When you choose to begin your career with Paul Hastings, you choose to build the strong foundation upon which a successful career is based.

We are committed to the professional development and advancement of our summer associates. Our summer associate program offers challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities that will help you launch your career.

Work Assignments

As a summer associate, you will receive a variety of substantive and challenging work assignments from different practice areas, including pro bono matters. In addition, you will receive spectator assignments, which may include attendance at trials, hearings, depositions, negotiations, arbitrations, client conferences, closings, and other client-related activities. Often, spectator assignments will be integrated with a research and writing assignment.


We provide our summer associates with interactive training through workshops, seminars, classes, presentations, formal introductions to our various practice areas, and general professional development programs.

We recognize that training is a critical component in every attorney’s professional development. The common goal of all our training efforts is to provide our attorneys and summer associates with the substantive knowledge, skills, and resources they need to achieve legal excellence.


Summer associates are assigned a paired associate who helps with the transition into the office and serves as a valuable resource to the summer associate. Paired associate matches are generally based on practice group interest.

Paired associates will often call the summer associate before the commencement of the summer program to extend a welcome and to answer questions. A paired associate can become a friend and counselor to the summer associate, to be there as a first point of contact and as someone who will give useful advice when work challenges and questions arise. Summer associates may also be assigned a partner mentor or mentor team.

Social Events

Meeting and getting to know our attorneys is one of the most important components of the summer experience. Our attorneys are the foundation of the firm. They come from diverse backgrounds, each contributing to the firms' success. A variety of social events are planned to facilitate attorney interaction on an informal basis – events such as a summer kick-off party, family-inclusive events, joint office training, dinner parties, pro bono activities, concerts, and sporting events. These events provide excellent opportunities to meet more of our lawyers and for us to get to know you. They also help you learn more about the city in which you are summering.


  • Substantive and challenging work and spectator assignments
  • Training, guidance, and feedback on your work
  • A collaborative work environment with open doors
  • Exposure to the firm’s practice areas
  • Superb writing-skills training through our firm-wide writing program
  • Opportunities to interact with our attorneys at various social events
  • Open doors and the opportunity to ask questions
  • Excellent support staff and services