Your application

What we look for

We want to get to know you as an individual, and really understand what you can bring to our firm. So throughout our recruitment process we’ll be looking at your level of commercial awareness, as well as your communication skills, drive, and motivation. Of course, we’ll also be deeply interested in your intellect, your ability to work well with others, and your attention to detail.

How to apply

We begin accepting applications for our U.S. Summer Associate Program in early June. The application period typically runs through mid-September. You can apply online here.

As part of your application, you’ll need to provide a cover letter, resume and a copy of your law school transcript.

For any other enquiries, please contact our Recruitment Department in New York. But please do not email your application to this address. Applications are only accepted through our online portal.

Who is eligible

The U.S. Summer Associate Program is open to second-year U.S. law students. Hiring for the global program is centralized out of our New York office; whichever office you want to join, you should submit your application via our online portal.

Please note: If you’re pursuing a U.S. LL.M. degree or law degree in a jurisdiction outside the U.S., you are not eligible to participate in this program. However, we offer a range of opportunities elsewhere. To find your ideal role, please click here and select the office in your home jurisdiction.

Come and find us

We currently interview for our global U.S. Summer Associate Program at the following schools and job fairs:

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • NLGBT Bar Association's Annual Career Fair
  • Northeast BLSA Job Fair
  • New York University School of Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Virginia School of Law

If your school isn’t listed here, you can submit your cover letter, resume and law school transcript via the link to our online application portal.


How is the Summer Associate interview process structured?

Initially, you will interview with one of our attorneys on campus. If this goes well, we’ll invite you for a second interview with four attorneys and one of our recruitment professionals. Typically, this will be in our New York office. Your interview schedule will be planned with your practice and office interests in mind, ensuring that you get to meet a mix of senior and junior lawyers.

You should hear back from us within a few days of attending your callback interview. If you receive an offer to join the U.S. Summer Associate Program, we’ll encourage you to come back to the office to meet with more of our attorneys. We’ll also put you in contact with our former summer associates at your law school. Plus, we’ll coordinate any conversations you want to have with attorneys in offices outside the U.S., to answer any additional questions.

How long is the U.S. Summer Associate Program?

The program is 10 weeks long in total, and runs from mid-May through the end of July.

Do you assist with work permits for overseas placements?

Yes, we organize work permits/visas where required for anyone we hire.

How will I find overseas housing?

We locate housing for summer associates joining us abroad. While we do not find housing for our summer associates in New York and Washington, D.C., we can provide various resources to assist you with your housing search.

How many summer associates return after graduation?

100% of our 2013 and 2014 summer associates, 90% of our 2015 class, and 93% of our 2016 class accepted their offers to return to the firm as new lawyers after graduation or a judicial clerkship.

Do you offer any other internship programs in your U.S. offices?

We do not offer internship programs for law students other than our U.S. Summer Associate Program. However, we do partner with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) to provide internships in our New York office for underrepresented students of color who have been accepted to law school.

Are law students outside the U.S. or U.S. LL.M. students eligible to apply?

Only students who are currently pursuing a J.D. degree in the United States are eligible to participate in the U.S. Summer Associate Program.

Can I work overseas as an associate?

Our U.S. lawyers enjoy many opportunities to work overseas, according to the needs of the business. Likewise, our first-year lawyers also have the opportunity start their career in one of our overseas offices. In recent years, new graduates have joined us in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong (including our Korea practice), Singapore and Paris.

Mobility is very much a part of life at Linklaters, across all offices and practice areas. Even if you start in New York and wish to be based there for the duration of your career, we might ask you to complete a brief secondment elsewhere, should the need arise. For example, in recent years, several of our litigation associates have spent time in London and Frankfurt, working on document reviews for high-profile matters.

What is your Equal Employment Opportunity policy?

We are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. It includes but is not limited to: hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, benefits, compensation, and training.