Our New York office is the firm’s largest, with a comprehensive range of corporate, litigation and tax practice areas. Our strong presence in this global financial center has been cultivated over decades, and the firm and its lawyers are ingrained in the city’s major business sectors and financial markets.
Summer Associates in New York are paid an annualized salary of $225,000, prorated for the number of weeks worked.
Our Washington DC office’s key practices – white collar government investigations, financial institutions (focusing on trading and markets and bank regulatory advice), antitrust and competition, and national security – are active in areas as diverse as government investigations, the regulatory and enforcement aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and the impact and implementation of financial regulations and reforms.
Summer Associates in Washington DC are paid an annualized salary of $225,000, prorated for the number of weeks worked.
Our Northern California office reflects the firm’s traditional strengths in advisory and transactional practices (including capital markets and M&A) as well as litigation (including both commercial and IP litigation). We serve clients nationwide and around the globe, with a special focus on the West Coast and the distinct needs of technology and life sciences companies. Our office is located in Menlo Park and we have a large workspace in central San Francisco for lawyers who prefer to work in the city.
Summer Associates in Northern California are paid an annualized salary of $225,000, prorated for the number of weeks worked.
How are assignments distributed during the summer program?
Work assignments are made through the full-time summer coordinators (in litigation and corporate) who take leave from their regular practice to plan and run the summer program. There is no rigid assignment or rotation system for summer associates. The summer coordinators work to provide summer associates with assignments in their principal areas of interest.
How much partner contact is there? Are partners accessible?
All summer associates will work with partners, and the firm’s “open-door” policy encourages frequent interaction among all lawyers. In addition, each summer associate is assigned a partner mentor. The mentor gives the summer associate his or her mid-summer and end-of-summer reviews, often works with the summer associate, and checks in with the summer associate on a regular basis. There are also many social opportunities to meet partners, including a formal welcome dinner for partners and U.S.-based summer associates.
What type of work is given to summer associates?
We give summer associates work that would be appropriate for first- and second-year associates, including legal research, drafting legal memoranda, court papers and corporate documents, performing due diligence and participating in many other aspects of corporate transactions and litigation matters.
How does the review/evaluation process work?
Summer associates receive regular feedback from lawyers with whom they work. In addition, two formal evaluations are given by a partner during the summer – a mid-summer review and a final review.
Can I do a rotation at one of Davis Polk's overseas offices during the summer?
Summer associates may request a rotation to our London, São Paulo, Madrid, Hong Kong, Beijing or Tokyo offices. Selections are made in the spring and are based on the needs of these offices, a summer associate’s long-term interest in working in the selected office as a full-time associate, and necessary or helpful language skills. Summer associates who are selected for an overseas rotation are required to work at the firm for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer. Summer associates are assigned to an overseas office for four weeks; many others work or travel domestically.
What happens if you receive a clerkship?
Summer associates who decide to clerk following graduation and who receive an offer from the firm may defer their offer until they complete their clerkship. Class credit is given for up to two years for clerkships at the U.S. federal or state court or Canadian court level. Upon arrival at the firm, eligible clerks receive a bonus of $50,000 for a one-year clerkship and $70,000 for a two-year clerkship or two one-year clerkships.
What is the policy on splitting the summer?
New York summer associates interested in splitting their summer are required to start at Davis Polk and work at the firm for the first eight weeks of the program. They may then split their summer with another law firm outside of New York City or work within New York City at a government, nonprofit or financial institution. These same policies apply to our Washington DC and Northern California summer programs, and those summer associates may only split with another firm outside of those respective markets after first working eight weeks at Davis Polk.