The Summer Experience at Weil’s Boston Office

Published: Apr 13, 2024

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BOSTON – Weil’s Summer Program is a truly exceptional experience. Boston summers spend 10 weeks working directly with partners, counsel and associates in the Firm’s market-leading private equity or employment practices, gaining substantive work experience from their first week. By the end of the program, summers will have worked with a variety of partners, counsel and associates, on numerous substantive assignments, ensuring that they get an accurate representation of what Weil Boston has to offer.


How the application process works:

Applications for Weil’s summer program open on March 11. Students are invited to interview – through direct application or following “OCI” – and typically speak with four Weil attorneys, either in-person or via Zoom. Our Hiring Committee makes offer decisions as efficiently and thoughtfully as possible and applicants typically hear back promptly.

Q&A with Ramona Nee, Co-Head of Weil's U.S. Private Equity practice and Managing Partner of the Boston office

Your first week at Weil: 

On the first day of the program, our team hosts an office-wide “welcome breakfast” for you and your fellow Boston summers.  You will be assigned an office as well as associate and partner/counsel mentors with whom you will connect later in the week and throughout the summer at mentor-specific events. By forming a network of people to support you, Weil ensures that all summers have the best possible experience and quickly become part of the Weil Family.  

Over the following days, you will receive training on computer skills, library access, and research tools like Lexis and Westlaw, ensuring you have the support you need to succeed here at Weil. Boston summers also receive practice-specific trainings as well as “best practices” seminars on how to collaborate with paralegals and attorney support assistants, among other topics.

At the beginning of each week, the staffing partner will gauge your capacity for new projects. They will invite you to calls, take you to court, staff you on deals, and/or loop you in on exciting pro bono matters, ensuring you gain substantive experience and learn what it means to be a Weil lawyer who is partnering with top clients on cutting-edge matters.

Boston program trajectory:
Weil has no shortage of exceptional matters for you to work on. Boston summers will be staffed on several substantive client and pro bono matters by the end of the summer, and those working with the private equity team will gain experience with both seller-side and buyer-side transactions. After ten weeks, you will have a strong sense of what your selected practice entails.

A typical day in the life:
After settling into the program, you will hit the cadence of what it means to be a Weil summer associate.

Your morning may start with an email from your staffing partner alerting you of an assignment.

You stop by a partner’s office to hear about the matter, and ask some questions. While working on the project, you reach out to an associate on the deal for clarification and further background documents or precedent. At Weil, our team members understand the learning curve of the summer program and are always willing to help. In fact, our attorneys love the chance to teach and get to know the summer associate class every year.

After finishing the project, you head out to lunch with Weil partners and associates in nearby Seaport. On your return, you run into a third-year associate, with whom you previously worked. They suggest grabbing coffee to hear about your summer and talk about their own experience at Weil, a great informal mentoring opportunity.

“I appreciate how generous Weil associates are with their offers to meet up… I don’t like buzzwords, but warm and collegial are two words that really do describe the relationships people have with one another here, and it instantly rubs off on you.” – A former Weil summer associate

Once the work day concludes, you gear up for an event that evening: a team dinner, department activity or Red Sox game with other summers; hallmarks of the summer experience and a great way to bond with your class and Weil attorneys alike!

“The events, both substantive and social, have exceeded the expectations set forth by my legal network.” – A former Weil summer associate

Why Weil:
Weil’s summer program strikes a unique balance of substantive work experience and exciting social networking opportunities. Our summers have an excellent time, but they also work hard and are treated like full members of the team.  With this approach, summers get a clear picture of what it means to be a Weil lawyer.

If you want to be challenged with market-leading work, make meaningful individual contributions and launch your career, Weil’s Boston summer program is the place for you.

We’re eager to connect with you:
For more information, please visit Weil’s careers page or the Firm’s Vault profile.

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