Students & Graduates

Why join us

We are a truly global firm, with an international network that most firms can only dream of. It’s the reason many of our global clients choose to work with us, and why they trust us with their most complex, cross-border work. As an associate, this means you will work on teams that span the entirety of a matter—not just the work of one jurisdiction—and experience the international nature of the work.

We are proud of our achievements—revenue of more than US$1.5 billion, 45 practices rated Band 1 in Chambers Global, top ranked for diversity and pro bono programs—but we will not rest on our laurels. We have an ambitious five-year growth strategy that will strengthen our position as a top-of-mind firm for global clients—and an employer of choice for top talent.

This combination of strength and ambition means exciting career opportunities: international and cutting-edge work throughout your career, and experience that will benefit you wherever your career journey takes you.

Who we’re looking for

There is no such thing as a typical White & Case lawyer. We don’t have a template. We’re proud that our people are from a wide variety of backgrounds. We attract people with a global mindset, who prioritize learning about different cultures, experiences, languages and viewpoints.

It goes without saying that we expect intelligence and academic excellence. But the way you think is crucial. You need to be able to analyze how the law works and be creative, yet pragmatic, in your interpretation of it. Our clients depend on our lawyers’ ability to resolve a complex issue or structure an international transaction on their behalf.

We value collaboration and a team-oriented mindset. Clients and colleagues will depend on you to perform tasks accurately, efficiently and on time, and to work in teams to get the legal work done.

Our culture

We have a diverse, enriching and enjoyable work culture. At last count, our lawyers represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages, which is vital to our ability to effectively represent our diverse clients throughout the world. We offer an open-door, collaborative culture that fosters strong internal working relationships across our offices worldwide.

By increasing the diversity of students and professionals at the Firm, we create a dynamic, supportive work environment and develop teams that provide the best solutions for our clients. Our clients appreciate our multijurisdictional agility and our proven ability to get things done strategically across borders.

We go a long way to attract talent and to make sure that our lawyers have a fulfilling personal and professional experience at the Firm. Our affinity groups and women’s networks offer their members the opportunity to support and mentor each other and also focus on talent management. We are proud to consistently achieve top national and international rankings on diversity surveys.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is not a buzzword. It's about quality and excellence, now and in the future. We go a long way to attract diverse talent––both students and experienced lawyers. We know that competition for the best lawyers is stiff, and we've got to stay at the top of our game to attract and retain top talent.

Our lawyers are active in a number of Firm-led and collaborative initiatives aimed at making a significant impact on diversity from grade school to graduate school and law firms to NGOs.

Social Responsibility

As a global law firm, we not only have an opportunity but also a responsibility to provide legal counsel and assistance to the communities in which we do business. Through our Social Responsibility Initiative, we look for ways to apply our experience to the challenges faced by the global community. The centerpiece of our Social Responsibility Initiative is our pro bono work, but it also encompasses our legal education programs—such as our sponsorship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition—and our volunteer activities, charitable contributions and Green Initiative.

Join us and help make a difference in your community and around the world.

Recruiting process

We participate in on-campus interviews at many law schools and job fairs across the country. If we visit your school, we encourage you to stop by our hospitality suite to meet our lawyers and recruiting team. You're also welcome to submit your résumé directly to the Firm. During the callback process, we make every effort to match your practice area interests with our lawyers. We view the interview process as a two-way street, and our goal is for you to get as much information as possible about our Firm and our training programs so that you can make the best decision about where to start your legal career.

Download our recruiting brochure to learn more.

OCI schedule

Our training is comprehensive, the work is cutting-edge, career prospects are unlimited and the rewards are excellent. Representatives from our offices will be visiting the following law schools and job fairs in 2017.
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Boston office
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Stanford

7 August 2017
Stanford University

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UC Irvine

31 July 2017
UC Irvine

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Yale

8 August 2017
Yale University

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Los Angeles office
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Berkeley

2 August 2017
University of California, Berkley

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Columbia

3 August 2017
Columbia University

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Harvard

10 August 2017
Harvard University

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Loyola

4 August 2017
Loyola University

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NYU

9 August 2017
New York University

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Pepperdine

4 August 2017
Pepperdine University

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Stanford

7 August 2017
Stanford University

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UC Irvine

31 July 2017
University of California, Irvine

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UCLA

2 August 2017
University of California, Los Angeles

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USC

3 August 2017
USC

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Yale

08 August 2017
Yale University

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Miami office
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Columbia

