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2025 Summer Program Opportunities – 2L | McDermott Will & Emery

Build your big career with the Firm that does Big Law better. McDermott Will & Emery is a leading global law firm that brings together more than 1,400 lawyers and 1,200 business professionals. We celebrate excellence, collaboration and community and have been recognized as a top workplace by The American LawyerWorking Mother MagazineVault and the Human Rights Campaign.

At McDermott, we don’t just invest in your future, we accelerate your career – wherever it may lead. That includes supporting you both in and outside of the office, with our attorneys receiving personalized guidance, structured mentorship and confidential career coaching.

With us, you’ll find:

  • A Firm where everyone belongs: Our award-winning culture prioritizes warmth and authenticity  we encourage you to be yourself!
  • Enthusiasm for diverse perspectives: We’re smarter and stronger when everyone has a voice and a seat at the table. We welcome unique viewpoints and ideas, and we make opportunities for you and your career to thrive.
  • Support to feel your best and do your best: Wellness is integral to building a successful career and a rich life. That’s why our benefits program supports your physical, emotional, mental and financial health, with an emphasis on work/life balance. We’re proud to be the first firm to offer billable hours for wellness.
  • Real rewards for real work: We offer generous compensation packages that recognize hard work and excellence.Our individual merit-based system enabled 65% of our associates to earn above the Cravath scale in 2023.

McDermott Will & Emery is seeking 2L summer associates to join us for our 10 week 2025 Summer Associate Program. Our program offers summer associates a realistic introduction to the practice of law and day-to-day life as a McDermott associate. The summer associate program provides meaningful responsibility and feedback that is consistent with a junior associate experience. Summer associates are given the opportunity to accept assignments with many of our practice groups during the summer. This allows summers to experience the type of work they are interested in first-hand and ultimately steer them toward the type of work they enjoy.

In 2025, we will host formal summer programs in our Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC offices. With the exception of our Intellectual Property group, McDermott does not hire summer associates into specific practice areas. However, our first-year associates are placed into practice areas. Therefore, we seek to align summer associates’ general practice interests with local office practice representation. Below is an overview of the general practice areas which we expect to place our 2025 summer class as first year associates.  

Boston: Corporate Advisory (M&A/Private Equity), Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Employment Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Litigation

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

  • A resume and writing sample
  • A cover letter (indicating practice area(s) of interest)
  • An undergraduate transcript and most up to date law school transcript
2L Inclusion Fellowship

As part of McDermott’s longstanding commitment to promoting a more equitable & inclusive law firm, we are proud to offer our 2L Inclusion Fellowship Program.


The 2L Inclusion Fellowship is open to all second-year law students that apply and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

To be considered, the candidate must:

  • Submit a personal statement of 1000 words or less that narrates why the applicant wants to be a lawyer and what justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI) at a law firm means to them submitted to 2LInclusionFellowship@mwe.com (additional information below)
  • Have an anticipated JD graduation date in Spring 2026 at the time of application from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (JDEI) within the firm as a product of life experiences or challenges/obstacles in advancing professional objectives
  • Receive and accept a 2025 Summer Program offer
  • Participate in the first 8 weeks or full 10 weeks of the 2025 Summer Program
  • Not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another Firm during the same period

Application Process

Candidates who submit a write-in application or receive a callback invitation through their school’s OCI process and wish to be considered for a 2L Inclusion Fellowship are required to supplement their online application with an email to 2LInclusionFellowship@mwe.com indicating their intent to apply for the 2L Inclusion Fellowship, as well as submit a personal statement of 1000 words or less that narrates why the applicant wants to be a lawyer and what justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI) at a law firm means to them.

As part of our ongoing commitment to be #AlwaysBetter for our people, clients and communities, we have created a culture of belonging that champions your individuality as both a person and a professional. From our competitive compensation, top benefits and award-winning professional development programs to industry-leading wellness initiatives, we support you through every stage of your life and career. With McDermott, you can live a life you love both in and outside of the office.