Deciding where to begin your legal career can be overwhelming. We offer a number of advantages that make us an ideal firm at which to launch your career—a longstanding culture built on respect and teamwork, cutting-edge work, an impressive global client roster, unsurpassed training and career support, and early responsibility. We’re a firm truly dedicated to our lawyers’ professional development. Take a moment to learn more about what you can expect as a summer and a first-year associate.
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One thing that has been constant here is our culture. We have an incredibly collegial environment, and that is critically important to our client service and our ability to retain and attract top talent. This is a place where people are valued.”
Why Choose Us
Participating in our summer program will give you a chance to see firsthand what it’s like to practice law at the highest level, to contribute to actual client matters, and to benefit from bespoke training and mentorship. Whether you join us in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington, D.C., you’ll be exposed to cutting-edge, industry-defining work for the world’s leading businesses and organizations.
REAL WORK There’s no such thing as busywork. Instead, our summer associates’ assignments are drawn from the firm’s active matters and transactions, including pro bono. You’ll work with lawyers who are leaders in their fields, and receive regular feedback and support along the way.
BESPOKE TRAINING We’re committed to helping you reach your highest potential. To foster your growth and development, our summer associate program features a best-in-class training program with numerous sessions on both practical and soft skills, as well as presentations on the firm and our various practice groups.
MENTORSHIP We don’t believe in a uniform approach to career development. That’s why we pair each summer associate with a team of lawyers and business support professionals who provide individualized mentorship, guidance and feedback throughout the program. The team also facilitates connections with other colleagues at the firm, helping you to forge lasting relationships within the Ropes & Gray community.
SOCIAL EVENTS We know how important it is to feel welcomed and engaged when joining a new firm. That’s why our summer program includes a multitude of opportunities for you to get to know your fellow summer associates and other lawyers at the firm. Social events include informal lunches and dinners, wellness activities, sporting events, cultural outings, community service, and firm-sponsored forum activities.
While the vast majority of our entry-level class is filled by our summer program, our needs vary and we sometimes have opportunities for 3Ls. For candidates interested in applying for a first year associate position, please submit an application by applying below.
We value the unique perspective, skills and experience you gained as a law clerk. For those who join us, we offer a competitive market bonus, as well as top-notch training opportunities.
Our New York and Boston offices frequently hire LL.M. graduates who have a specialization in tax. Students are generally recruited in the final year of their LL.M. through the Taxation Interview Program in the spring. The core of our tax practice at consists of domestic and cross-border tax planning. Our clients include public and private companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, public and private mutual funds, hedge funds, and other unregistered pooled vehicles, including sovereign wealth funds, fund sponsors and advisors, institutional investors, and other institutions with a significant capital market presence, such as domestic and foreign tax-exempt entities and a number of family offices. To learn, more about our robust tax practice, please visit our Tax practice group page.
Should you join the firm as a first-year associate, you’ll receive continued training and development opportunities, exciting work and progressive levels of responsibility. Your first few weeks at the firm will be spent at an extensive first-year training camp, featuring sessions on practical and soft skills, as well as presentations on the firm and its various practices. You’ll also have access to hundreds of other training programs, cohort retreats, and management and leadership conferences throughout your tenure at the firm.
During the pandemic, we also started Ropes Remote University for our first-year associates. This comprehensive program incorporates hot topics in the legal industry, knowledge management initiatives and substantive legal training for new lawyers providing a strong foundation for a legal career.
Another key resource during your first year and beyond will be our team of associate development partners (ADPs) and associate development managers (ADMs). ADPs and ADMs work together to help you manage your work assignments, integrate into your practice and reach your fullest potential at the firm. The team will also play a key role in the firm’s comprehensive review process, and act as a trusted resource as you respond to feedback and take steps to progress toward greater levels of responsibility.
Other associate initiatives include the Global Opportunities (GO) Program, the Flex Program and various diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
To learn more about our work, the support we give our associates, our diversity, equity and inclusion and pro bono efforts, please visit Life at Ropes & Gray.
Fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment is one of Ropes & Gray’s most important missions. Welcoming and valuing diversity in all aspects of the firm’s operations is fundamental to our core values of excellence, fairness and integrity. To further support our commitment to diversity within the firm and the legal profession, we have established the 1L Diversity Fellowship for 1L law students and the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship for 2L law students. The 1L Diversity Fellowship and 2L Diversity Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who exemplify leadership, resilience, and a commitment to promoting diversity within the legal profession.
Ropes & Gray’s 1L Diversity Fellowship offers a select number of highly qualified first-year law students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the firm’s 2022 Summer Associate Program. In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to spend a portion of the summer working with one of the firm’s clients and participate in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) programming.
Ropes & Gray 1L Diversity Fellows participating in the 2022 Summer Associate Program are eligible to receive an offer to return for their 2L summer. Fellows that accept their offer will receive a $20,000 (pre-tax) scholarship at the end of their 2L summer. Fellows that receive and accept a permanent offer will receive an additional $20,000 (pre-tax) scholarship upon starting at the firm as an associate.
To apply for the Ropes & Gray 1L Diversity Fellowship, you must be a first-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2024. Candidates who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.
The application for our 2022 1L Diversity Fellowship will be open from December 13, 2021 to February 1, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and should include the following materials:
- Cover letter, noting your practice area interests
- Undergraduate transcript
- Law school transcript (if available)
- Note: If you apply prior to receiving your first-semester grades, you will receive an email in January with instructions to submit your law school transcript.
- Personal statement of no more than 500 words, addressing one or more of the following:
- Your contributions to community service or diversity initiatives
- Experiences or obstacles that have shaped your values and your commitment to diversity and inclusion within the legal profession
- Your leadership qualities or achievements
For candidates interested in applying for the 2022 1L Diversity Fellowship, our application link will be posted on December 13, 2021.
The Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship, named after our first African American partner, awards scholarships of $25,000 to a number of outstanding 2L students to help offset the expenses of their legal education, and a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school.
At this time, we have concluded our review of applications for the 2022 Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship. Our application for the 2023 Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship will open in Spring 2022.
Ready to join us?
At this time, we have concluded our review of 2L applications for the 2022 Summer Associate Program.
For candidates interested in applying for the 2022 1L Diversity Fellowship, our application link will be posted on December 13, 2021. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the rest of our website.
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Tokyo Office Opportunities
The Ropes & Gray Tokyo office is seeking to hire graduates via the summer associate program to eventually work in its growing and vibrant practice. Candidates must have a solid interest in corporate transactional practice, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and leveraged finance. The ideal candidate must be fluent and able to conduct business in both Japanese and English. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Ropes & Gray summer associate program, with a guaranteed seat in the Tokyo office after working in the United States for two years. Interested applicants should apply for the firm’s summer associate program.
Be Part of a Team That is Unmatched
At Ropes & Gray, people work together to reach a common goal. We are about high-functioning, highly engaged global teams and creating something greater than the sum of our parts. Each and every one of us plays a critical role in the success of our clients.