2 August 2017
Columbia University

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Florida

8 August 2017
Florida

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Harvard

10 August 2017
Harvard University

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Miami

08 August 2017
Miami University

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Northwestern

7 August 2017
Northwestern University

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NYU

9 August 2017
New York University

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Stanford

7 August 2017
Stanford University

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UC Irvine

31 July 2017
UC Irvine

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Yale

8 August 2017
Yale University

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New York office
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Berkeley

2 August 2017
Berkeley

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Chicago

8 August 2017
Chicago 

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Columbia

2 August 2017
Columbia University, New York

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Cornell

1 August 2017
Cornell University, New York

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Duke

1 August 2017
Duke University

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Fordham

3 August 2017
Fordham University

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Georgetown

9 August 2017
Georgetown University

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Harvard

10 August 2017
Harvard University

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Howard

7 August 2017
Howard University

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McGill

16 August 2017
McGill University

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Michigan

10 August 2017
Michigan State University

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Northwestern

3 August 2017
Northwestern University

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Notre Dame

31 July 2017
University of Notre Dame

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NYU

9 August 2017
New York University

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Penn

8 August 2017
Penn State University

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Standord

7 August 2017
Stanford University

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Toronto

18 August 2017
University of Toronto

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UC Irvine

3 August 2017
UC Irvine

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UVA

8 August 2017
University of Virginia

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Vanderbilt

27 July 2017
Vanderbilt University

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Yale

8 August 2017
Yale University

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Silicon Valley office
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Berkeley

2 August 2017
University of California, Berkeley

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Davis

3 August 2017
University of California, Davis

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Harvard

10 August 2017
Harvard University

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Stanford

7 August 2017
Stanford University

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UC Irvine

31 July 2017
University of California, Irvine

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Yale

8 August 2017
Yale University

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Washington, DC office
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American

8 August 2017
American University

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Berkeley

2 August 2017
University of California, Berkeley

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Chicago 

8 August 2017
Chicago 

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Columbia

2 August 2017
Columbia University, New York

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Cornell

1 August 2017
Cornell University, New York

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Duke

1 August 2017
Duke University

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Georgetown

9 August 2017
Georgetown University

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GWU

7 August 2017
George Washington University

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Harvard

10 August 2017
Harvard University

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Howard

7 August 2017
Howard University

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Michigan

10 August 2017
Michigan State University

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Northwestern

7 August 2017
Northwestern University

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NYU

9 August 2017
New York University

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Penn

8 August 2017
Penn State University

Location
Stanford

7 August 2017
Stanford University

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UC Irvine

31 July 2017
University of California, Irvine

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USC

3 August 2017
USC

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UVA

8 August 2017
University of Virginia

Location
Yale

8 August 2017
Yale University

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Job fairs by office
Location
Los Angeles office

27 July 2017:  Penn State University job fair

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Miami office

25 July 2017:  The Law Consortium's Miami Off-Campus Interview Program

26 July 2017:  On Tour Interview Program

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New York office

27 July 2017:  BC/BU Job Fair

31 July 2017:  GWU Job Fair

31 July 2017:  Northeast Black Law Student Association Job Fair

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Silicon Valley office

15 July 2017:  San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

25 July 2017:  Penn State Job Fair

29 July 2017:  Bay Area Diversity Job Fair

4 August 2017:  Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

7 August 2017:  Midwest California Georgia Consortium Job Fair

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Washington, DC office

4 August 2017:  Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

10 August 2017:  Antitrust Job Fair at George Mason

12 August 2017:  Mid-atlantic Black Law Students Association Job Fair

About the recruiting process

Recruiting talented lawyers is integral to our success. We want to recruit and develop people who have the potential to become leading lawyers and contribute to our ongoing growth. All you have to do is submit your cover letter, résumé, law school transcript and a ten-page writing sample through our online application system. We know the recruiting season is a busy time for you and a prompt response is helpful. We promise to review your application and get back to you in a timely manner.

