At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a significant presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., we are recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms. We understand the imperative for innovation, efficiency, and breakthrough performance facing today’s leading companies – and what it takes to help them succeed. From practice achievements and press accolades to diversity recognition, our global awards and rankings reflect our dedication to both superior client service and the development of our 2,500 professionals.
Our Summer Associate Program serves as a cornerstone not just for the recruitment of outstanding associates, but for the future success of our firm. During the program, summer associates in each of our U.S. offices have the opportunity to work on several projects with different lawyers in a variety of practice areas. Summer associates also observeand, when possible, assist in trials, hearings, depositions, and negotiations, and participate in client meetings and closings. At Paul Hastings, we aim to provide you with a realistic view of practicing law and from day one, give you the tools to take ownership of your career.
We are committed to the professional development and career aspirations of our associates. We encourage coaching conversations at the earliest stages of an associate's career and provide development programs to help you navigate your path, whether it leads you to partnership, in-house with a client, or a position in government or other organizations.
As a summer associate, you can expect:
Substantive and challenging work assignments, including Pro Bono matters
Mentoring from partners and associates
Collaborative work environment
Writing skills training
Guidance and detailed feedback on work product
Opportunities to network at various social events
Interactive training workshops including M&A and deposition skills
At our firm, we believe that building diverse teams rich in talent, experiences, and creativity is smart business. We seek students who exemplify the hallmarks of successful Paul Hastings associates: innovative, strong communication skills, achievement drive, interpersonal savvy, client service excellence and ability to be collaborative team members.
Students should be committed to working for a dynamic and entrepreneurial law firm on complex legal matters across practices and offices to help our clients overcome challenges and find innovative solutions to move their business forward. Law students with outstanding academic credentials, superior writing skills, Law Review, Journal, or Moot Court membership are preferred.
The compensation and benefits structure reflects the Firm's long-standing commitment to providing a highly competitive package for its associates.
The Firm offers all new Associates a Bar Study Benefit and Bonus to help defray the cost of studying for and taking the Bar exam. This combined payment is intended to cover Bar-related expenses and also includes an additional "entering year" bonus. Relocation assistance may also be provided to new associates, where necessary.
Dental and Vision Insurance
Retirement Plan (401(k))
Life and Accident Insurance
Home, Auto, Legal, and Pet Insurance
Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
Paid Time Off
Section 529 College Savings Plan
Dependent Care FSA
Back-up Child and Elder Care Program
Employee Assistance Program
Health Advocacy Program
Gym Membership Subsidy
Special discount tickets to local sporting events, amusement parks, movie theaters, and more
Many Other Voluntary Benefits
*The benefits described apply to U.S. offices. Benefits information for offices outside the U.S. can be obtained by contacting the office.
Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
The firm partners with law schools and organizations to provide a wide variety of scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
Diversity Scholarship Award- The Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award, established in 2013, is available to select first or second-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and contributing to the firm’s diversity goals. For more information or to apply for this scholarship award, visit:
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan) - Intern Program - Bocconi Job Fairs afford Paul Hastings the opportunity to interview students and graduates of the Bocconi Law University, promoting career opportunities at the firm and raising awareness of our lawyer's work.
Cornell Law School - Clerkship with the Conseil d’Etat (formerly with the Conseil de Constitutionnel) - Paul Hastings sponsors Cornell Law School’s annual Clerkship, which began with the Conseil de Constitutionnel (French Supreme Court) in 2008, and recently relocated to the Conseil d’ État (French Council of State) where it has remained. The position is held each year by a Cornell graduate distinguished by his or her studies in law and by his or her bilingualism.
Cornell University - Paul Connell ’73 Scholarship -The Paul Connell ’73 Scholarship was established to provide undergraduate financial assistance to College of Arts and Sciences students with demonstrated financial need enrolled at Cornell University.
Fudan University - Paul Hastings acts as counsel to the Fudan Endowment Fund on a pro bono basis.
Handong Global Law School - The firm has contributed to the scholarship fund of Handong Global Law School. Handong is a U.S.-style law school in Korea where a member of the partnership serves on the adjunct faculty.
Harvard Law School - Hastings Memorial Fund - The Robert P. Hastings Memorial Fund was established in recognition of the distinguished career of founding partner, Robert P. Hastings, who attended Harvard Law School. The scholarships are awarded with a preference for students who, after completion of their first year, have demonstrated excellence in their academic achievements. Collectively, the funds produce several partial tuition scholarship awards for students each year. The scholarship was established in 1996 and was completely endowed in 2009.
The University of Hong Kong - Paul Hastings Visiting Professorship - The Paul Hastings Visiting Professorship in Corporate and Financial Law enables the Asia Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) to bring to Hong Kong experts of international stature. The Visiting Professors strengthen the comparative dimensions of AIIFL research and teaching activities and bring valuable knowledge to students and the community.
