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2021 1L Summer Associate Diversity 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 or Houston summer associate class.

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 encourage you to submit an application through our Firm website once the opportunity has been posted to this page.

We will consider applications on a rolling basis. We will begin accepting 1L applications on December 1, 2020 and ask that all applications are submitted by February 1, 2021. Any first semester grades unavailable by the deadline can be forwarded separately once received. 

Applications must include:

  1. Resume
  2. Application form, including practice area preference(s)
  3. Statement of interest not to exceed 500 words
  4. Official or unofficial transcript of undergraduate grades
  5. 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 2021 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program
Please click here to apply for the Houston 2021 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program

New York: Daniel Vatanaviggun

Legal Recruiting Director
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: +1-212-455-7144
Email Address:

Palo Alto: Lauren Adriani

Associate Director, Legal Recruiting & Associate Life
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: +1-650-251-5129
Email Address: 

Los Angeles: Gisela DeSantiago

Senior Legal Recruiting & Administrative Coordinator
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
1999 Avenue of the Stars - 29th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: +1-310-407-7529
Email Address:

Washington, D.C.: Lindsay Rance

Senior Legal Recruiting & Administrative Coordinator
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
900 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: +1-202-636-5531
Email Address: 

Houston: Jessica Evans

Manager, Legal Recruiting & Associate Life
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
600 Travis Street, Suite 5400
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: +1-713-821-5647
Email Address: 

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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