NALP Forms

We are One Firm, but each office has its own distinctive personality. See our NALP forms to get more information about each of our US offices.

Frequently asked questions

Here you can find the answers to many frequently asked questions about our Summer Program.

How do I apply for a summer associate position?
See our OCI event 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 two to two-and-a-half 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, it 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. 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.

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 and 1L Intellectual Property 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.

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.

Interview tips

Some of the questions you will be asked in your interview will revolve around why you applied to the Firm and why you are interested in a legal career.

Do your research

Think about what it is about us that attracted you to the Firm, how we are different from other firms, our key practice areas and which recent deals or cases you have found interesting. A genuine interest in the practice of law and in our Firm goes a long way with our interviewers.

Answer and ask questions with confidence

  • Think about the question before giving an answer; do not jump in with the first thing that comes into your head.
  • Think about the skills you have learned and developed over the years. Show how they can be transferred to your role as a summer associate and as an associate.
  • Remember that a good interview is a two-way process. It is just as important that your questions are answered so that you can see if this is the right firm for you to start your career.
  • Do not simply ask questions you think our lawyers will want to hear. Instead, think about what you need to know in order to make an informed decision. Was there anything in the recruiting brochure, on the careers site or in the press that you would like to discuss?

Be yourself. Show your personality

We hire smart people and hard workers, but we also look for people that we get along with. We spend a lot of time together on cases and deals working in a team setting, and we want to know you can fit in with our culture. This process is a chance to get to know you, so don’t be shy.

Get to know us

Deciding between offers can be a difficult decision. If you receive an offer, we encourage you to return to the office for a second look. This is a great opportunity to talk to our lawyers and learn about their practice and experience at White & Case. The timing, selection of lawyers and format of the visit are entirely up to you. Alternatively, we can set up phone calls should travel be an issue.

Contacts

Boston

Kasey M. Stein
White & Case LLP
75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
recruit@whitecase.com

Los Angeles

Nina M. Delas Alas
White & Case LLP
555 South Flower Street
Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
ndelasalas@whitecase.com

Miami

Maria Elena Camps
White & Case LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 4900
Miami, FL 33131
mcamps@whitecase.com

New York

Kasey M. Stein
White & Case LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
recruit@whitecase.com
For lateral recruiting (NY office only): talent.acquisition@whitecase.com

Silicon Valley

Benson S. Lee
White & Case LLP
3000 El Camino Real
5 Palo Alto Square, 9th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94306
blee@whitecase.com

Washington, DC

Susanne L. Chapman
White & Case LLP
701 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
schapman@whitecase.com

Career opportunities: Apply online

From day one, I did substantive work on complex and innovative deals with extremely smart and genuinely nice people.

Katherine Draper
Associate, New York

Being truly global is not just a buzzword at White & Case. Starting with the Summer Program, associates have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and colleagues from around the world on a daily basis.

Nathan Zhang
Associate, Silicon Valley

The best aspects of the Summer Program were the amazing interaction of the partners, the opportunity to bond with the summer associates and the variety of summer events.

Trisha Grant
Associate, Washington, DC

Since day one, I have been able to work on complex, top-flight matters. Thanks to the supportive community of talented lawyers and staff here, no challenge is too great.

Andrew Mackintosh
Associate, Los Angeles

Summer Program

You've worked hard to get where you are, and you want to choose the right firm to launch your career. Our Summer Program is tailored to make the most of your skills and ambition. We provide real work with real deadlines for real clients. You will work in practice areas of interest to you and work side by side with our lawyers. We want you to get to know our people and experience our Firm culture because these are the biggest indicators of what your full-time experience will be like.

One of the highlights of the summer program is our US Summer Associate Conference that takes place at the New York office. It's a great way to get to learn more about our Firm, meet new people and develop new skills.

Download our recruiting brochure to learn more.

About our US offices

The offices below are all recruiting summer associates during OCI in 2018.

Boston office

White & Case’s Boston office is the latest addition to our US network where our lawyers work on cutting-edge, substantive projects with high-profile clients.

We have deep experience in the life sciences and healthcare industries, and regularly represent biotech and medical device companies. We address the critical legal issues at the heart of pharmaceutical companies and other innovators.

