Sidley opened its New York office more than 100 years ago in 1914 and is now one of New York City’s largest law offices. Lawyers offer advice to clients ranging from financial services, to businesses at the forefront of revolutionary technology. The office, with 400 lawyers, serves many of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, sovereign governments, banks, and multinational corporations as well as private entities and funds. Sidley maintains longstanding relationships with many of those clients, earned through decades of scrupulous service and the talent of our lawyers.

The New York office has highly regarded practices that handle capital markets, investment funds, tax, finance, private equity, corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, M&A, real estate, litigation, antitrust, white collar and FCPA matters. Our practitioners also have extensive experience in the life sciences, insurance and financial services industries.

Our 10-week program offers law students the opportunity to be a member of a team of lawyers handling complex transactional and litigation matters at one of the premier law firms in New York.

Work Assignments

Summer associates in the New York office can experience firsthand how groundbreaking matters are handled. You will work with former prosecutors and leading practitioners on litigation, FCPA and anticorruption matters that regularly relate to front-page financial and business news, and with transactional lawyers who advise clients on multibillion-dollar deals and assist in the creation of leading private investment funds.

Summer associates are given assignments that range from deposition outlines and witness prep to drafting motions and briefs, and from drafting corporate agreements to working on deal closings. Many summer associates get to see our lawyers in action by observing hearings and client meetings. You will also be able to participate in some of our pro bono matters, including asylum cases, nonprofit organizations’ issues, uncontested divorce cases, immigration matters and other projects being handled by our lawyers.

Professional Development

Sidley is focused on the individual development of our summer associates. Partner and associate mentors serve as a resource and sounding board throughout the duration of the program.

Our summer training program will help you further develop your legal research, writing and networking skills. The firm provides opportunities to attend a number of training seminars, including negotiation, deposition and writing workshops, and communication and networking tips programs.

Summer Life in New York

An important part of your summer experience is building relationships with your future colleagues. Throughout the summer you will be invited to attend a mix of large- and small-scale social events as well as locally sponsored networking events, and to participate in both firmwide and office-wide programming. You will get to know our lawyers and your fellow summers professionally and personally while experiencing all that New York has to offer.

As a summer associate in New York, your calendar might include:

  • Taking in a Broadway show 
  • Participating in a team-building Iron Chef-style cooking competition
  • Attending private tours of some of Manhattan’s world-renowned museums
  • Participating in community service events like the office's annual Sidley Service Day
  • Experiencing the city's finest restaurants at lunches, happy hours and dinners with associates and partners