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2023 Summer Associate Program - Apply Now!

At Simpson Thacher, we are intent on helping exceptional students become exceptional lawyers. Each year we seek to fill our summer associate class with a diverse array of talented students from law schools across the country.  We’re thrilled to start meeting the future members of our 2023 summer class.

2023 Summer Associate Application Process

We welcome applications from students interested in our 2023 summer associate program through a variety of ways. Our goal is to be flexible when connecting with you during the application and interview processes. We participate in on-campus recruitment at numerous schools and we encourage you to reach out to your Career Services office to find out when we will be interviewing. 

If we do not participate in your school’s on-campus recruitment program or you prefer to apply to the Firm in advance of the school OCI process, you may apply on-line directly for a 2023 summer position. 

Select the city below for the relevant 2023 2L Summer Associate Program application.

New York
Los Angeles
Palo Alto
Washington, D.C.

We will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  In June and July, students will have the option of interviewing in-person or virtually.  Because the Firm has made a commitment to support all of our lawyers having the ability to work remotely for the month of August, all callbacks in August will be held virtually.

If you have applied to our 2023 2L Summer Associate Program and would like to submit an updated transcript, please send it to the appropriate contact below. If you have applied to multiple offices, please submit your transcript to the office in which you are most interested.

New York[email protected]  

Houston: [email protected]

London:  [email protected]

Los Angeles[email protected]

Palo Alto[email protected]

Washington, D.C.[email protected]

For lateral, judicial clerk, and LL.M. applications, please visit this page for more information.

Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Fellowship

Diversity is not merely a goal at Simpson Thacher, it is a long-standing imperative exemplified by the Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Fellowship. Named in honor of the Firm’s first African American partner, the Conrad Harper Fellowship is a multi-year fellowship that seeks to both increase our pipeline of diverse summer associates and promote the advancement and retention of Simpson Thacher associates from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession. 

The fellowship provides a position in our 2023 summer associate program, as well as $50,000, paid in periodic financial stipends, to help defray the cost of tuition, loans and other law school-related expenses. 

The $50,000 award will be paid in four installments:

  • $15,000 upon joining our 2023 summer program
  • $15,000 upon starting with the Firm as a first-year associate
  • $10,000 at the completion of the first year of practice at Simpson and
  • $10,000 at the completion of the second year of practice with the Firm

Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Fellowships are being offered in all of our U.S. offices.

Fellowship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, July 8, 2022. Award decisions will be made throughout the summer. 

Application Process

Students interested in the Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Fellowship should submit their application materials for both the Diversity Fellowship and the Simpson Thacher summer associate program here.

Fellowship applications will be considered in tandem with the offer process for our 2023 summer associate program. Students must first receive an offer to join Simpson Thacher in order to then be awarded a Conrad Harper Fellowship.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Both an undergraduate and law school transcript
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing one of the following:
  1. Define what diversity, equity and inclusion means to you.
  2. Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in your school, workplace and/or community.
  3. Discuss how your diverse perspective(s) or background have impacted or contributed to your life experiences (e.g., academic experience, career trajectory, community engagement, personal or professional aspirations).
Additional details and application requirements can be found here.

Learn more about our approach to developing and empowering Simpson Thacher lawyers, both upon their joining the Firm and throughout their careers.

Hear what our hiring partners feel has been most important to successfully navigating the recruitment process in a changing environment.

Equal Opportunity Policy

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is committed to a collegial work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The Firm prohibits discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status. “Gender” includes actual or perceived sex, a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to that person at birth. This Policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the Firm, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, transfer, discipline, termination, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

Fraud Alert

Be aware of scams involving phony job postings.

Simpson Thacher has learned of instances where unauthorized individuals are using Simpson Thacher’s name to solicit potential job seekers for employment and asking for personal identification and/or some type of advance payment.

Please note that Simpson Thacher does not require any purchase or payment to submit a résumé or apply for a job.

If you suspect fraud, please save any suspicious emails as ".msg" files. Please email us at [email protected] and tell us about the communications you received, and include the suspicious emails as attachments. This will preserve important information that may help us identify the source of the potential fraud.

Transparency of Coverage

In accordance with the Transparency in Coverage disclosure requirements, click here for Machine Readable Files (MRFs). While these files are accessible to all, the file itself is large, written in a machine-readable language, and not easily searchable or interpreted.

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