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Winston & Strawn has a workplace that is professional, team-oriented, and civic-minded where diverse talents and skills are highly valued.

We invite you to visit our Careers @ Winston blog and explore the rewarding opportunities and work-life resources we offer to Law Students, Experienced Attorneys, Judicial Clerks, and Support Staff.

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Law Students

Why Choose Winston?

Why Choose Winston?

At Winston & Strawn, you will be a trusted colleague, encouraged to innovate and collaborate. This is a chance to join world-class talent, doing complex work for sophisticated clients.

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom, New York, Hiring Committee Co-Chair
“Winston provides an unparalleled opportunity to work in a collegial environment alongside practitioners of the highest caliber whom you will be proud to call your colleagues and friends.”

Winston’s summer experience is professionally challenging and personally enjoyable. If you choose Winston, you’ll gain exposure to a wide range of Practice and Industry Areas through hands-on training and real work assignments. You’ll also attend a variety of social events to get to know Winston’s attorneys in a relaxed setting while learning more about the city where you’re spending your summer.

Results of recent legal industry surveys underscore the satisfaction of law students and new lawyers who chose to join Winston:

The 2018 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms ranked Winston No. 15 for Best Summer Associate Program. The Vault Law Blog recently featured Summer Associate Tips for Success from Winston’s Hiring Committee Co-Chairs Suzanne Jaffe Bloom and Bill O’Neil.

Many Winston attorneys who started out in our Summer Program have continued to be involved in summer associate programming and training as associates and partners at the firm. 

John Schreiber, Los Angeles, Litigation Partner
“As a Summer Program Chair, I tell law students to take the opportunity to get to know and work with as many attorneys as you can. Ask questions—we love to talk about ourselves and our practices. Pay attention to detail in your assignments, but don’t stress. Be yourself. And have a go-to karaoke song at the ready.”

Jasmine Fannell, Chicago, Labor & Employment Associate
“As a Summer Program Advisor, I tell law students to keep an open mind about choosing a practice area. By seeking out assignments from different practices, you can gain exposure to an area of law you had not previously considered but may end up really enjoying.”

Please see our Chambers AssociateInside View” profile to learn more about working at Winston. In Chambers’ first-ever Associate Satisfaction Surveys, Winston ranked No. 10 in the Benefits & Lifestyle category.

View this brief video in which Hiring Committee Co-Chair Bill O’Neil explains Winston’s unique approach to recruiting law students.

Need To Know

Need to Know

What is the best thing about working at Winston?
Erika Berman, Washington, D.C., Litigation Associate
“What struck me about Winston from the first minute of my screening interview was how friendly and personable the people are here.”

Visit the People at Winston page to learn more about the diverse personalities and strengths of our people, who are the foundation of our firm.

How do I apply for Winston’s Summer Associate Program?
We begin accepting resumes from 2L students in early July, and our interviewing process typically concludes in late September. First-year law students are encouraged to check our website after December to determine which of our offices are accepting applications from 1Ls. Visit our On Campus Interviews page for more information.

Can I apply if I don’t attend an OCI school?
You may submit your resume via our online application system after July 1 if we do not interview on your campus or you are unable to secure an on-campus interview.  

How does Winston’s callback interview process work?
We contact callback candidates shortly after their on-campus interview. Callback interviews generally take two to four hours, during which candidates meet with several of our attorneys from different practice groups. Some of our offices also offer an Evening Interview Program, which is communicated through the callback invitation.

What should I bring to my callback interview?
Callback candidates should bring copies of their resume and transcript. Writing samples and references are not required.

What expenses does Winston reimburse?
We reimburse all reasonable travel, meal, and hotel expenses for callback interviews. Guidelines are provided during the scheduling process. Winston has an in-house travel department that can assist with these arrangements.

Does Winston allow split summers?
We strongly encourage summer associates to select one Winston office to take full advantage of all planned activities. The exceptions are our Dallas and Houston office programs, which are structured to accommodate split summer requests. Visit our North America Summer Associate Program page for more details.

Will I be assigned to a specific practice area?
Winston has a free-flowing assignment system that allows summer associates to work on projects from a variety of practice areas and partners. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preferred practice area(s) at the start of the summer and again at the conclusion. Visit our Work/Life @ Winston page for more information.

Terri Soni, Chicago, Corporate Associate
“I like the fact that Winston gives you the flexibility to choose your own path; I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed into a particular group or practice area on Day 1.”

