Students, Trainees
& Judicial Clerks

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Attracting and developing talented professionals who are committed to excellence is critical to our success. We offer students, trainees and judicial clerks unparalleled opportunities for interesting work, a supportive and collegial environment, and a promising pathway to career development.

Our summer program and trainee program give an immersive experience. We provide real-life insight into the workings of an established, broad reaching law firm and the chance to share our commitment to client, public and community service. Each office creates a unique program of events, giving law students a taste of life and work in that office.

Our summer associates and trainees are given high-quality, challenging assignments and work directly with senior lawyers across practices and industry groups on complex and, frequently, cross-border matters.

We know that former judicial clerks bring valuable real-world experience to our legal practice. Your experience, skills, and knowledge add to our rich and dynamic culture and contribute directly to our ability to meet the diverse needs of our clients. We've established a legacy of attracting and retaining former judicial clerks. Morgan Lewis is proud to have more than 150 former judicial clerks.

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*Our Beijing and Shanghai offices operate as representative offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis operates through Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong as a registered foreign law firm operating in Association with Luk & Partners.

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Building a diverse team of lawyers is a core value at Morgan Lewis and part of our strategic focus. Our goals are to promote diversity in the legal profession and to attract future leaders who are committed to the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Locations

The following offices will host 1L Diversity Fellows: Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. 

Fellowship recipients will receive the following: 

  • A $35,000 fellowship stipend made in three payments conditioned on satisfactory completion of the 2L summer and subsequently joining the firm as an entry-level associate
  • The opportunity to spend a portion of your 2L summer with a firm client supplementing the summer associate program by providing hands-on experience with the operations of and challenges handled by in-house legal departments
  • An experiential pre-summer kickoff where firm leaders and all summer associates from across the United States gather for a multiday orientation and bonding program  

Eligibility

The 1L Diversity Fellowship is open to any first-year law student. Eligible applicants must (1) be enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2021 at the time of application, (2) demonstrate academic excellence, (3) have outstanding leadership skills, and (4) be interested in employment with Morgan Lewis.

Application Process

Interested students should submit the following in support of their candidacy:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Law school and undergraduate transcripts
  • Writing sample

All candidates should submit their applications online to be considered for this position. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

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We offer an innovative work experience for second-year law students – one that combines a rich summer experience with hands-on, in-depth work at Morgan Lewis, targeted professional development and training, and then in-house training at a public interest or community-based organization.

Our Summer Associate Program starts with an experiential get-together where firm leaders and all summer associates from across the US gather for a multiday orientation and bonding program.

Our kickoffs have happened everywhere from the beach in Santa Monica, where we went barefoot and had a beach olympics, to major urban centers, where we planted trees for the community. Wherever we gather, the goal remains the same: to introduce our summer associates to the firm, to our summer program, to our unique firm culture, and to our enthusiasm for working together.

A cornerstone of each program is our Pro Bono Clinic. Our summer associates’ first assignment is meeting with and counseling real clients. Most recently, we partnered with The Lawyers Clearinghouse in Boston.  Teams of Summer Associates alongside Partners and Associates from various offices advised 20 Massachusetts non-profit organizations on Written Information Security Programs.  

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Professional development begins with our summer associates, through our Summer Academy. The academy offers an introduction to the firm’s professional skills curriculum: client service, legal writing training and presentation skills. Upon joining us as an associate, our lawyers continue with our Academies throughout their careers, attending the New Lawyer Academy, our Midlevel Academy, Senior Academy and Trial Academy.

Serve the public interest and the community as part of your summer work.

The Community Experience allows summer associates the opportunity to spend part of the summer in our traditional program, followed by an assignment at a public interest or community service organization. Summer associates spend up to four weeks with the organization and, together with our firm’s pro bono partner, choose where they will work.

We established the Morgan Lewis Community Experience in 2001. Summer associates who select the ML Community Experience will receive a stipend equal to the salary that they would have received at the firm as a summer associate.

In prior years, summer associates have worked for organizations including:

  • Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
  • Manhattan Legal Services
  • Education Law Center
  • Legal Aid Society - Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
  • Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • LSNY Manhattan Legal Services
  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • The National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Public Radio
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid
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Experience a fully immersive summer working at one of our offices in the United States.

Our Firm Experience offers summer associates a traditional law firm experience. Law students spend all 10 weeks working on real assignments and engaging with lawyers and clients in one of our US offices. At the end of the 10-week period, law students leave with a very clear picture of the day-to-day life of a Morgan Lewis attorney.

