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Careers

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 2019 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms ranks Winston’s Summer Associate Program #22 for Fun and Events. For tips on summer associate success, see Vault’s Law Blog featuring Winston Hiring Committee Co-Chairs Suzanne Jaffe Bloom and Bill O’Neil and Associate Sean Suber.

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’ second annual Associate Satisfaction Surveys, Winston ranked No. 23 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? 
Sofia Arguello,
New York, Associate

“In the end, people make up a firm, and the people at Winston are the type of people you want to work with and for.”

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?
Summer associates participate in our Winston University Development System during their time at the firm. Winston University includes summer associate training programs in negotiating deals, drafting an IPO, taking a deposition, and arguing a case in a mock trial. Summer associates receive invaluable professional development opportunities through networking and collaborating with some of the country’s top attorneys. Our dynamic talent development team ensures summer associates have the resources they need for peak performance. Please visit the Learning & Development page for more details about Winston University.

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.

Lindsay Shake, Chicago, Corporate Associate
“It was an incredibly rewarding experience, getting to use both legal and language skills to help these individuals navigate the complex immigration process.”

Read more about Lindsay’s experience advocating on behalf of immigrants and their families on the Careers @ Winston blog.

Does Winston’s summer program include a community service component?
Our Corporate Social Responsibility program—Winston for Good—is built on the firm’s values and heritage and makes an intentional impact in our communities. Local office Winston for Good teams identify, coordinate, and mobilize multiple volunteer opportunities each year, including a volunteer event for summer associates. 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 1L 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 a small number of law students each year to participate in its summer associate program, which provides work in litigation and transactions, and features social and community activities including a cooking class, Knights baseball game, Habitat for Humanity project, 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 past chair of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, and Partner Woody Lay is a board member of Classroom Central, for which the office held a school supply drive last fall. In addition, the firmwide chair of Winston’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Partner Kobi Kennedy Brinson, is resident in the Charlotte office. 

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

Chicago

Winston’s founding office in Chicago welcomes approximately 20-25 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. In fall 2017, she 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

Sean Suber, Chicago, Litigation Associate
“I felt good about joining Winston because the firm was genuinely interested in investing in my growth as a lawyer, and more interested in what I could provide moving forward; not just what I have done in the past.”

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.

The Dallas summer associate program has been expanded to nine students for 2018. Through the program, law students work with our pre-eminent litigation and transactional attorneys while enjoying the city through a variety of social and civic activities. These have included a Cowboys stadium tour, cooking competition, and participation in the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program pro bono clinic.

Contact: Ginny Baker, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, 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, which opened in 2011, won Houston Business Journal’s (HBJ) inaugural Diversity Award for outstanding small company and was a 2016 finalist for HBJ's Best Places to Work.

Summer associates 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. Houston summers enjoy sampling the food and drink of the city, a casino night event, Astros game, and a dinner hosted by the managing partner.

Contact: Ginny Baker, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, Email
NALP Form
Lauren Randle, Houston, Corporate Associate
“A common theme in all the business development training I have received at Winston is the importance of relationship building. Working with individuals to make your community a better place fosters lifelong relationships.”

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 2017 AmLaw Summer Associate Survey, our Los Angeles summer program is (in)famous for its Korean BBQ & Karaoke event and End of Summer Blow-out, which featured a black and white theme in 2018. Winston’s Los Angeles office is service-oriented as well as social, achieving 100 percent pro bono participation rate in 2016 and 2017, and engaging in friendly competition through events such as Public Counsel’s Race for Justice and Learning Rights Law Center's Education Challenge.

Contact: Victor Barnett, Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager, 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 approximately 20 law students each summer for the firm’s 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 six summers, law students in our New York program have had the opportunity to shadow renowned antitrust and sports litigator Jeffrey Kessler, traveling with him to attend client meetings, hearings, panels, and depositions. Jeffrey, who is co-executive chairman of the firm, recently gave the keynote address at the Columbia Sports Law Symposium. The New York office is also home to Partner Julissa Reynoso, who served as Ambassador to Uruguay and was instrumental in the firm’s hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico.