Oxford University - The Paul Hastings Law Scholarship at Oxford University, first presented in Fall 2011, supports an outstanding and financially-deserving postgraduate law student, with a particular focus on students from diverse backgrounds.
University of Paris Panthèon-Assas - Paul Hastings partners with the Magistère des Juristes d'Affaires of the University of Paris Panthèon-Assas, one of the top five French universities of law and one of the most prestigious programs for business lawyers in France. Partners from our Paris office serve as lecturers in the program and speakers at external conferences sponsored by the Magistère des Juristes d'Affaires. Our Paris office also welcomes students from the Magistère des Juristes d'Affaires as interns each year.
UCLA – Barbra L. Davis Scholarship - This scholarship was established in memory of Barbra Davis’s distinguished career at UCLA School of Law and her many contributions to Paul Hastings and the legal profession. Second-year and/or second-career law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and have expressed an interest in employment law are eligible.
UCLA – Paul Hastings Endowed Chair in Corporate and Securities Law - The Paul Hastings Endowed Chair in Corporate and Securities Law supports the teaching, research, and public service activities of a distinguished legal scholar in the area of corporate and securities law. The endowment also supports faculty recruitment and retention, faculty research, and academic programs at the School of Law.
University of Pennsylvania Law School – Paul Hastings Scholars Program -ThePaul Hastings Law Preview Scholarship, first awarded in 2012, covers the cost of the Law Preview program for five incoming Penn Law School students. Scholars also may be assigned to an attorney mentor. In keeping with our firm's commitment to improving diversity in the legal profession, preference for this scholarship is given to members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession, members of the LGBT community, and/or individuals who are the first in their immediate families (excluding siblings) to attend college.
USC - Robert G. Lane Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship was established in memory of Robert G. Lane, a former Managing Partner who retired from Paul Hastings in 1993 and became General Counsel of USC, his alma mater. The scholarship is administered by USC.
College of Law, Xiamen University – Paul Hastings Scholarships - The Paul Hastings Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and post-graduate law students at Xiamen University. Scholarships are open to four undergraduate students and six postgraduate students. Awards are open to 10 graduate students.
Yale Law School – Public Interest Split Summer Program - The firm sponsors Public Interest Split Summer Associates each year. The program is directed by Yale Law School and is open to all U.S. law students. The firm pays each summer associate in the program for the entire summer while they split with an approved public interest organization.
Berkeley Law School – Paul Hastings Intellectual Property Scholars Program - The Paul Hastings Law Preview IP Scholarship, first awarded in 2013, covers the cost of the Law Preview program for five incoming Berkeley Law students who are interested in the field of Intellectual Property Law. Scholars also may be assigned to an attorney mentor. The Paul Hastings Intellectual Property Scholars program is among several firm initiatives designed to increase the number of patent agents, trademark/trade secret specialists, engineers, scientists and doctors who wish to pursue a career as intellectual property law practitioners.
Our Former Clerks
Paul Hastings highly values the clerkship experience. We actively recruit judicial clerks to join the firm as new associates and we strongly encourage our summer associates to consider applying for judicial clerkships before joining the firm as full-time associates.
Many of our lawyers have served as judicial clerks in a wide range of federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and several state appellate courts.
In recognition of a judicial clerk's experience, Paul Hastings provides a market competitive bonus for U.S. Federal and State Supreme Court-based clerkships. Paul Hastings also offers class year credit on a case-by-case basis to those who join immediately upon completion of their clerkships. Judicial clerks may also be eligible to receive a Bar Study Benefit and Bonus to help defray the cost of studying for and taking the bar exam.
At Paul Hastings, we are dedicated to the development and growth of our lawyers, and we are committed to providing the resources necessary for success. Our efforts are guided by our Talent Development department, which continues to enhance our extensive training and career development programs for our lawyers.
By choosing Paul Hastings, you will be working alongside some of the world’s top legal professionals. We are a respected global leader and provide a wide range of professional development services including legal training, integration opportunities, career development, and performance management.
Our Talent Development department works with the firm’s practice area leaders to provide over 950 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited training programs on a wide variety of basic and complex legal topics.
Talent Development Office Visits - Firm management regularly meets with associates across the firm. These informal, face-to-face visits provide more meaningful communications between associates and management.
PH DNA (Paul Hastings Developing New Associates) - This program introduces first-year associates to the firm by communicating the firm’s vision and strategic direction, outlining department-specific goals and structures, increasing associate skills in delivering excellent legal services, and establishing professional relationships across offices and departments.
Mid-level Retreat - This program for fourth-year associates focuses on communicating firm and department business strategies and linking those strategies to associate development and advancement. It is designed to provide associates with a greater understanding of the paths to partnership and alternative career options, individual career development plans, and how to distinguish themselves. The program also provides fourth-year associates with opportunities to meet their career goals.
