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2023 1L Summer Associate Program

At Simpson Thacher, we believe that diversity in the workplace improves our ability to serve the needs of our clients and encourages and fosters a more dynamic environment for our attorneys. Each year we seek to fill our summer associate class with a diverse array of talented students from law schools across the country. As part of our ongoing efforts to recruit high caliber attorneys, we offer the opportunity for a select number of 1L students to join our New York, Houston or Los Angeles summer associate class.

1L Summer Associate Application Process

These positions will be offered to exceptional first-year law students who can contribute to the diversity of our Firm and the broader legal community. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences across categories of race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability and socio-economic status.

We are looking for applicants who possess a strong record of academic, employment and community achievement, demonstrating the potential for success in law school and in the legal profession. 

We will consider applications on a rolling basis. We will begin accepting 1L applications on November 15, 2022 and ask that all applications be submitted by January 13, 2023. Any first semester grades unavailable by the deadline can be forwarded to [email protected] separately once received.

Applications must include:

  • Resume
  • Application form, including practice area preference(s)
  • Statement of interest not to exceed 500 words
  • Official or unofficial transcript of undergraduate grades
  • Official or unofficial transcript of first semester law school grades may be submitted separately, as soon as they are available

Please click here to apply for the New York 2023 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program

Please click here to apply for the Houston 2023 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program 

Please click here to apply for the Los Angeles 2023 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program

For 2Ls who wish to apply to our 2024 summer program, please refer back to our website in the spring or contact your school’s Office of Career Services for the campus interview schedule.

For lateral applications to Simpson Thacher, please click here.

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.

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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.

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