What can I expect in terms of project quality and quantity during the summer?
Our assignment committee maintains a database of available projects and works to ensure that each summer associate has equal opportunities and access to quality work. Projects are submitted by partners and associates and range from simple and straightforward to more substantive and time consuming. Summer associates also are encouraged to request projects from particular practice areas of interest.

What types of training programs are provided to summer associates?
Each Winston office provides a variety of orientation and practical training programs to help summer associates acclimate to law firm practice. Our training programs provide hands-on experience in negotiating a deal, drafting an IPO, taking a deposition, or arguing a case in a mock trial. Visit our North America Summer Associate Program page for more details.

Will I be assigned a summer advisor?
Each Winston summer associate has an advisor who serves as your first point of contact and guide throughout the program. Advisors assist in obtaining work assignments, host lunches and attend social events, review written work product, and are available to answer any questions.

What is the firm’s feedback and review process for summer associates?
Summer associates receive feedback throughout the summer from the partners and associates they work with on projects. The Summer Committee also conducts a formal mid-summer review, and summer associates receive a final review at the end of the program.

Does Winston have training programs for non-U.S. law students?
Winston & Strawn London invests significant time and effort in our trainees and sees them as critical to the promotion and success of the office. We offer a two-week vacation scheme for students who wish to apply for a training contract with our London office. In Paris, we accept applications year-round from ‘stagiaires-avocats’ interested in our internship program for law students. 

How does Winston’s summer program support diversity and inclusion?
The firm is committed to recruiting diverse law students and attorneys. We recruit at numerous diversity career fairs, offer Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarships, and participate in Law Preview and Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars. Please visit our Work/Life @ Winston page for more information.

Are there pro bono opportunities available to summer associates?
Summer associates are encouraged to participate in Winston’s substantial pro bono activities, serving a critical need in the community while gaining valuable legal experience. Our Pro Bono Fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend for incoming associates performing 300 hours of pro bono legal services during the summer after law school graduation. Please visit our Work/Life @ Winston page for more information.

North America Summer Associate Program

North america Summer Associate Program

Winston’s Summer Associate Program seeks well-rounded, motivated, imaginative law students who are team players and will work hard for our clients. Our 10-week program runs from mid-May to late July and provides real work experience, mentoring relationships, pro bono opportunities, and life-long social connections.

Winston is ranked No. 28 nationally in The American Lawyer 2017 Summer Associate Survey, and our Chicago and Los Angeles offices are both No. 1 (tie) in the regional rankings for best summer program. 

Kurt Mathas, Partner, Chicago
“As a Summer Committee Chair, I think the success of Winston’s program is attributable to three things. First, it’s Winston’s people. Our lawyers and staff are fully engaged and eager to help make the summer program a great experience for the law students so they feel welcomed when they are here and leave knowing the kind of people they’ll be working with when they join as associates. Second, it’s the balance we strike between work and play. We wine and dine our summer associates, but also give them meaningful work, which makes for a professionally challenging and socially enjoyable summer. Third, it’s the law students themselves. We recruit the best and brightest, and they jump with both feet into their work assignments and training activities, taking full advantage of the opportunity to learn from our attorneys.”

The practical training component provides hands-on experience in negotiating a deal, drafting an IPO, taking a deposition, or arguing a case in a mock trial. Department presentations allow summer associates to meet attorneys from specific practices. The Firm Highlight Lecture Series features high-profile and complex cases the firm handled in the past year.

Summer associates are encouraged to participate in Winston’s substantial Pro Bono activities. Our Pro Bono Fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend for incoming associates performing 300 hours of pro bono legal services during the summer after law school graduation.

Our firm supports diverse law students through various initiatives, including Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarships, and sponsorship of outside programs such as Law Preview and Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars.

Each U.S. office has its own summer associate program. Our firmwide NALP Form can be found here. Click on your office(s) of interest for details.

Charlotte | Chicago | Dallas | Houston | Los Angeles | New York | San Francisco/Silicon Valley | Washington, D.C.

Charlotte

Winston’s Charlotte office opened in 2008 to better serve the needs of our major financial, energy, and manufacturing clients headquartered in this business and cultural hub. This close-knit office welcomes two law students each year to participate in its summer associate program, which provides work in litigation and transactions, and features social activities including wine tastings, mentoring, and other local adventures.

