We hire great people and provide them with opportunities to develop, challenge and broaden their skills while bringing innovative solutions to our clients.  Paul Hastings is recognized as a best place to work where the work you do makes a difference.

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 to help you launch your career.


As a summer associate, you will receive a variety of substantive and challenging work assignments 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.

Work product from each assignment is evaluated by the supervising attorney.  The Recruiting Chair, Department Chairs, Summer Chair, and/or Talent Acquisition staff monitor the overall progress of the summer associates and further review the evaluations.  The assigning attorney on the project provides verbal feedback to the summer associate after completion of the project.  We also encourage summer associates to proactively seek feedback from the attorneys they are working with.  There is a formal mid-summer evaluation and offers for full-time employment are communicated after the conclusion of the summer program.


We provide our summer associates with interactive training through workshops, seminars, classes, presentations, practice area overviews, and general professional development programs.

We recognize that training is a critical component in every attorney’s professional development. Our goal 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 or in some offices a mentor team who help with the transition into the office and serves as a valuable resource to the summer associate providing useful advice when work challenges and questions arise.  Matches are generally based on practice group interest.


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, joint office training, dinner parties, community service activities, concerts, and/or 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 a diverse team
  • Exposure to the Firm’s practice areas
  • Superb writing-skills training and feedback through our firmwide 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