Contact: Angela Eliane, Senior Manager, Attorney Recruiting & Development, 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 office welcomes 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 2013 opening of a second Bay Area office in Menlo Park, Winston is strategically positioned to expand the legal services we provide to the some of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley. The office recently partnered with Google to present an inspiring fireside chat with Ryan Leslie as part of our firm’s Black History Month programming. Winston’s Bay Area attorneys and staff also support the community through Bar Association of San Francisco’s Food From The Bar campaign and other activities throughout the year. Both of our Bay Area offices are led by female managing partners.

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

Washington, D.C.

Winston’s Washington, D.C. office welcomes 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 have toured the United States Supreme Court, socialized at casino and trivia nights, and explored the nation’s capital via 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. Indoors, the “rec” room houses a ping pong table, games, TVs, and a free onsite gym. Our community involvement in D.C. includes a partnership with Walker-Jones Education Campus, for which the office recently hosted a bake sale to raise funds for field trips, library books, science materials, and other needs.

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

Search Available Positions

Beginning December 1, 2018, Winston & Strawn is accepting resumes from first-year law students for our 2019 Summer Program in most of our U.S. offices. We require that all applications be submitted via our online self-apply system. Duplicate applications to the individual attorney recruiting contacts via email or hard copy are discouraged.

Click here to view and apply for available opportunities. Candidates who apply prior to receiving first-semester law school grades should upload their transcript as soon as it is available. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Winston is committed to providing employment opportunities to individuals whose experience and abilities best match job requirements. Please click here for more information on our EEO policy.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION ACT

Winston & Strawn will provide reasonable accommodation to complete the online application consistent with applicable law. If you require an accommodation, please contact the location for which you are applying and ask to speak with the human resources representative or email humanresourcesch@winston.com.

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.

London Students

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. 

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

The application period for our summer 2019 vacation scheme closed on 5 January 2019. We will accept applications for the 2020 summer beginning 14 October 2019. Please check back at that time for more information on how to apply.

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.

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Paris Stagiaires

Près de 1,000 avocats partagent la même passion du droit au sein de Winston & Strawn LLP dans le Monde. Vingt praticiens spécialisés officient dans le bureau parisien au sein de quatre départements :

  • Contentieux
  • Arbitrage
  • Corporate et Fusions & Acquisitions
  • 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, resume, and potential reference letters.

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Learning & Development

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT (all attorney levels)

Training, both formal and informal, is an essential part of an attorney’s growth. The Winston University Development System promotes peak performance at every stage by delivering training at optimal career points. Winston University is a world-class series of legal and professional skills training programs led by Winston partners, associates, firm leadership, and industry experts. Our courses provide attorneys and staff with a well-rounded knowledge base and practice-specific tools.

Attorneys receive tailored support throughout their career—from summer associate to partner—with a global, holistic approach that fosters innovation, a competitive edge, diversity and inclusion, and our core values. We provide hundreds of live and virtual professional development opportunities, including optional coaching services, career planning and stress management workshops, and CLE training options. We embrace a culture of learning and we will help you become the best you can be.

View this brief video in which Director of Learning & Development Julia Mercier discusses Winston University, the firm’s holistic and innovative training strategy.

Winston Jumpstart: Junior Associates (Years 1-2)
Jumpstart is our junior level legal and professional skills curriculum.

  • Jumpstart Orientation – Professional skills training from client service to project management.
  • Litigation Jumpstart – Comprehensive training in core topics and skills applicable to the firm’s litigation services and sectors, including legal writing, motions practice, and written and oral discovery.
  • Transactional Jumpstart – Comprehensive training in core skills applicable to the firm’s transactional services and sectors, including performing due diligence, drafting transactional documents, and preparing for and conducting closings.
  • Associates in the Environmental, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Real Estate, Tax, and Trusts & Estates practice groups and sectors have departmental curricula that supplement a selection of courses in Transactional and Litigation Jumpstart.

Winston Edge: Mid-Level Associates (Years 3-5)
Edge is the firm’s mid-level transactional, litigation, and professional skills training program.

  • Edge Intensive – a two-day program offering third-year associates training on topics such as management, business development, and the economics of a global law firm.
  • Mid-level litigation associates receive year-round training focused on more advanced skills, including oral argument and trial advocacy.
  • Mid-level transactional associates receive training focused on more advanced skills, including effective contract drafting and negotiation skills.

Winston Accelerate: Senior Associates (Years 6+)
Accelerate is the firm’s senior-level transactional, litigation, and professional skills training program.

  • Accelerate Intensive – a two-day program for sixth-year associates designed to propel associates to the next level in their careers. Training topics include planning for partnership, creating value for clients, project management, and managing teams.

