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Students - Summer Program

Washington, D.C. Summer Program

Q: How many summer associates does the Washington, D.C. office expect to hire for the summer of 2018?

A: We expect to have between 12 and 16 summer associates in our 2018 summer program.

Q: Where do our 2017 summer associates attend law school?

A: American, Catholic, Duke, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Howard, Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, UVA, and Vanderbilt.

Q: What law schools does Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C. office visit for on-campus interviews?

A: In 2017, we will visit American, Catholic, Columbia, Duke, Emory, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Howard, Michigan, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, and William & Mary. We also review the resumes of write-in applicants and consider students who do not attend schools at which we interview on campus.

Q: Do you hire 1Ls for your summer program?

A: We hire 1Ls for our Pro Bono Scholars Program. Click here for more information about the Pro Bono Scholars Program.  Please check our website in December for more information about applying to the Pro Bono Scholars program for the 2018 summer program.

Q: Does the Washington, D.C. office allow split summers?

A: Although we encourage students to spend the entire summer program with us, we do consider split summers on a case-by-case basis.

Q: How long after a candidate interviews in the Washington, D.C. office should he/she expect a hiring decision?

A: During OCI, our Hiring Committee meets on a weekly basis, and decisions are made in a timely manner. Candidates who receive an offer will be notified by phone and letter.

Q: Do I have to choose a particular practice area at the beginning of the summer?

A: No. Summer associates are encouraged to explore opportunities in a variety of practice areas throughout the summer, if they would like to do so.

Q: What if I am unsure of the area in which I would like to practice?

A: In addition to receiving assignments from a variety of practice areas, we host presentations for most practices represented in the Washington, D.C. office. These informal presentations led by partners and associates provide an overview of their work and further insight into the practice.

Q: How do I apply to the Washington, D.C. office summer program?

A: Applications should be submitted through our website, please click here to apply.

If you have questions regarding the Washington, D.C. office’s 2018 summer program, please contact:
Kenzie Whitfield
Attorney Recruiting & Development, Senior Coordinator
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-1564
202.416.5129 (fax)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is an equal opportunity employer, and applicants are considered for all positions without regard to any basis or condition protected by applicable law.  Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative of the Human Resources department.