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Each year, we interview accomplished students at top law schools for our summer associate program, seeking candidates we believe will be successful associates and ultimately develop into future partners of the firm. In addition to academic success, Sidley values drive, integrity, confidence, leadership, and maturity as well as strong interpersonal skills.


Sidley uses the Suited Assessment as part of our candidate evaluation and recruitment process to expand our consideration of candidates beyond traditional hiring metrics. Information on what is measured by the assessment, Suited’s data retention policies, and how to request a reasonable accommodation may be found here. Completing the assessment is an optional part of our recruiting process and the assessment can be completed here. For more information regarding Sidley’s use of Suited, please contact us at To see the results of our AEDT bias audit required under New York City Local Law 144, please click here.


This year, in addition to OCI recruiting at top schools around the country, Sidley is offering two online application review timeframes for candidates to consider: an Early Application Period and a General Application Period. Our Early Application Period for 2025 Summer Associate Applications will open on May 31, 2024. By participating in our Early Application Period, you will receive a decision from Sidley earlier in the recruitment process. For more information, please view our timeline below.



Individual Sidley offices occasionally hire first-year law students for summer associate positions. The firm generally considers applications from November to February. Interested 1Ls should click here to apply to the office(s) in which they are interested in working.

Built to Succeed Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Sidley will award a limited number of the Built to Succeed Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of $50,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2025 Sidley 2L summer associates. Scholarship recipients will receive $25,000 upon joining Sidley as a summer associate and the remaining $25,000 will be paid after joining the firm as a full-time associate.

For more information, visit the Built to Succeed Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship page.

How to Apply

To apply for the Built to Succeed Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, applicants must submit their resume, current law school transcript, a completed application form, and a personal statement.

Please contact Tabitha Hill with any questions regarding the scholarship,

Application Timeline

Given the highly selective nature of the Built to Succeed Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship℠, and the limited number of scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications prior to their call-back interview. The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is August 16, 2024. Applications are considered and decisions are reached on a rolling basis.

Please note that the scholarship application is not an application for employment. You must apply separately for a summer associate position.

Recruiting Contacts

If you have questions about the summer associate program or recruiting process, please reach out to the contact in your office of interest.

Boston: Lauryn Bronstein,
Chicago: Olivia Schmit,
Dallas: Kate Robinson,
Houston: Ellie Tamplain,
Century City/Los Angeles: Susan McGrady,
Miami: Paris Kalhor,
New York: Katrina Heinig,
Palo Alto: Lauren Johnston,
San Francisco: Lauren Johnston,
Washington, D.C.: Sarah Bergen,

EEO Statement

Sidley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, citizenship status, national origin, veteran status and any other factor protected by applicable law.


How long is the summer program?

The summer program typically runs for 10 weeks.

Does Sidley allow students to split their summer?

We encourage our summer associates to spend all 10 weeks with us, although alternate arrangements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What kind of training does the firm provide to summer associates?

We offer formal training sessions to further develop your skills in areas including legal research and writing, taking depositions, negotiation, closings and drafting contracts. Summer associates are also encouraged to attend in-house CLE seminars and workshops as well as local bar association and other educational programs.

Is there a mentoring program for summer associates?

The firm will assign you partner and associate mentors and advisors, who will support and guide you throughout the summer.

Will I have the opportunity to work on pro bono projects as a summer associate?

Summer Associates may have the opportunity to assist Sidley lawyers with ongoing pro bono projects. Sidley has established six firm-wide pro bono initiatives: the Capital Litigation Project, the Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project, the Veterans Advocacy Project, the Emerging Enterprises Program, Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties, and Pro Bono Project for the Arts.

What kind of social activities are planned for summer associates?

We schedule a variety of social events throughout the summer to help you get better acquainted with the lawyers in your office and experience all that your city has to offer. These can include lunches and dinners, sporting events, plays, concerts, museum exhibitions, cooking classes, volunteer opportunities, and other recreational and cultural activities.