Summer programs 2020

Firms have modified, delayed, or canceled their summer programs because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will update this page as we receive more confirmations.

Summer programs - running virtually

  • Akin Gump
  • Axinn – the program will run for at least six weeks with the possibility of extending depending on circumstances.
  • Baker Botts – start date deferred until June 15.
  • Clifford Chance – start date deferred.
  • Cooley – the program will begin virtually, with the hope of shifting to an in-person program after two weeks if restrictions allow. Program deferred until the end of June and shortened from ten weeks to six.
  • Finnegan – the five-week program will be a combination of virtual and in-office working.
  • Foley & Lardner – start date deferred to June 15; program will run for six weeks instead of ten.
  • Haynes and Boonestart date deferred until June 22; program will run for six weeks instead of nine.
  • Jackson Walker – intends to host an in-person program but planning for all or a portion of the program to be virtual if necessary. Start date deferred until June 15; program will run for six weeks instead of nine.
  • McDermott – summers can partake in an optional two-week “virtual boot camp.” Start date deferred until July 13; program will run until July 24. The firm offered summer associates a $20,000 stipend on or around June 1.
  • Milbank – program will begin remotely, with in-person portions circumstance dependent. Start date deferred until June 8; program will run until August 14.
  • Reed Smith – intends to host an in-person program but preparing a remote program if necessary. Start date until end of June; program shortened to five weeks.
  • White & Case
  • Wiley – planning for in-person program, but will commence virtually for as long as appropriate. Start date deferred until June 15; program shortened to eight weeks. The firm is providing summer associates with a stipend.


Summer program – going ahead with changes

  • DLA Piper –program will run for five weeks instead of ten; no plans for virtual program.
  • Greenberg Glusker – start date deferred until July 6; program will run for six weeks instead of ten.
  • Latham & Watkins – start date deferred until after May. The firms intends to honor its financial commitment made to summer associates and 1L fellows.
  • Nelson Mullins – start date deferred; program shortened to five weeks.


Summer programs – canceled

  • Ashurst – the firm is offering summer associates a one-time stipend, acknowledging it is “not a replacement for the program.”
  • Cahill Gordon – the summer associate class will be paid in full and all are receiving offers of full-time employment from the firm to begin after graduation in 2021.
  • Greenberg Traurig – all 2L summer associates will be made offers of full-time employment with flexible start dates of either September 2021 or January 2022; they will also be given a $10,000 advance against their starting salary as a first-year associate. All 1L summer associates will be invited to join the firm’s 2021 summer program; they will also receive a $5,000 advance against their summer 2021 salary. As the firm’s offices reopen, some would-be summer associates will get the chance to work as hourly interns throughout the year.


Summer programs 2021

Most law schools have shifted their OCIs to Winter 2021 and each law school is working out protocol.

  • Chicago – postponed, new date TBC
  • Columbia – January, 2021
  • Harvard – January, 2021
  • Duke – January, 2021
  • Georgetown – February, 2021
  • George Washington – Spring, 2021
  • Penn State – early 2021
  • Stanford – postponed, new date TBC
  • Rutgers – January/February, 2021
  • Yale – postponed, new date TBC