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Summer Associate Program

Sheppard Mullin places a major emphasis on its Summer Associate Program as the primary vehicle to attract high-achieving law students from diverse backgrounds to the firm. The program is designed to acquaint students with the firm's practice (through hands-on work experience) and lawyers (through a variety of fun social activities). By the end of their summer, summer associates gain a full and realistic exposure to the range and quality of the firm’s work, the structure of the firm and the personality of the office.

Sheppard Mullin's Summer Associate Program has consistently secured high rankings in national surveys.  Throughout this decade, our annual firm-wide score in The American Lawyer has always been above 4.5.   

What To Expect

We structure our Summer Associate Program to give law students a realistic view of the way we practice throughout the year. Our summer associates do meaningful work for clients of the firm and work closely with partners and associates in practice fields that they select. In the past, our summer associates have drafted briefs and other pleadings, credit agreements, acquisition agreements and other significant legal documents. Summer associates also attend depositions and court hearings, and work on pro bono projects with supervising attorneys. Our attorneys are urged to provide feedback to summer associates when a project has been completed, and each student receives a mid-summer review.

Sheppard Mullin provides an extensive hands-on training program to summer associates in most of our U.S. offices. 

Social and Cultural Activities

The purpose of our Summer Associate Program is to hire students who will return to Sheppard Mullin as associates and form a lasting relationship with our firm. Toward that end, we provide our summer associates with opportunities to become well-acquainted with the partners and associates in the office, and with the cultural resources of the region in which the office is located. Events in our various offices during the past few summers have included beach parties, white-water rafting, sailing, scavenger hunts, a wine-tasting day-trip and cooking classes. Summer associates are invited to cocktail parties and dinner parties at attorneys' homes, giving them a perspective on the lives of our lawyers outside the office. Summer associates also attend cultural and sporting events, including music and theater productions and major league baseball games.


The weekly compensation for our summer associates in 2018 is $3,462.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the summer program run?

Our Summer Associate Program runs for ten weeks starting in mid-May and concluding in late July. Adjustments can be made for students attending schools that are on the quarter system. We do not allow students to split their summer with another employer.

Do you provide transportation to the firm from my school?

The firm provides round-trip air transportation for out-of-town students between their school and our office; students who elect to drive instead will receive a check for round-trip airfare.

What do I wear to the office?

All of our offices are "business casual."

What kind of mentoring will I have?

Summer associates have at least one associate mentor and, in some offices, two.

Are spouses or significant others included in events?

Our general rule of thumb is that spouses or other guests are included in events which take place over the weekend.

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Recruiting Chairs

Los Angeles

Century City

  • Recruiting Chair: Ronda Jamgotchian
  • Recruiting Administrator: Brittany Olson
  • Recruiting Coordinator: Xavier Maurice


Del Mar

New York

Orange County

  • Recruiting Chair: Dan Bane
  • Recruiting Coordinator: Patty McGraw

Palo Alto

  • Recruiting Chair: John Booher
  • Recruiting Administrator: Candace Sundine

San Diego

  • Recruiting Co-Chairs: Michael Leake and John Dineen
  • Recruiting Manager: Rheanna Smith
  • Recruiting Coordinator: Cindi Robertson

San Francisco

Washington, D.C.

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