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In early July, Morgan Lewis begins accepting resumes for our summer associate program from law students going into their second year of law school. We typically conclude our interviewing process by early November.

If you are unable to secure an on-campus interview, you may submit your resume here.

Campus Visits Schedule
Law School Date
American University Washington College of Law 8/6/2018
Boston College Law School 8/8/2018
Boston University School of Law 8/9/2018
Catholic University of America Law School 8/6/2018
Columbia University Law School 8/1/2018
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 7/30/2018
Duke University School of Law 7/30/2018
Fordham University School of Law 7/30/2018
George Washington University Law School 7/30/2018
Georgetown University Law Center 8/6/2018
Harvard Law School 8/10/2018
Howard University School of Law 8/6/2018
Indiana University School of Law
8/1/2018
Loyola University Chicago School of Law 8/9/2018
New England School of Law
8/9/2018
New York University School of Law 8/6/2018
Northeastern University School of Law 8/1/2018
Northwestern University School of Law 8/3/2018
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden 8/6/2018
Santa Clara University School of Law 8/1/2018
Stanford University Law School 8/8/2018
Temple University, Beasley School of Law 8/6/2018
University of California, Berkeley School of Law 8/3/2018
University of California, Davis School of Law 7/30/2018
University of California, Hastings College of Law 8/2/2018
University of California, Irvine, School of Law 8/1/2018
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law 8/1/2018
University of Chicago Law School
8/7/2018 
University of Houston Law Center 8/6/2018
University of Illinois College of Law 8/8/2018
University of Michigan Law School 8/7/2018
University of Pennsylvania Law School 8/6/2018
University of San Francisco School of Law 7/31/2018
University of Southern California Law School 8/8/2018
University of Texas School of Law 8/8/2018
University of Virginia School of Law 8/6/2018
Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law 8/6/2018
Yale Law School 8/8/2018

Whether you join us as a summer associate or trainee, from a judicial clerkship or as a lateral attorney, there is a career path at Morgan Lewis for you.

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Former judicial clerks bring valuable real-world experience to our legal practice. Their experiences, skills, and knowledge add to our rich and dynamic culture and contribute directly to our ability to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Because of this, we've established a legacy of attracting and retaining former judicial clerks. Morgan Lewis is proud to have more than 150 former judicial clerks.

To serve the diverse needs of our clients, we actively seek lawyers with experience as judicial clerks from both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

We recruit judicial clerks into specific practices and offices.

Whether you join us as a summer associate or trainee, from a judicial clerkship or as a lateral attorney, there is a career path at Morgan Lewis for you.

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Morgan Lewis has international programs for students in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Moscow, and Singapore. Each program is designed to give law students real world experience with a genuinely global perspective.

The Frankfurt office sends promising German Referendare to our US offices for internships. The typical Referendare has received excellent training in German law, but has not been trained in the US or in any other common law system. This program helps bring a global dimension to your education. If you have completed a two-year clerkship, the Second State Legal Exam, and are fluent in English, you may qualify.

As a Referendare, you will spend your first three weeks in the Morgan Lewis Frankfurt office, where you will receive an overall orientation. You will then spend approximately two months working with a partner in one of our US offices, who will serve as your mentor. You will be given many opportunities to experience the similarities and differences between German statutory and American common law. While in the US, you will work on active cases and be immersed in the day-to-day business of the firm.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ulrich Korth, partner and sponsor of the program, at our Frankfurt office.

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Trainees in our London office work directly with senior lawyers across practices and industry groups on complex and, frequently, cross-border matters. We offer a hands-on and varied experience where trainees build a thorough understanding of our firm’s business and of working with international, high-profile clients.

Engagement and teamwork are the foundation of the training you will experience at Morgan Lewis. You can expect to be an active member of a busy team, and play a real part in doing challenging legal work. While classic “seat” allocations bring a practice area focus to each six-month phase of your training, the versatility and integration of our lawyers ensures that you will have a varied workload and regular exposure to diverse learning experiences. We currently offer seats in Antitrust, Corporate & Business Transactions, Finance, Investment Management, Labour & Employment, Litigation, Structured Transactions and Tax, as well as the occasional client secondment in London. The majority of our trainees will also undertake a secondment in one of our international offices, including Brussels and Dubai.