Associate Business Development Program - This multi-faceted, interactive program is designed to improve mid-level and senior associates' skills in developing and managing new and existing client relationships. It includes a full day of substantive training, coaching group meetings lead by a partner, a learning assignment, and the creation of an individual business development plan.
Academies - These global, year-long training programs offer in-depth learning on core practice-specific concepts and processes. Academies are available in all our practice areas for associates and partners, as well as clients.
Legal Off-site Training Programs - Some examples of our legal off-site training programs include the Deposition Skills, Law & Motion, and Trial Advocacy programs for Employment Law and Litigation associates. Additionally, the Europe Associate Retreat and the Asia Lawyers’ Retreat provide both general and legal substantive training to associates in these regions.
New and Lateral Partner Integration Program - Lateral partners are supported through a global platform to ensure a smooth transition, streamline communications, provide leadership opportunities, and optimize partner networks.
Career Coaching Services - Our career development services include assessing your skills, helping you to draft a personal career development plan, assisting you in seeking additional opportunities for growth and mentorship, and guiding you in the development of a networking strategy.
In-house Counsel Job Opportunities - We offer an online system that serves as a clearinghouse for in-house counsel and other legal positions, and allows associates to confidentially search potential opportunities.
We continually enhance and improve the performance management process for our lawyers. Associates are given valuable performance feedback aligned with individual professional development goals not only during the annual review period, but frequently throughout the year.
At Paul Hastings, we are committed to the professional development and career aspirations of our associates. We hire great people and provide them with opportunities to broaden their skills from day one. That’s why we encourage career coaching conversations at the earliest stages of an associate’s career. We provide development programs to help you navigate your path, whether it leads you to partnership, in-house with a client, a position in government, or other organizations.
WHAT MAKES PAUL HASTINGS UNIQUE
Increased responsibility and opportunities to make an impact at summer associate and
junior associate levels
Great training & hands on experience
Transparency --Our Chairman and Managing Partners tour the offices each year to meet with associates and share firm strategy, financial performance and vision for the
Diversity and women’s initiatives
Deep commitment to, and broad participation in, pro bono legal service
Consistent associate satisfaction with:
Access to partners
Substantive client work assignments
Meaningful coaching & development programs
Clear expectations about career & development
Inclusive and collaborative work environment
PH Developing New Associates (PH DNA) – a 15-month comprehensive learning and
development experience for first year associates
Mid-level Associate Symposium
CAMPUS RECRUITING - FAQS
Paul Hastings recruits at various law schools and job fairs throughout the U.S. Please see our
We seek students who exemplify the hallmarks of our successful associates: Innovative, strong communication skills, achievement drive, interpersonal savvy, dedication to client service excellence, and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Students should be committed to work for a dynamic and entrepreneurial law firm on sophisticated complex legal matters collaboratively across practices and offices to help our clients overcome challenges and move their business forward. Candidates must have outstanding interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and a record of excellent academic achievement. Law Review, journal, and/or moot court membership is preferred. We are strongly committed to equal employment opportunities and encourage all individuals who believe they have the attributes we seek to pursue employment opportunities with the firm.
Paul Hastings recruits as one law firm at law schools and job fairs; however, candidates may express interest in additional geographic areas or offices. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their interest in these geographic areas or offices during their interview.
Students who do not get an interview slot with the firm should visit our hospitality suite on the interview date and leave application materials with the Talent Acquisition staff. If time permits, our interviewers may be able to add additional students to the schedule or be able to chat briefly. Students may contact the Talent Acquisition staff prior to the interview date to inquire if there are any available interview times or if alternative arrangements may be made.
If you have been selected for a callback interview, you will receive a phone call shortly after your on-campus interview. You will also receive an invitation via email with a link to schedule your callback interview with the office directly.
A typical callback interview consists of meeting with a variety of attorneys. The morning interviews may include a lunch with attorneys. Candidates should plan to spend approximately three to four hours at the firm.
Yes, the firm will reimburse reasonable travel-related expenses for callback interviews for out-of-town candidates. Reasonable expenses include round-trip coach airfare, hotel room and tax, and a meal allowance. The firm does not reimburse for expenses related to rental cars or other incidentals. Please contact the local Talent Acquisition staff for information on how to make your travel arrangements.
LONDON RECRUITING - TRAINING CONTRACTS
WHAT DO WE OFFER OUR TRAINEES?
Our position as a leading international firm is built on our ability to understand, manage and complete transactions by drawing upon resources of our globally integrated practice areas. Our state-of-art telecommunications infrastructure links each of the Paul Hastings offices to the others and to our clients, facilitating the coordination of our transaction teams around the world.