Leadership Lab: Partners

  • Global New Partner Training program
  • Partner Master Classes on business development, leadership, performance management, and advanced legal skills

Resources for All Class Levels

  • Our in-house Director of Coaching who can work with attorneys confidentially to support career and personal goals
  • Winston Mini MBA – financial literacy training
  • Diversity and inclusion training
  • Technology skills training
  • Pro Bono opportunities and training
  • Benchmarks that clearly articulate practice group expectations, and a tailored training curriculum for associates
  • Formal training for attorneys in each corporate, transactional and litigation practice group on substantive skills, and recent legal developments unique to the firm’s services and sectors including Real Estate, Tax, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Healthcare, Antitrust, IP/Patent, White Collar & Regulatory Investigations, Labor & Employment, and others
  • Access to thousands of online CLE courses and programs offered by our partner organizations

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. 

View this brief video in which Silicon Valley Associate Edward Son describes what sets people apart at Winston.

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

Julissa Reynoso, New York, Litigation Partner and Former Ambassador to Uruguay
“You are the senior person in a foreign country representing the United States, and I was always aware of how big of a deal that is.”

Winston attorneys and staff are also active in community and charitable endeavors, serving in leadership roles with organizations such as Read to a Child and Horizons for Youth and working together for a good cause at team events like Cycle for Survival and Food from the Bar.

Chicago Corporate Associate Taylor Weaver is President of Urban Energy Garden (UEG), a non-profit he co-founded to improve disadvantaged communities by placing STEM students in internships focused on environmental health and sustainability.

“I felt that educating college students on environmental policy and energy regulations was one way we could provide more STEM opportunities to minorities while providing them with the means to help their own communities.”

Read more about Taylor’s non-profit work on the Careers @ Winston blog.

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

Sofia Arguello, New York, Associate
“In the end, people make up a firm, and the people at Winston are the type of people you want to work with and for.”

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 2019 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms survey respondents commented that “Winston gives real work to our summers,” “camaraderie among summer associates is very high,” and “the collegiality and great culture experienced during the summer never really goes away.”

Angela Smedley, New York, Litigation Associate
“When I returned to Winston after my clerkship, I was able to put my enhanced legal writing skills and procedural knowledge to use right away.” 

ADVISING AND MENTORING
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 is an essential component of the core curriculum for our associates. Our mentoring program is designed to enhance the learning and development of our associates at each stage of their career and to create connections for them with more senior attorneys for the purpose of information sharing. All first- through third-year and lateral associates in their first year at the firm are paired with a mentor. Associates fourth year and up can participate as either a mentee or mentor.

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, Summer Program, Winston for Good, and other firm committees, to participation in our affinity groups for female, minority, and LGBTQ attorneys.

Jeff Huelskamp, Associate, Chicago
“The culture of collaboration, education, and mentorship was apparent when I first walked into Winston’s doors. 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, 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.”

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 once again offered scholarships to diverse law school students joining the 2019 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. Read about our 2019 Diversity Scholarship recipients.

Our firm was named to Working Mother magazine’s 2017 list of the “Best Law Firms for Women” and, for ten 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.”

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Corporate Social Responsibility—encompassing respect for people, wise use of profits, and care for our planet—governs many aspects of Winston’s strategic vision for our firm.

In 2017, we implemented a formal CSR program—Winston for Good—that aligns with our values and heritage and fosters a culture that intentionally makes an impact. Winston for Good encompasses corporate and charitable giving, pro bono legal services, volunteer opportunities in the community, diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and employee engagement initiatives.

BENEFITS, PERKS, RESOURCES

  • World-class training programs tailored by attorney level and career stage
  • Award-winning Parental Leave Transition Support Program
  • Life, medical, vision, disability, and dental insurance
  • 20 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Flexible vacation time policy
  • $10,000 stipend prior to taking bar exam
  • Reimbursement for bar review classes, exam fee, and annual registration
  • First 100 hours of pro bono work credited toward annual billable hours target
  • $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
  • Firmwide new associate orientation
  • Career planning, professional development, and peak performance coaching
  • Dedicated affinity groups for female, minority, and LGBTQ attorneys
  • Winston for Good corporate social responsibility program
  • Pro bono department that secures and facilitates opportunities for attorneys
  • Mentoring program

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, Partner, 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.