Pay and Benefits

Candidates who have accepted a training contract offer with Morgan Lewis will receive a maintenance grant of £10,000 (paid in instalments), as well as the full payment of fees for both the GDL and LPC. The firm does not provide retrospective funding for law school fees or maintenance grants.

1st year salary: £47,000 per annum.
2nd year salary: £52,000 per annum.
Qualification salary: £105,000 per annum.

Benefits include life assurance, private medical and dental insurance, pension and income protection.

Applications for our 2021 Training Contracts are now open and close at midnight on 15 July 2019.

Apply for a training contract starting in February or August 2021 >>

Summer Vacation Scheme

Our two-week summer vacation scheme provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the firm, meet some of our people, and gain insight into life at Morgan Lewis.  During the scheme, students will be given as much hands-on experience as possible, as well as be given the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and various social activities. 

Applications for our 2019 summer vacation scheme in the London office are now open and will close at midnight on 31 January 2019.

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What we look for

Candidates applying for either our summer scheme or training contract will need a strong academic record, including a minimum of AAB at A Level (or equivalent) and a 2:1 (predicted or gained) in their undergraduate degree. 

Our online application form is the first opportunity for you to provide us with information that will help us to get to know you. We look for a range of prior work experience (a mixture of law and non-law), volunteering and extra-curricular activities to demonstrate the development of your skills and experience. In particular, we are looking for candidates to show us their commercial awareness, team spirit, resilience and passion for a career in law.

Applications for both our summer scheme and training contract programmes are open to penultimate year law students, final year non-law students and graduates. If you have any queries on either our summer scheme or training contract recruitment process, please contact the graduate recruitment team at: LondonTrainingProgramme@morganlewis.com.

Open Days 2019

Our Open Days run in the spring of each year. The one-day programme is a great way to learn more about Morgan Lewis as a firm and about commercial law in general.  We will introduce you to our key practice areas in the London office and give you the opportunity to meet with some of our trainees during a Q&A session. You will also sit down with some of our partners and associates over an informal lunch, before attending a number of skills sessions.

Our Open Days are open to anyone in their first year of a law degree, or penultimate year of a non-law degree. Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining why you wish to attend to londontrainingprogramme@morganlewis.com. If your application is successful, you will be invited for a telephone interview, before being offered a place on the day.

Applications will open on 1 December and close on 28 February. Telephone interviews take place in early March.

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Our summer program is designed for current law students who have completed three years of school and are interested in an internship with the firm for all or part of the summer.

We offer a great opportunity to experience the real professional life of a lawyer from the inside of a leading international law firm. Our summer associates develop their abilities while involved in a wide variety of projects with our lawyers, and we are proud to say that a number of our current associates began their careers as summer associates.

Summer associate candidates must

  • have completed at least three years of law school;
  • be fluent in both Russian and English;
  • reside in Moscow permanently or for summer 2018; and
  • if applicable, have a Russian work permit.

To apply, please submit the following to cvmoscow@morganlewis.com before April 28, 2018: your CV in English, which should include your grade point average, and one-page essay in English on any recent legal development in Russia that you believe is the most important.

Questions? Please contact Yulia Lytaeva at +7.495.212.2566.

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Get a head start and enhance your appreciation for the practice of law at our Singapore office. We offer a practical training programme that gives outstanding students an opportunity to get hands-on training in regional and international transactions and cases. Successful candidates are talented law students with strong academics, drive, and curiosity, who are eager to learn.

The Morgan Lewis Stamford Practice Training Contracts programme offers trainees maximum exposure through a rotation of all our practice groups. You will receive support from senior lawyers, practical scheduled training modules covering major aspects of corporate, commercial, finance and dispute resolution practice, and a dedicated mentor for career guidance.

  • Attractive honorarium through the Practice Training Period, currently set at S$2,000/month
  • Reimbursement of compulsory course fees upon retention
  • A market-leader for annual packages of newly qualified lawyers

Our internship programmes run from May to August. Send applications by mail or electronically to:

The Recruitment Director
Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC
10 Collyer Quay
Level 27-00 Ocean Financial Centre
Singapore 049315
Email: singaporerecruitment@morganlewis.com

Applicants should include: Cover letter stating your preferred area of practice, a recent photo, your Curriculum Vitae, transcripts of results achieved in your LLB examinations to date, and copies of “O” and “A” level certificates.

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