Winston’s Charlotte attorneys have strong ties to the community through their many pro bono and public service initiatives. Office Managing Partner Jack Cobb is the chair of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas, and Litigation Partner Kobi Kennedy Brinson recently participated in the Charlotte Ballet Dancing with the Stars fundraising gala to benefit Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Contact: Brooke Ross, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, Email
NALP Form

Elizabeth Ireland, Associate, Charlotte
“Winston is committed to ensuring that top-quality representation is available to people who cannot afford legal services. I’ve regularly appeared in court as a guardian ad litem, argued an animal rights case, helped an immigrant win a custody case, and assisted LGBTQ couples with powers of attorney. I’m grateful the firm understands that pro bono work makes its attorneys stronger advocates for all types of clients.”

Chicago

Winston’s founding office in Chicago welcomes at least 25 law students each year to its summer associate program. Participants enjoy hands-on training through a mock trial program, and social events that have included fantastic seats to a Cubs game, a Lake Michigan boat cruise, and a U2 concert at Soldier Field.

All Chicago attorneys and staff enjoy Winston Café’s casual, collaborative space, also the hub for weekly Friday happy hours. Chicago Office Managing Partner Linda Coberly has made modernizing office culture a priority in various ways, including championing progressive work/life policies, Jeans Fridays, and general camaraderie. She recently led a team of more than 60 attorneys and staff in the Metro Chicago Heart Walk fundraising event.

Contact: Emily Wiegand, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, Email
NALP Form

Jeff Huelskamp, Associate, Chicago
“The culture of collaboration, education, and mentorship was apparent when I first walked into Winston’s doors as a summer associate. The great friends I gained through my summer associate class and across the firm are now my talented colleagues. Learning from others is key to being successful at the firm, and this is much easier when you work with people who are your friends.”

Dallas

Winston’s 2017 expansion of our footprint in Texas was described in the press as a “seismic shift” in Dallas legal circles. A D CEO profile of Winston’s new office in Dallas equates the expansion with the creation of an “Olympic Dream Team.” The founding partners serve as business and legal advisors to Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, and billionaires, including Mark Cuban.

In 2017, the Dallas summer associate program included three students, and there are plans to expand the program in 2018. Dallas summer associates work with pre-eminent litigation and transactional attorneys while enjoying the city through a variety of social and civic activities.

Contact: Amy Moynihan, Senior Manager, Attorney Recruiting & Development - Central (U.S.), Email
NALP Form

Grant Schmidt, Associate, Dallas
“Winston’s leadership has worked to personally ensure the success of each attorney in the new Dallas office. These efforts do not just involve an email, phone call, or one-time personal visit. These efforts involve repeated conversations that send one unified message: welcome home.”

Houston

Winston’s Houston office opened in 2011 and was recently named a finalist for Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Each year the office welcomes five to seven summer associates who work alongside a stellar team of litigation, intellectual property, transactional, and energy practitioners. Most of our Houston IP attorneys have technical degrees and represent leading innovators in patent, trademark, and trade secret matters.

In 2017, Houston summers sampled the food and drink of the city, enjoyed a casino night and bowling party, and got to know the attorneys at a dinner hosted by the managing partner.

Contact: Amy Moynihan, Senior Manager, Attorney Recruiting & Development - Central (U.S.), Email
NALP Form

Bill Collins, Associate, Houston
“My technical experience and training assist my legal practice all the time. I use my engineering background on a daily basis, from applying engineering principles, to inventions in patent disputes, to working with expert witnesses to bridge the gap between science and advocacy.”

Los Angeles

Summer associates in Winston’s Los Angeles office enjoy the benefits of a smaller program while working in one of the world’s largest cities. Assignments span the full spectrum of Winston practice areas, including litigation, transactions, and labor and employment, with exposure to renewable energy, technology, and other entrepreneurial sectors.

Ranked No. 1 in the 2016 AmLaw Summer Associate Survey, our LA summer program is (in)famous for its Korean BBQ & Karaoke event and End of Summer Blow-out, which featured an ‘80s theme in 2017 and ‘70s theme in 2016. The office also captured the top spot among LA firms in the regional rankings of The American Lawyer 2016 Mid-Level Associate Satisfaction Survey.

Winston’s LA office is service-oriented as well as social, scoring a record 100 percent pro bono participation rate in 2016, as highlighted in a March 2017 Daily Journal article. Attorneys and staff also engage in friendly competition through events such as Public Counsel’s Race for Justice and in-office ping pong games.

