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Why join us?

 

Get ready to make your mark with 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 matters. 

As an associate, we’ll support you, give you real responsibility and welcome you as an integral member of our dynamic teams from day one. Lawyers who join White & Case find themselves part of an open, collegial culture where innovation, teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit are valued. Our high-stretch, high-support culture means our associates receive the training, mentorship and support to succeed in every aspect of their career development.

The future of law is global. Our diverse and globally minded lawyers represent 110 nationalities, speak 87 languages, and serve our clients through a global network of practices and industry groups. If you are a team player with a global mindset, the determination to succeed and willingness to take charge of your career, we’d like to hear from you.

  • Revenue of more than US$2.39 billion
  • 52 practices rated Band 1 in Chambers Global
  • Top-ranked for diversity and pro bono programs

 

 

 

Emily Yang

Since the summer program, I had the opportunity to work directly with the client and present at the client's site. The team has always been encouraging and supportive for junior associates to take the lead on major projects.

Emily Yang
Associate, Silicon Valley
Elizabeth Mapelli

Since the Summer Program, I have played an active role in interesting and cutting-edge transactions that span across practice areas and offices.  Every day I get the opportunity to collaborate with White & Case team members who both elevate my legal skills and contribute to my professional development.

Elizabeth Mapelli
Associate, New York
RJ Szuba

Starting your career at White & Case guarantees that you will get cutting edge work on top notch matters from day one. With partners who truly value your work and input, and colleagues who always have your back, working at White & Case makes the challenges that come with being a BigLaw associate enjoyable.

RJ Szuba
Associate, Los Angeles

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Our Summer Associate Program

 

Launch your career with us. Our Summer Program is tailored to make the most of your skills and ambitions. You’ll work alongside our lawyers and get a true insight into our work, our people and our culture. Get ready to do real work with real deadlines for real clients, with plenty of opportunities to build your network and enjoy social events too.

  • Ranked Top 10 by Chambers Associate in the following categories:  Associate Satisfaction, Associate Retention, Career Development, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Ranked #1 for Best Summer Program for Social Experiences and #6 for Overall Best Summer Program and Best Summer Program for Career Development by Vault

 

 

 

What to expect

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 ambitions. 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, which takes place at the New York office. It's a great way to learn more about our Firm, meet new people and develop new skills.

Our ten-week Summer Associate Program

Explore what kind of lawyer you want to be

Before you join us for our Summer Associate Program, we will ask you about your practice area interests. 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. 

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. 

 

 

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 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 and other out-of-office activities.

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Learning from our lawyers is invaluable on-the-job training, but you will also attend a series of training seminars on topics including law firm economics, better lawyering through mindfulness, working effectively in a virtual world, business skills training and project management.

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We want you to get to know our people as well as learn about our business so each office organizes a variety of social events. Expect cooking classes, escape rooms and scavenger hunts, dinners at partners’ homes and more, where you can relax and network with your fellow summer associates and our lawyers in a casual environment. 

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It’s important to us that our summer associates can help support local communities and get a firsthand understanding of our commitment to social responsibility. For example our New York office is partnering with the NYC Urban Debate League, where middle-school children from low-income backgrounds will coach summer associates in a fun moot debate format.

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We believe that pro bono work is an excellent way to accelerate your training and development. You will get opportunities to get involved in pro bono matters and hone your legal skills while making a difference, both locally and globally. In 2020, our summer associates worked on pro bono matters including Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp and a landmark settlement for the children of Flint, Michigan.

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You will be provided with a number of formal and informal mentors to help integrate you into the Firm, and our recruiters will always be available to support you as well. Talk to your partner mentor about the type of work you would like exposure to. Counsel and associate mentors will help make your summer experience as productive and beneficial as possible. In some locations, you will be paired with a junior associate who will act as an informal mentor and help integrate you into the Firm. 

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The US Summer Associate Conference takes place at the New York office. It’s a great opportunity for US summer associates from all eight offices to meet each other and learn more about the Firm, our people and our culture. The conference includes training workshops, an overview of our current deals and cases, and fun team-building activities that provide an easy way for you to get to know your classmates.

 

 

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Our teams work seamlessly around the world and, if you join us you will, too. We believe it’s important to get firsthand international experience across various business cultures early in your career. Each year, we offer a number of overseas work opportunities during our Summer Program. You may also 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, allow you to experience how White & Case lawyers collaborate across national boundaries. 

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We know that timely and meaningful feedback is important for continuous growth and development. It provides us with career ownership and critical information to celebrate successes and areas for improvement.  

At the start of the summer program, summer associates are provided with the criteria on which they will be assessed. This includes their performance against our core competencies: Expertise, Tenacity, Client Service, Entrepreneurship and Collaboration.

Over the summer, lawyers will be asked to comment on the quality of a summer associate’s work product, their verbal and written communication skills, teamwork, client readiness, and ownership of matters.  In addition, other lawyers with whom an associate works with may provide informal feedback on the quality of their work. Appraisals of summer associates’ work is formally reviewed with a partner. We work to provide real-time feedback to allow summer associates to address any areas for improvement as early as possible.

