Summer Associate Program

Among the many law firms top law students can choose from, Kirkland is unique in the emphasis we place on training and development of lawyers. As a summer associate, you’re given substantive work experience and formal training, providing a realistic glimpse into your future as an attorney.


My advice for new summers is to take advantage of the opportunity to work on substantively difficult assignments. You will get guidance along the way from experts in the field. - Gaby Kornblau, Associate

Hands-On Experience

Kirkland's open assignment system exemplifies our emphasis on individual initiative. Our summer program provides realistic exposure to our practice. Summer associates have the freedom to select their work assignments as they would when they join the Firm as an associate. We invite summer associates to attend trials, hearings, depositions, closings, and client calls and meetings, and they also participate in a special edition of Kirkland's trial advocacy program and corporate training program.