Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office opened its doors in 1963 with just three lawyers and has grown to be one of the District’s largest law firms, home to more than 300 lawyers and policy professionals. Located on K Street just two blocks from the White House, we work at the crossroads of law and policy, providing comprehensive regulatory, policy and litigation services to domestic and international clients in numerous industries.

Sidley has deep roots in the D.C. community, devoting tens of thousands of hours each year to pro bono work and other service initiatives through longstanding partnerships with D.C.-based organizations. The office holds an annual “Service Week” that engages lawyers, summer associates and staff in a variety of volunteer activities, such as working at a local soup kitchen, donating blood, making sandwiches for distribution by the Salvation Army, and helping asylees apply for permanent residence in the United States.

As a summer associate in the D.C. office, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from lawyers and policy professionals who have invaluable perspective and experience gained from years of prior government service and clerkships across the country.

Work Assignments

D.C. summer associates perform work that otherwise would be handled by associates and can expect to work with both senior associates and partners of the firm. You will have the freedom to explore projects from multiple practice areas or to emphasize one or two, and will be encouraged to get involved in pro bono projects. You may also have the chance to observe or participate in client conferences, negotiations, witness interviews, depositions and court hearings.

Professional Development

Each summer associate will have access to a partner mentor, an associate mentor and a work advisor, and will receive formal reviews at the midpoint and the end of the summer program. Our formal legal training offerings include litigation skills and appellate advocacy programs, both of which are taught by practicing lawyers and culminate in trial and appellate exercises. Summer associates also have the opportunity to join lawyers in the office at informative breakfast and lunch meetings featuring guest speakers including clients and government officials.

Summer Life in D.C.

An important part of your summer experience is building relationships with your future colleagues. You will be invited to attend a variety of social and cultural events designed to help you get to know our lawyers and your fellow summers while experiencing all that Washington, D.C. has to offer. 

As a summer associate in the D.C. office, your calendar might include activities like:

  • Sampling the District’s international cuisine at lunches, happy hours and dinners with associates and partners
  • Attending Washington Nationals baseball games
  • Participating in bowling, bocce and kickball games
  • Taking a cooking class with your fellow summer associates
  • Immersing yourself in D.C. culture by visiting monuments and museums located only minutes away from the office