Contact: Michele Ward, Senior Manager, Attorney Recruiting & Development-West, Email
NALP Form

Jason Campbell, Associate, Los Angeles
“Prior to law school, I met several Winston attorneys who represented the ad agency where I was working. What really stood out was their genuine enjoyment of their work and their camaraderie. This perception was confirmed when I joined the firm as a summer associate.”

New York

Winston’s New York office welcomes 20 or more law students each summer for a 10-week program filled with substantive work, training opportunities, and social functions. Mock negotiations enable summers to play the role of counsel and guide their clients through a merger, and the mock trial features Winston attorneys and staff in the roles of judge, witnesses, and jurors.

For the past five summers, law students in our New York program have had the opportunity to shadow renowned antitrust and sports litigator Jeffrey Kessler, who is also co-executive chairman of the firm. They have traveled with Jeffrey to attend client meetings, hearings, panels, and depositions. One was lucky enough to attend Tom Brady’s deposition preparation for the “Deflategate” matter.

Contact: Elizabeth Lee, Senior Manager, Attorney Recruiting & Development-East, Email
NALP Form

Mulan Cui, Associate, New York
“The strength of Winston’s Litigation Practice drew me to the firm, and the people I met here convinced me to join the firm. For me, working in a collaborative environment with teams of talented and supportive people has been just as important as the opportunity to gain experience on interesting, challenging cases.”

San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Each summer, Winston’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices welcome five or more law students, who work alongside partners and associates to assist clients in the computer hardware and software, telecommunications, life sciences, and other innovative industries. Summer associates participate in a mock trial, with the San Francisco head of litigation playing the role of judge. Some of Bay Area offices’ staple summer outings include a Giants baseball game and Sonoma wine tour.

With the addition of established patent litigator Kathi Vidal as Silicon Valley managing partner, both Northern California offices are now led by female managing partners. The 2017 San Francisco summer program was Winston’s first to welcome a participant from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars program. Winston’s Bay Area attorneys and staff also support the community through Bar Association of San Francisco’s Food From The Bar campaign, GRID Alternatives, and other activities throughout the year.

Contact: Victor Barnett, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, Email
NALP Form

Washington, D.C.

Winston’s Washington, D.C. office welcomes three to five law students each summer to learn from among the nation’s top litigators and regulatory attorneys. The D.C. office advises on major appellate, antitrust, patent, and white-collar matters, and is known for its robust regulatory and enforcement capabilities in energy, environment, and health care. Our D.C. summer associates tour the United States Supreme Court, socialize at casino night, and explore the nation’s capital via Segway and Potomac boat excursion.

Just two blocks from the White House, Winston’s D.C. office has a rooftop deck where attorneys and staff enjoy holding their Annual Cornhole Tournament surrounded by views of Farragut Park and iconic landmarks. At the office’s recent Spring Painting Social, participants received their own canvas to create a D.C.-themed masterpiece under the direction of an art professional. The “rec” room houses a ping pong table, games, TVs, and a free onsite gym.

Contact: Brooke Ross, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, Email
NALP Form

Sarah Bily, Associate, Washington, D.C.
“Winston’s Washington, D.C., office Summer Program accurately reflected associate life at the firm. As a summer – and now as a litigation associate – I worked on substantive assignments that were interesting and challenging. The program’s many social events also facilitated the formation of genuine friendships with colleagues.”

London Students

VACATION SCHEME – SUMMER

You can get to know us through our two-week vacation scheme, designed for students who wish to apply for a training contract with the firm. It is intended to provide you with hands-on experience across our various practices, while exposing you to how our London office functions. On top of training, you will also enjoy attending our office social events. The two-week vacation scheme takes place in July.

We accept vacation scheme applications from:

  • Penultimate-year and final-year law students (law students on a four-year course should apply in their third year of study)
  • Final-year non-law students
  • Postgraduates
  • Any other graduate wishing to commence a training contract in two to three years’ time

Applications to our 2018 vacation scheme are now being accepted; email your CV and covering letter to trainingapplication@winston.com to apply. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018. For more information on training at Winston & Strawn London, please see our training brochure.

For students interested in our U.S. Summer Associate program, please refer to this page.