Our White Collar group focuses on criminal and civil litigation and investigations, including cross-border matters. In White Collar defense, we typically handle complex matters relating to the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and criminal antitrust, as well as tax and securities. In civil litigation, we have deep experience in class actions, probate and antitrust matters, US and international arbitrations, private equity and other complex commercial disputes.

Our intellectual property group delivers meaningful solutions for high-profile clients in patent prosecutions and litigation, both in the US and Europe, as well as strategic patent counseling to global life sciences and technology clients through every stage of the patent cycle.

2018 Summer Associate Program

Your summer here will be one of real client work and practice-oriented skills training, interspersed with social events that provide vital networking opportunities—our emphasis is on us getting to know you as well as you getting to know your peers and the Firm’s lawyers.

2018 details

Length: 10 Weeks
Dates: Mid-May to late July
Class size: 2
Salary: US$3,500 per week

Practice areas

  • Antitrust
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Pro Bono
  • White Collar

How to apply:  Career opportunities: Apply online

Los Angeles office

Our Los Angeles office is energetic, exciting and on the cutting edge when it comes to performing some of today’s most relevant and newsworthy legal work. The work here is fulfilling and challenging, involving pan-office and multijurisdictional issues. You will meet—on the phone and in person—clients located on just about every continent. In serving these clients, you will work hand in hand with our lawyers throughout our network of offices worldwide. As our case and deal teams are staffed efficiently, you will get substantial experience early in your career writing motions, drafting documents, taking and defending depositions, talking with clients, participating in closings and even going to court to make an argument. Your learning curve will be steep, and the experience will be great, and you will have mentors and professional development programs to guide you along the way.

2018 Summer Associate Program

Your summer here will be one of real client work and practice-oriented skills training, interspersed with social events that provide vital networking opportunities—our emphasis is on us getting to know you as well as you getting to know your peers and the Firm’s lawyers.

2018 details

Length: 10 weeks
Dates: Mid-May to late July
Class size: 7
Salary: US$3,500 per week

Practice areas

We provide clients with a valuable combination of deep local knowledge and ready access to global resources, managing a vast number of complex and cross-border matters in a variety of practice areas.

Our Los Angeles practice areas include:

  • Asset Finance
  • Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Pro Bono

Based on your preferences, you will have the option to rotate between departments, or spend all ten weeks in one department.

How to apply:  Career opportunities: Apply online

Miami office

White & Case’s Miami office is uniquely positioned to assist clients in meeting their most critical legal and business challenges—in Florida and throughout the world. Our lawyers regularly advise multinational corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities in complex domestic and cross-border corporate and financial transactions and dispute resolution proceedings.

The Miami office has been awarded numerous “Top Dealmaker” awards and recently received “Litigation Department of the Year” recognition.

Our Miami office is consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers across multiple practice areas. This recognition is important because when you are just starting your career, you want to know that you are working with and learning from the very best lawyers. Our lawyers provide US and global clients with a wide range of services, and our Litigation, Corporate and Financial Restructuring and Insolvency practices, in particular, are some of the most widely respected in the industry. As the gateway to Latin America—which is about a third of our practice—we excel in offering special capabilities in capital markets transactions, project development and finance, privatization and mergers and acquisitions. Our Latin America practice is regularly identified as top tier with accolades that include “Best Infrastructure Law Firm in Latin America,” “Latin America Power Deal of the Year” and “Latin America Project Finance Deal of the Year.”

2018 Summer Associate Program

Our Summer Associate Program is designed to be challenging, exciting and enjoyable—it is meant to give you a realistic understanding of what life as a lawyer is really like, so that you are well-prepared for your future career here. It is a full summer of real work and learning, courtroom visits and, of course, many opportunities to socialize and network with your peers and our lawyers.

2018 details

Length: 10 weeks
Dates: Mid-May to late July
Class size: 8
Salary: US$3,500 per week

Practice areas

We provide seamless global representation to clients with an on-the-ground presence in key jurisdictions for Latin America including São Paulo, Mexico City, New York, Miami, Washington, DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Beijing—which gives us our unique position not only within White & Case, but among peer law firms, in providing high-quality legal solutions to complex, multijurisdictional matters.