Our review process is meant to be a two-way process and we will solicit feedback from our summer associates about their experience and ask for their input on ways to improve future programs.

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Opportunities for 1L and 2L students

 

There are many ways you can get to know the Firm before you apply for the Summer Program. We strongly encourage you to explore these opportunities to meet our people and experience our dynamic, international culture.  

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual learning programs

All students, including pre-law students, are invited to participate in one of our free, virtual learning programs to get real insight into life as a White & Case lawyer and experience the work we do. Our self-paced programs take five to fourteen hours to complete. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience during your studies and a way to differentiate yourself during the application process.

Opportunities for 1L students

Get first-hand experience of BigLaw and the skills needed for success. During our two‑day immersion program, you will discover White & Case through panels, presentations, an interactive case study and networking events. This will allow you to gain real-life experience in a fast-paced high-energy environment, cultivate valuable career development skills and discover our work, our culture and our people.

Read more about the 1L Discover White & Case Workshop

 

 

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As a 1L Diversity Fellow in any of our US offices, 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.

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As a 1L Intellectual Property Litigation Fellow, you will experience all aspects of our Summer Program, including our training sessions, the US Summer Associate Conference in New York, ongoing mentorship opportunities, networking with our lawyers and social events. Expect valuable insight into what we do and what it means to practice IP litigation at the Firm. IP Fellows will spend a portion of their summer working off-site at the offices of a Firm client.

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The SEO Law and White & Case Mentor Program matches former SEOs with practicing lawyers. Former SEO Law Fellows who are currently in their 1L year of law school are eligible to apply. Qualifying fellows are paired with a White & Case lawyer for a period of seven months (October to April of 1L year).  This program helps former SEO Law Fellows make the transition from an academic environment to a successful career in law.

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Opportunities for 2L students

Our First Generation Professional Scholarship offers a unique opportunity to students who join us as summer associates following their second year of law school and are the first in their family to graduate from college, as well as students who are from working-class or lower-income backgrounds. The Scholarship provides holistic support to first-generation professionals to help them flourish in a professional environment through financial aid, mentorship and professional development.

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TJ Gupta

My summer at White & Case was exhilarating and extraordinary in every respect! I had the unparalleled opportunity to work in a variety of practice groups and form lasting relationships with zealous and thoughtful colleagues who represent some of the brightest minds from across the globe.  

TJ Gupta
UVA School of Law, 2020 1L Diversity Fellow

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Our people and culture

 

If you want to work on high-profile projects with a globally minded, diverse team, you’re one of us. We have an
enriching and enjoyable work culture, with a shared sense of purpose, which fosters collaboration and strong internal working relationships across our global network. 

 

 

 

 

Diversity and inclusion 

We have made solid progress in increasing the numbers of underrepresented lawyers at every level. We know that there is still much more to do, and everyone who works here is expected to play their part. 

We are proud to consistently achieve top national and international rankings on diversity surveys year-over-year, and we continually pilot and embed programs that contribute to our diverse and inclusive environment. Find out more about our actions on diversity and inclusion here.

Our affinity networks

Our affinity groups and women’s networks offer their members the opportunity to support and mentor each other and also focus on career development. Joining a network, including as an ally, means being part of a global team dedicated to raising awareness of challenges, issues and experiences. It’s also a way to contribute to building a wider community that is supportive and strong.

Global Citizenship and pro bono work

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 Global Citizenship, we look for ways to apply our experience to the challenges faced by the global community. 

The centerpiece of our Global Citizenship 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.

You will have unparalleled opportunities to participate in cutting-edge pro bono work on the issues that matter to you—both locally and cross-border, with many of the world’s leading NGOs. Learn more about our pro bono work here.

 

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Apply now

 

We want to recruit and develop people who have the potential to become leading lawyers and contribute to our ongoing growth. 

We look forward to meeting many of you for our 2022 Summer Associate Program. To learn more about us, we encourage you to explore Inside White & Case, subscribe to our podcast and follow us on our Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn channels. We will be visiting many law schools for OCI. However, if you wish to apply directly, you may apply here.  We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis in July and August. We also invite anyone with additional questions about our Firm, our culture or the Summer Program to connect with their local recruiter.

 

 

 

 

Our US offices

We have eight offices across the US. All are part of our global network (45 offices in 31 countries), but each has its own identity and strengths. Find out more about the practices and groups in each of our US offices here, and then click on each office to find out more.

Our Boston 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.

Read careers advice and tips from Boston hiring partner Lauren Papenhausen here.

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Our newest US office opened in June 2018 in Chicago. Opening an office in Chicago is an important step as we pursue our 2020 strategy to grow in the United States and expand our disputes and M&A practices. Chicago and the Midwest are important markets for a number of White & Case clients, and home to a broad combination of mature and emerging industries that will benefit from our global experience and capabilities. We expect the office to expand to 100 lawyers and become a full service location over the next couple of years.

Read careers advice and tips from Chicago hiring partner Ray Bogenrief here.