Training Contracts

Each year, Winston & Strawn London aims to take on trainees. We seek well-rounded, motivated, imaginative people with strong academics who will work hard for our clients, interact well with others in a close-knit team, and make meaningful contributions to our continued growth and success in London, as well as globally. We offer challenging work for high-profile, international clients in an energetic and supportive environment, whilst being part of a global firm with a reputation for delivering results.

We believe that our relatively small but rapidly growing London office offers something genuinely different. Our trainees are asked to carry out real legal work from day one, interact directly with clients, and contribute to all aspects of firm life. We rely on our trainees to help complete complex cross-border deals on time and on budget and win high-value, high-stakes disputes for our clients.

Our London office prides itself on a personable, down-to-earth working environment. Trainees have our full attention and support throughout their training contract and sit with a partner or a senior associate for each of the four seats. We take a flexible approach to training.

We only recruit ambitious individuals looking to build a long term career at the firm. We want all of our trainees to stay with the firm upon qualification and continue to develop as associates with a view to ultimately become a partner. Consequently, we invest significant time and effort in our trainees and see them as critical to the promotion and success of the office.

Winston is committed to diversity and inclusion. Our diversity initiatives focus our efforts in the key areas of: recruiting, and retaining the most talented and diverse legal staff; promoting diversity on the basis of merit and performance; providing a broad array of professional development opportunities; and maintaining leadership throughout our diversity endeavors. For more information on our diversity and inclusion initiatives, click here.

Given the nature of our work in London, we employ bright and agile minds. We look for the following criteria when evaluating candidates: (i) common sense and integrity; (ii) enthusiasm and drive; (iii) interests outside of the law; (iv) strong academics (2:1 or a 1st in your first degree expected or obtained); (v) commercial awareness; (vi) interpersonal skills with mindset of a team player; (vii) willingness to take responsibility; and (viii) flexibility.

Click here for a sample of the work we do in London. Trainees should expect to be involved in this type of work from the outset.

To secure a training contract you should first apply for our vacation scheme. 

Recruiting Contact

Alexandra Wooster
Regional Director of Administration – Europe and Middle East

Paris Stagiaires

Près de 850 avocats partagent la même passion du droit au sein de Winston & Strawn LLP dans le Monde. Trente praticiens spécialisés officient dans le bureau parisien au sein de quatre départements :

  • Contentieux
  • Arbitrage
  • Corporate et Fusions & Acquisitions
  • Droit Fiscal
  • Droit Social

La diversité des domaines d’intervention du cabinet offre des possibilités d’accueil et d’évolution professionnelle très diversifiées.  Face à un secteur en constante mutation, notre cabinet est toujours très attentif aux candidatures qui lui sont soumises et recrute régulièrement des stagiaires-avocats.


La réalisation d’un stage au sein d’un cabinet international nécessite que le candidat dispose d’une excellente formation juridique (universitaire, idéalement complétée par une double formation, en grande école de commerce, à Sciences Po, ou un LLM) associée à un bon niveau d’anglais. Nous recherchons en priorité des stagiaires titulaires d’un M2 et admis au CRFPA. En outre, nous apportons une attention particulière à la personnalité du candidat, sa capacité d’écoute et de jugement, son volontarisme, sa rigueur ainsi que sa curiosité intellectuelle.

Au sein de notre cabinet, le stagiaire-avocat disposera d’une formation de grande qualité, et sera encadré par des équipes expérimentées et à dimension humaine.

Pour construire une relation pérenne avec vous et nourrir vos ambitions, le cabinet vous offre :

  • L’opportunité de vous investir dans un grand cabinet international reconnu parmi les leaders du marché en France, en Europe et dans le Monde,
  • La possibilité de pratiquer le droit avec un haut niveau d’exigence au sein d’équipes reconnues pour leur maîtrise de dossiers stratégiques et sensibles,
  • L’opportunité d’acquérir autonomie et sens des responsabilités tout en bénéficiant d’un partage des expériences et des savoirs,
  • La possibilité d’évoluer dans un environnement formateur, stimulant et innovant.

Si vous souhaitez nous rejoindre, veuillez adresser votre candidature à l’adresse email stagesparis@winston.com en y joignant votre CV, lettre de motivation et lettres de recommandations éventuelles.

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Winston’s Paris office includes practitioners across core practice areas:

  • Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions/Finance

This provides ‘stagiaires-avocats’ with opportunities to learn about a wide range of practice areas and the specialized skills required for each. In an exciting and dynamic environment, we are dedicated to our internship program for law students, accepting applications year round.

