Summer Experience 


We offer an innovative work experience for second-year law students and select first-year students through our Diversity Fellowship and Intellectual Property Fellowship programs across our US offices in major markets. Our summer experience combines challenging, hands-on work with Morgan Lewis clients with targeted professional development, training, and engaging social activities that provide opportunities to build relationships at the firm. 

The Summer Program begins with an in-person kickoff event where firm leaders and all summer associates come together for a multiday orientation and training program. We pride ourselves on being committed to learning and development and that begins on day one of your career with us. We have hosted the Summer Program Kickoff in many places, from the beaches of Santa Monica to downtown Brooklyn, to the windy city of Chicago and historic Boston. Wherever we gather, the goal remains the same: to introduce our summer associates to our firm, our unique culture, and our enthusiasm for working together.

We continue to offer an innovative, immersive summer experience each day you are with us. We combine challenging client work, targeted professional development and engaging social activities so that our summer associates have opportunities to meaningfully interact with our lawyers and with one another. Summer associates are engaged in real-life work experience and pro bono matters, working with attorneys on assignments that include but are not but limited to shadowing, drafting, and researching interesting client matters across our practice areas. Along with actual work assignments, summer associates participate in numerous trainings and skills workshops that further show our commitment to providing our summer associates with career development opportunities. Students are also provided with caring associate and partner mentors who offer guidance throughout the 10-week program. Lastly, summer associates are given the experience to bond with each other and our colleagues at exciting social events. Past events included Ed Sheeran and Drake concerts, cooking glasses, major league baseball games, a magic show, bowling, darts and more!

According to one survey, summer associates across the firm were exceptionally pleased with the summer program, citing the firm’s kind and supportive office culture, worthwhile, and challenging work, and our strong focus on mentorship and pro bono efforts. Hear what our former summer associates had to say:

“The Summer Program Kickoff’s central and most memorable component is its people. Oddly enough, one of my favorite moments from our time in Chicago was getting caught in a downpour while on the architecture boat tour. There was a dash to the stairs for cover below, but once everybody was situated, the mood was as upbeat and jovial as ever.”

From participating in an invigorating Asylum Law & Affidavit Writing Challenge, to sitting in on an engaging expert witness interview, Morgan Lewis has certainly delivered on the promise of a robust and impressive summer experience. I am certain that Morgan Lewis was the best decision for me!”

“My summer experience was engaging, challenging, and fun! Everyone at the firm—from associates, to partners, to professional staff—was welcoming and accessible.”

“I have felt supported by everybody I’ve worked with and feel a great balance of interesting work, helpful mentorship, and fun activities to do with my fellow summer associates! I’m especially glad that the firm has emphasized to us the importance of pro bono work. Being involved in asylum work and Project Citizenship has been a real highlight for me, and I hope to be immersed in that throughout my legal career.”

“I am 100% convinced Morgan Lewis is the best place to be a summer associate. I was looking for a firm that prioritized a healthy culture and supportive and friendly community, and I’ve found that here 10 times over.”

To learn more about Morgan Lewis, take a look at what the people of Morgan Lewis say about our culture. While we celebrate the qualities that make us unique, there is one thing that unites us all: We Are Morgan Lewis.