Our Miami practice areas include:

  • Appellate
  • Asset Finance
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy
  • Environmental and Land Use
  • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • International Arbitration
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Pro Bono
  • Real Estate

How to apply:  Career opportunities: Apply online

New York office

Working in the New York office allows you to immediately feel the energy and buzz that comes with being in the heart of an integrated global law firm. Whether you’re on a conference call with clients and colleagues in half a dozen time zones or hearing multiple languages spoken as you walk down the hall, you’re constantly reminded of our One Firm approach.

2018 Summer Associate Program

Your summer here will be one of real client work and practice-oriented skills training, interspersed with social events that provide vital networking opportunities—our emphasis is on getting to know you as well as you getting to know your peers and the Firm’s lawyers.

2018 details

Length: 10 weeks
Dates: Mid-May to late July
Class size: 65
Salary: US$3,500 per week

Practice areas

A significant portion of our practice is focused on New York and US businesses, but that’s where the similarity to other New York firms ends. Why? Because our global resources mean we can deliver work that crosses borders and involves complex legal and business issues in multiple legal jurisdictions. We have more “feet on the ground,” more top-tier global offices and a greater ability to meet our clients’ needs wherever they may be. That’s what being a truly global law firm means. That’s what being a White & Case lawyer means.

Our New York practice areas include:

  • Antitrust
  • Asset Finance
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment, Compensation and Benefits
  • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Clients
  • Pro Bono
  • Project Finance
  • Sourcing and Technology Transactions
  • Tax
  • White Collar/Investigations

Based on your preferences, you will have the option to rotate through either the Corporate or Litigation department or spend some time in each.

How to apply:  Career opportunities: Apply online

Silicon Valley office

White & Case in Silicon Valley is not the typical law firm. We are entrepreneurial, nimble and agile—a dynamic complement to our worldwide platform. Our office offers a fast-paced environment where motivated people with razor-sharp analytical skills and keen intuition excel. It is a testament to the clients we serve—companies on the leading edge of technology and research—as well as the attitude we take toward client service. We don’t merely apply legal conventions; we break new ground just as our clients do, and that makes our office one of the most exciting places to start your career.

Our Silicon Valley office serves as the hub of White & Case’s Technology practice. Our lawyers advise companies of all sizes in the technology sector (hardware, software, Internet technology and semiconductor, to name a few). We counsel clients in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, technology transfers, trade secret and trade regulation. We also have an active practice advising and representing clients in Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC), which involves the importation of goods in violation of US intellectual property rights.

Our Silicon Valley Corporate/M&A team is an important component of our global practice. Our lawyers provide a broad range of corporate and business services to publicly held corporations, private companies, private equity firms and venture capitalists. We are very active in domestic and cross-border transactions—major mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments and other significant corporate matters. We also counsel businesses in connection with their ongoing contractual relationships with domestic and international customers, suppliers and distributors.

2018 Summer Associate Program

White & Case is about making things happen. You will be part of a dynamic world where you can expect and be expected to make a difference. Our Summer Program is about learning as much as you can, as well as having ample opportunity to socialize and network with your peers.

2018 details

Length: 10 weeks
Dates: Mid-May to late July
Class size: 4
Salary: US$3,500 per week

Practice areas

Our Silicon Valley practice areas include:

  • Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Pro Bono
  • Sourcing and Technology Transactions

You will have the opportunity to work in all our practice areas including Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A and Antitrust. Your assignments will include substantive, meaningful and challenging work.

How to apply:  Career opportunities: Apply online

Washington, DC office

White & Case in Washington, DC offers unique opportunities for a legal career. You will help global enterprises, sovereign states, and individuals navigate complex legal issues, advising them on domestic and international issues and aiding them in the successful resolution of a wide range of challenges and disputes. Whether you are helping to defend a company against a high-profile investigation or claim or advancing the claims of a party to an international arbitration, your work will be thought-provoking and often groundbreaking. Many of our Washington, DC lawyers have had invaluable, high-level government experience that they will share with you, and you will be working not only with them but with our lawyers around the world on six continents.

2018 Summer Associate Program

Your summer here will be one of real work and learning, interspersed with socializing and networking opportunities—we place great emphasis on you getting to know your peers and our lawyers.