“Stage” applicants must have an excellent legal education (university degree, ideally coupled with another degree such as a business school degree, a Sciences-Po degree, or an LLM) combined with suitable English language skills. Priority is given to applicants with a Master’s degree who have passed the French law school admission test (CRFPA) or equivalent. Additionally, we focus on the character of the applicant, their listening and analytical abilities, motivation, attention to detail, and intellectual curiosity.

Winston “stagiaire-avocats” receive first-rate training under the supervision of an experienced team of attorneys, in a full-service office whose size renders it accessible and welcoming. At Winston “stagiaire-avocats” develop enduring relationships while attaining career goals by:

  • becoming involved in the work of a large international law firm that is recognized among the top law firms in France, in Europe, and worldwide;
  • working with teams who excel at managing strategic and sensitive matters, while practicing law to high standards;
  • developing autonomy and a sense of responsibility while benefiting from shared experiences and knowledge;
  • being part of an educational, stimulating, and innovative legal environment.

If you would like to join us, please send your application to stagesparis@winston.com, including a cover letter, résumé, and potential reference letters.

Recruiting Contact

Alexandra Wooster
Regional Director of Administration – Europe and Middle East
Email

People @ Winston

People @ Winston

The diverse personalities and strengths of our people are the foundation of Winston & Strawn. If you decide to spend next summer with our firm, you’ll be joining a team of attorneys and staff who bring a diversity of experiences and approaches to achieve results for our clients. 

The experiences of our people go well beyond their professional endeavors, from piloting planes and helicopters, to climbing Everest and trekking to Machu Picchu, to playing in symphonies and rock bands, to owning a wine company and executive-producing movies.

Winston attorneys and staff are also active in community and charitable endeavors, showcasing their salsa skills in a “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser and working together for a good cause at team events like Cycle for Survival and Food from the Bar

 

 

We are confident that your unique personality and strengths would be an asset to Winston should you choose to join us.

Work/Life @ Winston

WORK/LIFE @ WINSTON

We invite you to read more about the hands-on work experience available to our summer associates, our firm’s training and mentoring resources, our commitment to pro bono programs and diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the many other benefits and perks we offer to our attorneys.

REAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Winston summer associates gain exposure to a wide range of Practice and Industry Areas through real work assignments. Students gain hands-on experience through assisting with and attending depositions, hearings, arbitrations, mediations, trials, negotiations, closings, witness interviews, and government meetings, as well as shadowing attorneys for designated periods of time.

Our Assignment Committee maintains a database of available projects and works to ensure that each summer associate has equal opportunities and access to quality work. Projects are submitted by partners and associates and range from simple and straightforward to more substantive and time consuming.

According to the 2018 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, which ranked our firm No. 15 for Best Summer Associate Program, survey respondents commented that Winston's program was “more like being an actual associate than I expected,” “fairly representative of my first-year work,” they “loved that we had weekly assignment meetings,” and the firm was “receptive in giving us assignments in the groups we wanted.”

Adam Dale, Associate, New York
“Winston’s robust sports litigation practice provides opportunities for young attorneys to work on fast-paced matters – representing high-profile professional athletes, players unions, and sports agents and agencies – from the moment they arrive at the firm.” 

TRAINING AND MENTORING
Each Winston office provides a variety of orientation and practical training programs to help summer associates acclimate to law firm practice. Our training programs provide hands-on experience with different aspects of practicing law, including negotiating a deal and presenting a case in a mock trial. By offering diverse training programs, we provide our summer associates with meaningful opportunities to discover what practice areas interest them most. 

Winston summer associates are each assigned an advisor who serves as their first point of contact and guide throughout the program to assist in obtaining work assignments, reviewing written work product, and answering any questions. Summer associates also receive feedback throughout the summer from the partners and associates with whom they work, and the Summer Committee conducts a formal mid-summer and final review.

New attorneys who join Winston after law school participate in the firm’s formal mentoring program, which provides our first- through third-year associates with practical lessons, institutional knowledge, and access to opportunities to develop key skills and relationships. Winston was one of the first firms to adopt the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism’s Mentoring Program.

In addition, there are numerous opportunities for young attorneys at Winston to gain leadership skills and have a voice in firm initiatives, from membership on the Associates, Sustainability, and other firm committees, to participation in our affinity groups for female and minority attorneys.

