Summer Program

Our summer program gives you a sense of a junior associate’s life at Latham.

As a summer associate, you will meaningfully contribute to work through our Unassigned Program, which empowers you to explore our 50+ practices, while balancing the firm’s strategic needs, and participating in pro bono matters. We encourage you to pursue your interests and gain valuable substantive experience by collaborating with leading experts across various fields. 

Assigned mentors will answer your questions and help guide you through the summer. Like our associates, you will be engaged in substantive matters and receive real-time feedback.

At Summer Academy — a highlight of our summer program — you will join summer associates from across the firm and immerse yourself in Latham’s culture through training seminars and social events.

Networking and building relationships with Latham professionals is an essential part of your summer — and your career. You will have opportunities to join practice group presentations, participate in affinity group events, and attend casual lunches and social events with our lawyers.

This is an opportunity for US law students who have an anticipated JD graduation year of 2026 at an ABA-accredited school to learn from some of the best in the profession, hone their skills, and grow their talents.

2025 2L applications are open. Through Latham Early Action Days (LEAD), you can apply early to our summer program from June 10 through June 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2L general application period is June 18 through July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. By participating in LEAD, you can receive a decision earlier on in the process. This is a great approach if you have a strong interest in working at Latham. APPLY NOW.

2025 1L applications will open later this fall; sign up to be notified when applications open.

Learn more about summer program opportunities for US law students in Hong Kong, London, and Singapore.

Selection Criteria

The application process is open to all law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Latham’s Recruiting Committee will evaluate all applications and consider the following factors:

  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals
  • Relevant experience (academic, clinical, externship, and/or employment)

General Application Requirements

A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application
    • Please only submit one application to your most preferred office. If you have additional offices of interest, you may include them in the additional information section of your application. Any subsequent application(s) will not be considered.
  • Cover Letter (required for Asia and London offices)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript (including your complete grades for your 1L year)
    • We strongly encourage you to submit your application with your final transcript for a faster review. Your application is complete only after we receive your final transcript. If your spring grades are pending, submit your current transcript now and email your final transcript to AssociateRecruiting.Global@lw.com once available.

IP Litigation Summer Program (1L & 2L)

Latham’s IP Litigation Summer Program offers aspiring IP litigators an unparalleled depth of training, tailored mentoring from lawyers in our award-winning IP Litigation practice, and an offer of summer employment. 1L and 2L IP Litigation Summer Associates will join an all-star team of skilled attorneys focused primarily on complex patent trials, appeals, inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and related business counseling. Applications are accepted in our Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. offices. Candidates should only apply to either the IP Litigation Summer Program OR the Unassigned Program. If you have any questions on which program best suits your unique talents and skills, please reach out to Julia Graham.

Our IP Litigation Summer Program offers a unique opportunity to US law students, who have an anticipated JD graduation year of 2026 at an ABA-accredited school. The 10-week program includes:

  • All of the benefits of Latham’s Unassigned Summer Program, but with a dedicated focus on IP Litigation. 
  • In-depth legal training, mentoring and networking opportunities. 
  • The opportunity to work closely with our full courtroom-tested team of trial lawyers, technical analysts, and paralegals on high-stakes matters in key patent venues and involving cutting-edge technologies.

Selection Criteria

The application process is open to all law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Latham’s Recruiting Committee will evaluate all applications and consider the following factors:

  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals
  • Relevant experience (academic, clinical, externship, and/or employment)
  • Relevant technical background (engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, or physics)
  • Desire to practice in the IP Litigation Group

General Application Requirements

A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application
    • Please only submit one application to your most preferred office. If you have additional offices of interest, you may include them in the additional information section of your application. Any subsequent application(s) will not be considered.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript (including your complete grades for your 1L year) and undergraduate transcript
    • We strongly encourage you submit your application with your final transcript for a faster review. Your application is complete only after we receive your final transcript. If your spring grades are pending, submit your current transcript now and email your final transcript to AssociateRecruiting.Global@lw.com once available.

Dates and Deadlines

  • 2025 2L applications are open. Through Latham Early Action Days (LEAD), you can apply early to our summer program from June 10 through June 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2L general application period is June 18 through July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. By participating in LEAD, you can receive a decision earlier on in the process. This is a great approach if you have a strong interest in working at Latham. APPLY NOW.
  • 2025 1L applications will open later this fall; sign up to be notified when applications open.

Not sold on IP Litigation? Applicants who are not ready to fully commit to IP Litigation work can still apply for our Unassigned Summer Program.