2018 details

Length: 10 weeks
Dates: Mid-May to late July
Class size: 25
Salary: US$3,500 per week

Practice areas

Our lawyers are some of the sharpest professionals you’ll find anywhere—lawyers who are regularly recognized and ranked for their accomplishments and abilities.

Our Washington, DC practice areas include:

  • Antitrust
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Energy
  • Financial Institutions Advisory
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds
  • National Security & CFIUS
  • Pro Bono
  • Project Finance
  • Sourcing & Technology Transactions
  • Tax/Tax Controversy
  • White Collar

How to apply:  Career opportunities: Apply online

About our Summer Program

Our Summer Program is designed to give you a great working experience. From real assignments for real clients, mentoring and training to social events and a chance to get to know us better.

Training seminars

We know your training and development as a lawyer is a priority for you, and this process starts from day one of the Summer Program. The work is demanding, and you will work hard on behalf of our lawyers and clients. In return, you will be part of a team, and we will provide you with training and support. During the summer, you will attend a series of training seminars and interactive workshops. 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.

General topics:

  • Legal research and writing seminars
  • How to be a successful summer associate
  • Managing assignments
  • Social Responsibility/Pro Bono
  • The life of a lawsuit
  • Major components of a contract
  • Business development
  • Negotiation workshop
  • Deals training
  • Path to partnership
  • Ethics for the summer associate
  • Strategies for professional success
  • Class action overview
  • Latin America
  • Law firm economics
  • Demystifying the Bar Exam
  • What's ahead as a new associate
     

Practice-specific topics:

  • Antitrust
  • Asset Finance
  • Bank Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Energy
  • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Licensing and Technology
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • White Collar
Social events

We want you to get to know our people as well as learn about our business. Each office plans a variety of social events, which are important to the program because they allow you to socialize and network with your fellow summer associates and our lawyers in a casual and relaxed environment. Our lunch program also provides an opportunity to meet additional lawyers. There's something for just about everyone, and if you spend the summer with us, we hope you will join in the fun.

Below is a sample of our 2017 Summer Program social events across our US offices:

  • Welcome receptions
  • Happy hours
  • Pro Bono Awards Reception
  • Partner dinners
  • Baseball games
  • Escape the Room
  • Women's Initiative events
  • Wine tasting
  • Volleyball/beach day
  • Tennis and paella
  • Theater
  • Cooking class
  • Sailing
  • Bowling
  • Trivia night
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Concert Casino Party
  • Ice cream social
  • Farewell parties

We also sponsor events so that our summer associates can help support our local communities and get a firsthand understanding of our commitment to social responsibility. This year's events include:

Los Angeles

  • Public Counsel: CARES (Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services)

Miami

  • Legal Services of Miami-Dade, Small Claims Clinic

New York

  • USO Bike Build

Silicon Valley

  • Habitat for Humanity

Washington, DC

  • Habitat for Humanity

Join us and help make a difference.

Pro bono opportunities

As a summer associate, you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in pro bono matters and hone your legal skills while making a difference in your local communities and around the world. We believe that pro bono work is an excellent way to accelerate your training and development. We encourage you to take advantage of the many pro bono opportunities offered by the Firm and to propose pro bono matters that you are passionate about.

Our 2017 summer associates were involved in a wide range of pro bono matters. Highlights include:

  • Represented domestic violence victims in seeking orders of protection in family court through Sanctuary for Families' Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP). Our summer associates educated victims about the remedies available, assisted them with safety planning, helped them draft petitions and advocated on their behalf before judges.
  • Assisted on corporate matters for Asian American Law Fund of New York, Carnegie Hall and a variety of other nonprofit organizations.
  • Worked on criminal appeals matters in the First and Second Judicial Departments referred to us by The Legal Aid Society, Appellate Advocates and Center for Appellate Litigation, and two death penalty matters.
  • Assisted on several asylum and immigration matters for LGBT individuals and juvenile immigrants.
  • Secured uncontested divorces, orders of protection and child support for several low-income women through the Her Justice Summer Associate Program. Her Justice serves low-income women who need free legal services involving matrimonial, family and immigration law.
  • Assisted an environmental nonprofit in a Clean Water Act citizen lawsuit concerning a sand and gravel supply company discharging polluted storm water in violation of the Act.
  • Assisted on various matters for Women's World Banking, a nonprofit organization that expands the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women and their households by helping them access financial services, knowledge and markets.
  • Spent two weeks working full time at various New York City community-based nonprofits.
  • Completed surveys of the financial inclusion policies of various countries on behalf of The Alliance for Financial Inclusion, a global network of central banks and financial policymakers from developing countries working to increase access to financial services for the poor.
  • Prepared materials for classes on legislative drafting at Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Bhutan’s national law school.
  • Partnered with ArchCity Defenders and Equal Justice Under the Law on a debtor’s prison litigation brought against the City of Ferguson, Missouri.
Work assignments