We will provide you with a first class training and development programme, combining on-the-job training and various professional courses. We will monitor your progress on a formal and informal basis to ensure you receive ongoing training and have the opportunity to give feedback on the programme itself and on those areas that you consider are of most interest to you.
Our trainee solicitors will spend time in four seats, including finance, capital markets, corporate, real estate, employment, litigation, real estate, restructuring and tax. We recruit both law and non-law graduates.
Our firm offers a mentoring programme where an associate offers guidance to trainee solicitors through mentoring sessions and daily supervision. Mentors will seek to enrich and accelerate your professional growth by providing information about practices, as well as offering the personal guidance you will need to deal effectively with other lawyers and staff.
We offer a competitive salary whilst training, subsidised gym membership, medical insurance, life assurance and 25 working days’ holiday.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
There is no such thing as a "typical" Paul Hastings lawyer. We seek individuals with a wide variety of skills, who combine intellectual ability with enthusiasm, creativity and a demonstrable ability to thrive in a challenging environment. In addition, we expect you to show initiative and a willingness to make a positive contribution to the firm as a whole. People never thrive as individuals at Paul Hastings, only when they advance the common interest. When filling in the application form you should seek to demonstrate that you possess those qualities.
We are looking for individuals with distinguished academic credentials. We expect candidates to have high level of achievement both at A Level (or equivalent) and degree level. This would normally mean an upper second or first class degree and a majority of A grades at A Level.
The exceptional depth and breadth of our practice means that we need to recruit those who can think clearly, identify the key aspects of a problem and apply sound commercial judgement and lateral thought. You will need to show that you can explain complex concepts in understandable terms, analyse the position and interpret the reaction of parties in complicated situations, anticipate risk and offer commercial solutions. We look for people who can see alternative ways of approaching and solving problems and who can identify key issues.
The career path you have chosen is demanding, but rewarding. It will be intellectually challenging and make multiple demands on you. We therefore need to select individuals who possess the desire and drive to succeed in all circumstances and who can focus and deliver first-rate solutions even when under pressure.
We encourage innovation and are therefore looking for bright and engaging individuals who make a valuable contribution from day one. To achieve this you will need to enjoy dealing with new ideas and be able to adapt to new challenges. We are not just looking for talented legal minds – we need people who can appreciate the detail whilst not losing sight of the bigger picture.
We are a close-knit yet diverse office in London. Teamwork is paramount to our success. You will need to demonstrate that you have excellent communication skills and can interact with a broad range of colleagues and clients.
Our lawyers execute complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. It is essential to keep up with legal developments and understand our clients' businesses. You need to be able to manage, prioritise and not lose your cool when others might lose their's.
Commercial sense and understanding usually develops with time and experience. However, we would expect you to demonstrate that you have the aptitude and potential to develop and apply business acumen as a lawyer.
WHEN TO APPLY
The application deadline for 2023 Training Contracts is 31 July 2021. All applications will be reviewed after this date (not before).
HOW TO APPLY
Click below to apply for our September 2023 Training Contract positions.
We will contact you by email to confirm receipt of your application. Please note that after this confirmation, we will only contact candidates who are invited to interview. Interviews for the September 2023 intake will take place during August and September 2021.
HONG KONG RECRUITING - INTERNSHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS
WHAT MAKES PAUL HASTINGS UNIQUE
Increased responsibility at Trainees/junior associate levels
Opportunity to make an impact
Intensive training and hands-on experience
Collaborative practice and team culture
Our chairman and managing partners visit the Hong Kong office each year to meet with trainees/associates and share firm strategy, financial performance, and our vision for the future
We are committed to the professional development and advancement of our summer/winter interns. Our summer/winter internship program offers challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities to help you launch your career.
Our interns are given the opportunities to:
conduct legal and case research
participate in social events that the ﬁrm organizes
To apply for an internship, please send your cover letter, CV, and academic transcript(s) to
Winter Vacation 2020 : 28 September 2019
Summer Vacation 2020: 31 January 2020
At Paul Hastings, it’s smart business to build diverse teams rich in talent, experiences, and creativity. Our Traineeship serves as a cornerstone for the recruitment of outstanding associates and the future success of our firm.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Exceptional talent leads to extraordinary results – this is the driving narrative in our firm’s history, and it will continue to remain the key factor in our future success. As such, we seek students with competencies that are the hallmarks of successful associates at Paul Hastings:
Academic excellence (at least a solid 2:1 or equivalent in law)
Crucial communication skills (a high proficiency in English and good Chinese skills are essential)
Interpersonal savvy (ability to communicate and interact in a confident, open, and effective manner)
Strong common sense and business acumen
Ability to work effectively as a team member
Dedication to client service excellence
To apply for a traineeship, please send your cover letter, CV, and academic transcript(s) to
Winter Vacation 2020 : 28 September 2019
Summer Vacation 2020: 31 January 2020
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