Jeff Huelskamp, Associate, Chicago
“The culture of collaboration, education, and mentorship was apparent when I first walked into Winston’s doors as a summer associate. The great friends I gained through my summer associate class and across the firm are now my talented colleagues. Learning from others is key to being successful at the firm, and this is much easier when you work with people who are your friends.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRO BONO

Community service is ingrained in our firm’s culture, and we encourage our summer associates to participate in Winston’s substantial Pro Bono activities. This work serves a critical need in the community, while providing valuable legal experience.

Many of our incoming associates volunteer through Winston’s Pro Bono Fellowship program the summer after their law school graduation. This program provides a $10,000 stipend for incoming associates performing 300 hours of pro bono legal services at local public interest law organizations of their choice.

Elizabeth Ireland, Associate, Chicago

“Winston is committed to ensuring that top-quality representation is available to people who cannot afford legal services. I’ve regularly appeared in court as a guardian ad litem, argued an animal rights case, helped an immigrant win a custody case, and assisted LGBTQ couples with powers of attorney. I’m grateful the firm understands that pro bono work makes its attorneys stronger advocates for all types of clients.”

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
At Winston & Strawn, Diversity and Inclusion are critically important. Our practice is global, and we believe our firm should reflect the diverse world we serve. Diverse and inclusive teams create a stronger organization and produce the best results for our clients.

We are pleased to report that Winston is once again offering three scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2018 summer program in one of our domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. Each $10,000 scholarship will be paid during the students’ third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Learn more about the 2018 Diversity Scholarship Program.

Our firm recently was named to Working Mother magazine’s 2017 list of the “Best Law Firms for Women” and, for nine years in a row, has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” based on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

Jasmine Fannell, Associate, Chicago
“It’s important for summer associates to become actively involved inside the firm. I was fortunate to receive a Winston Diversity Scholarship, which allowed me to make outside connections as well.”

BENEFITS, PERKS, RESOURCES

  • Market-competitive salaries and bonuses
  • 20 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Reimbursement for bar review classes, exam fee, and annual registration
  • Parental Leave Transition Support Program
  • First 100 hours of pro bono work credited toward annual billable hours target
  • Training & Development with MCLE tracker
  • Reduced hours work schedule policy
  • Flexible vacation time policy
  • Life, medical, vision, disability, and dental insurance
  • $10,000 stipend prior to taking bar exam
  • $10,000 Pro Bono Fellowship (in addition to bar stipend) for incoming associates performing 300 hours of pro bono legal services during the summer after law school graduation
  • Dedicated pro bono department that secures and facilitates opportunities for attorneys
  • Firmwide new 
    associate orientation
  • Mentor Program
  • Dedicated affinity groups for minority and LGBT attorneys

To further support our attorneys’ long-term development and engagement, Winston offers the most progressive and expansive Working Parents Program in the industry.

Brian Nisbet, Associate, Chicago

“The importance of the firm’s parental leave policy cannot be understated. It allows you to focus on the most important thing going on in your life at that moment—having a new baby. I have taken time with all three of my kids, and have felt fully supported by the firm and those I work with. It is a great benefit, and one that I think is unique compared to other law firms.”

View this brief video in which Chicago Office Managing Partner Linda Coberly and Parental Leave Liaison Julia Johnson talk more about the gender-neutral benefits of our program.

 

On-Campus Interviews

On-Campus Interviews

In July of each year, we begin accepting resumes for our summer associate program from law students going into their second year of law school. Our interviewing process typically concludes in late September.

If we do not interview on campus at your school or you are unable to secure an on-campus interview, you may submit your resume via our online application system after July 1. First-year law students are encouraged to check our website after December to determine which of our offices may be accepting applications from 1Ls.

In 2017, we visited the following law schools:

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
Boston College/Boston University Law Consortium
Brooklyn Law School
CCBA Job Fair
Columbia Law School
Cornell Law School
DePaul University College of Law
Duke University School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
Howard University School of Law
Lavender Law Fair
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
NEBLSA Job Fair
New York University School of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Notre Dame Law School
SMU Dedman School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law
Stanford Law School
UC Berkeley School of Law
UC Hastings College of the Law
UCLA School of Law
University of Chicago Law School
University of Houston Law Center
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Michigan Law School
University of North Carolina School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Texas School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
USC Gould School of Law
Vanderbilt University Law School
Washington University School of Law
WRBLSA Job Fair
Yale Law School