As a summer associate, you will receive real work assignments for real clients. Typical assignments include writing briefs, motions, contracts and client memoranda, assisting in drafting and negotiation sessions, and performing due diligence in transactions. Generally, you will have multiple assignments at once, which have real deadlines and will require effective time management. We expect that you will contribute to the matters on which you are working and take ownership of your assignments.

Prior to the start of the Summer Program, we will ask you about your practice area interests. Our dedicated team of assignment coordinators makes certain that you receive exposure to a variety of projects in practice areas of interest to you, and that you get to meet and work with as many of our lawyers as possible. If you want to work on specific matters or with specific lawyers, let us know and we'll do our best to make this happen. We also encourage you to tell us if your interests change during the summer, and we'll make every effort to be flexible.

We recognize that opportunities to observe lawyers actually practicing law can be educational and a lot of fun. Our lawyers include summer associates in conference calls, depositions, negotiation sessions, hearings, closings, trials or other out-of-office activities.

The evaluation process

We know that timely and meaningful feedback is important to your professional growth. We believe that it is mutually beneficial to evaluate your performance over the course of the summer.

In addition to informal feedback, we have also established a formal evaluation system. We want this process to be as transparent as possible, and we will discuss it in detail and share the evaluation form with you during the first week of the Summer Program. Each lawyer with whom you work will be asked to comment on the quality of your work, your verbal and written communication skills, your ability to work with others and your ownership of matters. We will use these evaluations to assess your performance. You will then have a mid-summer and end-of-summer review that will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the appraisals of your work. This is meant to be a two-way process, and we will solicit your feedback about your experience throughout the summer.

Mentors

You will be provided with a number of formal and informal mentors to help integrate you into the Firm.

Partner mentors

Partner mentors will be available to provide guidance, answer questions and generally assist you in assimilating into the Firm as quickly as possible. They are available to ensure that you are fully engaged in all aspects of our Summer Program. You are encouraged to talk to your partner mentor about the type of work you would like exposure to and any questions you may have regarding your work assignments.

Counsel and associate mentors 

Counsel and associate mentors assist you throughout the summer. Like your partner mentor, the role of these mentors is to help make your summer experience as productive and beneficial as possible.

Office mates 

In some locations, you will be sharing an office with a junior associate who will act as an informal mentor and help you meet other lawyers and office staff. Office mates are a valuable resource, and you should feel comfortable asking them any questions you may have.

Recruiters 

All recruiters are ready and willing to assist you along the way.

US Summer Associate Conference

One of the highlights of our Summer Program is the US Summer Associate Conference that takes place at the New York office. It is a great opportunity for all US summer associates to meet each other and learn more about the Firm, our people and our culture. The conference includes training workshops, an overview of our "hot" deals and cases, and a team-building activity that provides an easy way for you to get to know your classmates. A cocktail reception provides an opportunity to meet partners in a relaxed, casual setting followed by a night out in New York City. The conference also includes a program led by our global Director of Diversity and Inclusion as well as a law firm economics seminar to help you understand how law firms, and specifically White & Case, operate.

This is a great way to build your network.

Overseas work opportunities

With a footprint of offices across the globe, our teams work seamlessly around the world and, if you join us, you will, too. We believe it's important to provide first-hand international experience across various business cultures in both emerging and established markets, and that working with and getting to know your colleagues throughout our organization will make you a better lawyer.