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With more than 5,000 energy firms in its area, Houston is the global capital of the oil & gas industry. The Houston office strengthens the Firm's Global Oil & Gas Industry Group, and allows us to take on more work in the energy sector globally, with a particular focus on the Americas. Lawyers in the Houston office have deep experience in representing US-based energy clients and international investors in the domestic and global upstream sector, US oil & gas infrastructure, liquefied natural gas, petrochemical and downstream project development, acquisitions and divestitures, and joint ventures. We plan to expand our Houston office in the coming months and years, with at least 15 partners and 50 total lawyers serving clients across multiple practices and industries.

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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.

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Our 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."

Read careers advice and tops from Miami hiring partner Steven Vainder here.

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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.

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.

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Our Silicon Valley office 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.

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Our Washington, DC office 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.

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OCI schedule

Recruiters and associates from our US offices will be visiting the following law schools and job fairs:

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Boston

Boston University

Columbia Law School

Harvard Law School

Chicago office

Columbia Law School

Harvard Law School

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Notre Dame Law School

University of Chicago Law School

University of Michigan Law School

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Houston office

Duke University School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Tulane University School of Law

University of Houston Law Center

University of Texas at Austin School of Law 

University of Virginia School of Law

Los Angeles office

Harvard Law School

Loyola Law School

New York University School of Law

Penn Regional Job Fair

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

University of California, Berkeley School of Law 

University of California, Irvine School of Law 

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law 

University of Chicago Law School

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Miami office

Columbia Law School

Cornell Law School

Duke University School of Law

Harvard Law School

New York University School of Law

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

University of Florida, Fredic G. Levin College of Law

University of Miami School of Law

New York office

Columbia Law School

Cornell Law School

Duke University School of Law

Fordham University School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Harvard Law School

Loyola Patent Job Fair

McGill University Faculty of Law

NEBSLA Job Fair

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Notre Dame Law School

New York University School of Law

University of Michigan Law School

University of Pennsylvania Law School 

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

University of Virginia School of Law

Silicon Valley office

Bay Area Diversity Job Fair

University of California, Berkeley School of Law 

Loyola Patent Job Fair

University of California, Davis School of Law 

University of California, Irvine School of Law 

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Washington, DC office

Columbia Law School

Duke University School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Harvard Law School

Loyola Patent Job Fair

New York University School of Law

University of Chicago Law School

University of Pennsylvania Law School 

University of Virginia School of Law

How to apply

To apply to White & Case, submit your cover letter, résumé and law school transcript through our online application system. We promise to review your application and get back to you in a timely manner.

What we look for

We want to meet highly motivated individuals with excellent academic credentials, significant personal achievements, and a strong commitment to the practice of law in a global and diverse law firm. 

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence of our core competencies, which include excellent judgment, client readiness, tenacity and an entrepreneurial mindset. We see the interview process as a two-way street, and our goal is for you to get as much information as possible about our Firm so that you can make the best decision about where to start your legal career.
 

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Kasey Stein

Kasey Stein
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Boston

Christian Montalvo

Christian Montalvo
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Chicago

Danielle Fine

Danielle Fine
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Houston

Juliette Fernandez

Juliette Fernandez
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Los Angeles

Lorie Ball

Lorie Ball
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Miami

Jackie Chang

Jackie Chang
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New York

Ashley Concini

Ashley Concini
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New York

Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy
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Silicon Valley

Lorie Ball

Lorie Ball
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Washington, DC

Kasey Stein

Kasey Stein
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On the Record with White & Case: Our US careers podcast

 

On the Record with White & Case is our monthly podcast where we discuss life in Big Law. Whether you’re considering a career in Big Law, studying at law school or already one of us, this podcast is where you can get to know our Firm and our people. You can listen to each episode below or listen and subscribe via your favorite podcast apps:

 

Episode one: Our virtual US Summer Program with incoming fall associate Luke Allen

On our first episode, we sit down with Luke Allen, an incoming fall associate in our Houston office. Luke spent his 2L summer at White & Case in Houston and talks about his virtual Summer Associate Program experience. He also provides advice on how to make the most of your summer, whether you are virtual or in-person.

 

 

Episode two: OCI and Interview Preparation with US Hiring Partner Joseph Brazil and Recruiting Manager Grace Seery

In this episode, we discuss all things OCI and interview preparation with US Hiring Partner, Joseph Brazil and Recruiting Manager, Grace Seery.

 

 

Episode three: In conversation with our incoming 2022 fall associates

During this episode, we talk to Efat Elsherif and Samantha Kokonis, incoming 2022 fall associates and proud Canadians! Efat and Samantha provide advice on landing a summer associate position in a Big Law firm and reflect on their own US summer program experience at White & Case.

 

 

Episode four: 1L and 2L summer program experience with incoming 2022 Fall Associate, Mae Espinosa

Meet Mae Espinosa, incoming 2022 fall associate. Mae spent her 1L and 2L summer's in our Miami office and during this episode, gives her first-hand account of her experience with the Firm and also provides some tips for incoming associates.