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Best Summer Associate Programs

Junior lawyers look back on their experiences as summer associates to rate the summer program on attorney interactions, career development, and social experiences. Vault's 2021 Rankings are derived from Vault's Annual Associate Survey conducted between late January 2020 through early April 2020.
Survey Methodology

Vault asked junior associates who participated in their current firm’s summer associate program to rate their experiences on a scale of 1 to 10 in six different areas. From those ratings, we ranked the best summer associate programs in three categories: Attorney Interactions (based on associates’ scores for meaningful interactions with firm attorneys); Career Development (giving equal weight to associates’ scores for substantive assignments, training and mentoring, and effective preparation for life as an associate); and Social Experiences (giving equal weight to associates’ scores for the quality of events and satisfaction with firm-sponsored social opportunities and social interactions). The Overall Best Summer Associate Program ranking reflects the average of all six individual ratings (attorney interactions, substantive assignments, training & mentoring, preparation for associate life, quality of events, and satisfaction with firm-sponsored social opportunities and social interactions).

Vault's 2021 Rankings are derived from Vault's Annual Associate Survey conducted between late January 2020 through early April 2020.

2021 Best Summer Programs for Career Development

#1
SCORE 9.768
2020 Rank 1
#2
SCORE 9.441
2020 Rank 4
#3
SCORE 9.397
2020 Rank 2
#4
SCORE 9.354
2020 Rank 7
#5
SCORE 9.327
2020 Not Ranked
#6
SCORE 9.244
2020 Rank 9
#7
SCORE 9.188
2020 Not Ranked
#8
SCORE 9.183
2020 Not Ranked
#9
SCORE 9.159
2020 Not Ranked
#10
SCORE 9.147
2020 Rank 22
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