Summer Associates

Wachtell Lipton is recruiting highly qualified law students for our 2025 summer associate program. The objective of our summer program is to immerse our summer associates in our culture and work environment in order to provide an experience that closely mirrors that of a newly hired associate.

We seek to expose our summer associates to all facets of our legal practice including high-stakes negotiations, deals, client meetings, courtroom proceedings, depositions and business travel. At the core of the program is the opportunity for our summer associates to get to know us; a small close-knit group of lawyers who work as a team on demanding, high-profile matters that command the attention of the legal and business worlds.

Participants in our summer program will rotate through several practice areas, allowing them to explore those that interest them most. We seek individuals who have strong academic records, meaningful work experience and are also highly motivated and eager to contribute to our continued record of success.

We invite you to apply to Wachtell Lipton’s summer associate program. This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse and exceptional team of lawyers and professionals who form the foundation of the firm’s ongoing success and groundbreaking achievements in the law.

This year, we will be participating in interview programs hosted by the law schools as listed below. If you are a student at a law school where we are not participating in their interview program, we invite you to apply for a 2025 Summer Associate position by following this link to our direct application.  Our 2025 Summer Associate application will open on Monday, June 3rd.  

2024 Recruiting Programs by Law School

Columbia Law School
Harvard Law School
New York University School of Law
Stanford Law School
University of Chicago Law School
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Yale Law School