & Cybersecurity
Chicago: Corporate Advisory, Employee Benefits, Employment, Health Industry Advisory, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Private Client, Tax (USIT/SALT)
Dallas: Corporate Advisory
Los Angeles: Antitrust & Competition, Corporate Advisory, Employment, Energy, Health Industry Advisory, Litigation & Private Client
Miami: Corporate Advisory, Employment, Health Industry Advisory, Litigation & Tax (USIT/SALT)
New York: Corporate Advisory, Employment, Health Industry Advisory, Litigation, Private Client & Tax (USIT/SALT)
San Francisco: Corporate Advisory, Employment, Intellectual Property, Private Client, Tax (USIT/SALT)
Washington, DC: Antitrust & Competition, Corporate Advisory, Employment, Energy, Health Industry Advisory, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Tax (USIT/SALT)

We will begin accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Program in July 2021. At that time, candidates interested in applying to the 2022 Summer Program should submit an application through our web apply portal. We require the following for a complete application: resume, cover letter [indicating practice area(s) of interest], and law school transcript.

2021 1L Summer Associates

FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENT DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

As part of McDermott’s longstanding commitment to promoting a more diverse law firm, we are proud to offer our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program in our Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC offices. 1L Diversity Fellows will be included in all aspects of the McDermott Summer Associate Program, including extensive training, networking, integration and social opportunities. Diversity Fellows will be paired with both a Partner and Associate mentor to provide guidance during the summer and throughout the school year.

Our 1L Diversity Fellows will receive a $15,000 scholarship toward their law school education at the completion of the 2021 Summer Program. Diversity Fellows who successfully complete the 1L fellowship program are also eligible to earn an offer to return as a 2022 Summer Associate.

ELIGIBILITY:

We welcome applications from students who are members of historically under-represented groups in the legal profession who are enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools with:

  • A commitment to promoting and advancing diversity within the firm as a product of background, experience, personal attributes or characteristics
  • A strong record of academic and professional achievement
  • A genuine interest in pursuing a career at McDermott upon graduation
  • The intent to live and practice in the city or region in which the office is located
  • An anticipated JD graduation date of Spring 2023 at the time of application

APPLICATION PROCESS:

We will be accepting applications from December 1st, 2020 to January 15th, 2021. Please submit your resume, cover letter (indicating practice area(s) of interest, writing sample, undergraduate transcript, and law school transcript (if it is available to you at the time).

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FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENT LCLD SCHOLAR – New York

As part of McDermott’s longstanding commitment to promoting a more diverse law firm, we are proud to offer our 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program in our New York office. Our LCLD Scholar will be included in all aspects of the McDermott Summer Associate Program, including extensive training, networking, integration and social opportunities. Our LCLD Scholar will be paired with both a Partner and Associate mentor to provide guidance during the summer and throughout the school year. In addition, our LCLD Scholar will work closely with Honeywell International and attend the 2021 1L LCLD virtual Scholars Summit.

Our 1L LCLD Scholar will receive a $15,000 scholarship toward their law school education at the completion of the 2021 Summer Program. LCLD Scholars are also eligible to earn an offer to return as a 2022 Summer Associate upon successful completion of the 2021 Summer Program.

ELIGIBILITY:

We welcome applications from students who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession, enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools with:

  • A commitment to promoting and advancing diversity within the firm as a product of background, experience, personal attributes or characteristics
  • A strong record of academic and professional achievement
  • A genuine interest in pursuing a career at McDermott upon graduation
  • The intent to live and practice in the city or region in which the office is located
  • An anticipated JD graduation date of Spring 2023 at the time of application

APPLICATION PROCESS:

We will be accepting applications from December 1st, 2020 to January 15th, 2021. Please submit your resume, writing sample, cover letter (indicating practice area(s) of interest), undergraduate transcript and law school transcript (if it is available to you at the time).

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FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENT LCLD SCHOLAR – Los Angeles

As a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, McDermott Will & Emery has established a first-year fellowship through the LCLD Scholars Program. The 1L LCLD Scholar will spend 5 weeks participating in all aspects of McDermott’s 2021 Summer Associate Program in our Los Angeles office, including extensive training, networking, integration and social opportunities, as well as 5 weeks working directly with Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. In addition, the LCLD Scholar will be paired with both a Partner and Associate mentor from McDermott to provide guidance during the summer and throughout the school year. The scholar will also attend the 2021 1L LCLD virtual Scholars Summit.

Our 1L LCLD Scholar will receive a $15,000 scholarship toward their law school education at the completion of this 10 week program. LCLD Scholars are also eligible to earn an offer from McDermott to return as a 2022 Summer Associate at the firm.

ELIGIBILITY:

We welcome applications from first year students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools who have:

  • A commitment to promoting and advancing diversity
  • A strong record of academic and professional achievement
  • A genuine interest in pursuing a career at McDermott upon graduation
  • The intent to live and practice in the city or region in which the office is located
  • An anticipated JD graduation date of Spring 2023 at the time of application
  • An interest in pursuing litigation and/or employment law

APPLICATION PROCESS:

We will be accepting applications from December 1st, 2020 to January 15th, 2021. Please submit your resume, writing sample, cover letter (indicating practice area(s) of interest), undergraduate transcript and law school transcript (if it is available to you at the time).

Apply Now

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide an equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, gender expression and identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, transgender or sexual orientation, marital status, type of discharge from the military (other than dishonorable) or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of the relationship between the Firm and an employee.

Contact


Law Student Recruiting Contacts

Chicago and Dallas Offices
Heidi Bradish
Law Student Recruiting Manager
(312) 984-7516
hbradish@mwe.com

Los Angeles and San Francisco Offices
Marcella Vasquez
Law Student Recruiting Manager
+1 213 297 0782
Mvasquez@mwe.com

Washington, DC and Atlanta Offices
Kelsey Jaynes-Culver
Law Student Recruiting Specialist
(202) 756-8919
kjaynesculver@mwe.com

Miami Office
Beatriz Soriano
Office & Human Resources Manager
(305) 329-4491
bsoriano@mwe.com

New York and Boston Offices
Gesenia Vasquez
Law Student Recruiting Coordinator
(212) 547-5897
gvasquez@mwe.com