The Susman Godfrey Summer Associate Experience
Susman Godfrey offers a unique, four-week summer program to 2L and pre-clerkship 3L law students. As a summer associate, you will gain meaningful experience doing real legal work on cases for the firm’s clients under the supervision and guidance of Susman Godfrey trial lawyers.
Our summer program is designed to give you a realistic look at what it is like to be an associate at Susman Godfrey. Unlike many other law firms, our summer associates do not receive make-work or “practice assignments.” Instead, you will play an important role as a member of our trial teams as we work up our cases, make arguments to judges, and prepare for trial.
We strive to make sure that our summer associates have the true “trial lawyer” experience. Our summer associates regularly observe Susman Godfrey lawyers in action at trials, depositions, mediations, and client meetings.
But it’s not just work—we want you to get to know our people, too. During your four weeks here, you will have the opportunity to get to know our attorneys through a wide range of social events.
As a summer associate, you will receive a brief yet realistic glimpse at the challenges, excitement, and unparalleled opportunities our associates experience on a daily basis.
2023 1L Summer Diversity Fellowship
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, Susman Godfrey seeks the brightest legal minds from all backgrounds who excelled in their first semester of law school and are interested in trial work. We strongly encourage women, racial minorities, LGBTQ students, and anyone from a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession to apply for our 1-L Diversity Fellowship.
Each fellowship recipient will spend two weeks doing substantive legal work alongside our summer associates and attorneys. Fellows will receive $5,000 (less applicable withholding taxes) upon completion of the program.
How to apply
We encourage you to submit an application as early as possible, as we may make offers on a rolling basis. The deadline for our Summer 2022 program is February 10, 2023.
Complete the fellowship application here. Applications must include:
- a cover letter indicating the Susman Godfrey office in which you want to work;
- a current resume;
- a law school transcript containing first semester grades and your undergraduate transcript;
- the name, phone number, and email address of at least two references—one of which should be a law school professor who can comment on the quality of your work; and
- a 500-word max statement about yourself—detailing your diverse background, how that has shaped who you are, and what you plan to do to increase diversity in the legal profession.
Please submit your application to Kimberly Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.