During the Summer Program, you may be assigned to client matters that involve multiple White & Case offices in multiple countries. At the determination of the assigning partner and the business needs of the Firm, you may be invited to participate in business meetings or client work that provides you with the opportunity to visit one of our offices outside the US. These short-term work assignments, in addition to providing excellent work experience, also allow you to experience first-hand how White & Case lawyers collaborate as One Firm across office and national boundaries.

Each year, we may offer a limited number of overseas work opportunities during our Summer Program. To discuss overseas work opportunities, please reach out to your recruiting contact during the interview process.

Summer associate survey results

We asked these questions (along with a lot of others) of our summer associates, and here are their unedited, unscripted and unabridged opinions.

How would you describe the Firm and the Summer Program to a fellow student?

"It's real. Every big firm claims to be global, but for White & Case it is the center of gravity and organizing principle for much of the Firm's identity. It means you get really big, really important, work as a summer associate. It also means that every office is brimming with diverse personalities from all over the world, breeding a culture of respect, tolerance and innovative thinking."

"Almost everyone at the Firm was available whenever I had a question. There is definitely an 'open-door' culture, where I felt free to walk into anyone's office to talk about something. Many attorneys came to my office the first week to introduce themselves, which definitely put me at ease."

"The work is real. Better yet, it is also substantive! One of my assignments made its way into a brief. Another one of my assignments was eventually published. I answered a variety of legal questions concerning different practice areas. It could not have been better!"

Will you recommend White & Case to your law school friends? Why?

"Absolutely, I could not have had a better experience and could not be more excited for my future career. The Firm genuinely cares about what you want in your professional life, and wants to make sure it fits in with a happy/healthy life in general."

"Yes, I already have. I recommended it because it is a truly international firm with an amazing group of people. Everyone works hard, which is expected of Big Law, but not everyone has the opportunity to work with lawyers that are as intelligent, or level-headed as the ones I have worked with here."

"Yes. I had a great summer at White & Case. I've learned a lot about the Firm and the substantive work in which the Firm is involved. Everyone at the Firm and especially those directly involved in coordinating the Summer Program are dedicated to making sure you make the most of your ten weeks."

Was the work interesting and challenging?

"Yes. Almost every one of my projects involved substantive research and writing, which is what I had hoped for. I had the opportunity to work on big and complex cases for a broad range of clients, and the questions I was being asked to answer were challenging and interesting. What I liked most was that I could tell that my work product actually mattered to the case and that the attorneys were taking it seriously."

"The amount of substantive work I had the opportunity to work on this summer truly exceeded my expectations. The work was interesting and, overall, I felt the summer was a great learning experience. I was able to work with every group I was interested in."

"The work is surprisingly substantive, and some research questions can be incredibility challenging, especially in Litigation. I drafted research memos, which were used—partially, of course—in actually motions submitted to court. The highlight of the summer, though, was getting to be a judge in a mock oral argument for a case on appeal and then attending the actually oral argument in the Third Circuit."

What were the best aspects of the Summer Program?

"One word can sum up the best part of the Summer Program: balance. There is a perfect balance between lunches, summer social events, training seminars and work. I feel as though I had the opportunity to bond with my fellow summers and lawyers in both casual and formal settings yet, at the same time, I truly got a sense of what associate and partner life is truly like for when I (hopefully) come back."

"Actually, getting the feeling that my work mattered. I felt like 'part of the team' on some of my projects—attorneys let me come for calls and always debriefed me afterwards and filled me in on the background information."

"The substantive nature of the work assignments, the exciting and various social events and the personal relationship developments. The summer gave us an accurate idea of what it would be like to work at the Firm, and still having fun along the way."

What were your impressions of the training opportunities offered by the Firm?

"The Summer Program had a lot of training sessions, which helped level the play field, especially for those who did not have much exposure to corporate work before starting work."

"Mentoring circle is great; associates and partners are always willing to teach and answer questions. I had many assignments where the associates would go out of their way to show me how to do something."

"The training was pretty helpful. The Firm made an effort to introduce us to a variety of different practice groups during lunchtime seminars, and plenty of practical training was available. I had the opportunity to participate in an exercise with an expert witness, where I took a mock deposition of an expert and examined another expert in a mock trial."

Please click here to view additional summer associate comments.

Applying in the United States

If you are interested in working in one of our US 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.

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