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Your Career Begins Here

Sidley’s summer associate program will motivate you to work hard and challenge yourself while preparing you for a career in law. Our program will give you a realistic view of the firm’s practice areas, including what it’s like to work on substantive matters for high-caliber clients. You will get a feel for our culture of collegiality working alongside talented lawyers who are committed to your professional development, providing mentorship and support to make sure your summer experience is successful.

Limitless Opportunities

In most offices, summer associates are able to choose your own assignments and create a workflow that best suits your professional interests. We also provide practical on-the-job training, such as writing seminars, mock trials and mock negotiation exercises, to help you build your skillset and sharpen your critical thinking.

Throughout the summer, we schedule a variety of social events, as well as volunteer and pro bono opportunities, so that you can explore the city and get to know our lawyers outside of the office.

We offer a world of opportunities to make your mark – join our summer associate program and discover why Sidley is a great place to begin your career.

U.S. Summer Associate Program in London

We are pleased to announce that we will be recruiting this August for our Summer Associate Program in Sidley’s London office. Openings are available for a select number of eligible students who have completed their second year of law school and are interested in private equity. The 10-week program provides an exciting opportunity to gain insight into our thriving London office and to work closely with our team of extraordinary lawyers on a variety of complex transactional matters, including leveraged buyouts, distressed investments, debt and equity restructurings, growth equity investments, joint ventures, fund formations and management incentive plans. Please note we are not currently hiring for non-transactional roles for practice areas such as litigation, arbitration, international trade and antitrust.

Outlining Your Success

We have a reputation for representing sophisticated clients on innovative, challenging transactions, which makes life here at Sidley both engaging and incredibly rewarding. Our summer associate program is structured to provide law students with the opportunity to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in some of the most interesting private equity deals in Europe. While at Sidley, you will be surrounded by dynamic, driven individuals who not only are recognized leaders in their respective fields, but are also passionate about associate mentorship and training.

About the Firm

Sidley is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm is well regarded as an exceptional adviser to global businesses, with more than 1,900 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to superior client service and to offering creative, commercial advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law.

We are dedicated to offering an inclusive and welcoming culture, and to increasing the diversity of the legal profession as a whole. Our mission is to continually attract, retain and promote outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that we serve.

Our London Office

The London office is Sidley’s largest in Europe, where we also have offices in Brussels, Geneva and Munich. Our lawyers work on domestic and cross-border matters in many European jurisdictions, and have led myriad high-profile transactions across our multidisciplinary practice areas.

Sidley has one of the preeminent private equity practices in Europe and will offer students the best of both worlds in London—the experience of working in one of the largest international law firms in the world with the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here, you will be able to develop the skills required to become an entrepreneurial, well-rounded lawyer in an energetic and collegial environment.

Our office is located at Woolgate Exchange in the heart of the City, with views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and close to all that the area has to offer—fantastic restaurants and bars, the Barbican arts complex, shopping and sporting facilities.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 Summer Associate Program have now closed. For general enquiries please contact Nicole Katz at ukrecruitment@sidley.com.

OCI Resources

This summer, Sidley will be conducting interviews on campus at more than 30 law schools and at several job fairs during July and August.

We know that you’ll be thoroughly researching the law firms you’ll be interviewing with, and we want to help you learn as much about Sidley as possible. We hope you find the resources on this page useful in preparing to meet us during the OCI season.

If you are not able to interview with Sidley during the OCI season, click here to apply to the office(s) in which you are interested in working. For more information, see How to Apply.

Additional Resources

Opportunity Without Limits
See Yourself at Sidley
Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for Summer 2020
Women in Leadership
Tiers of Professional Training and Development
Chambers Associate Profile

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NALP Forms

For detailed information about the offices where we actively recruit law students, please click on the links below to view our NALP forms. To view the NALP standards for the timing of offers and decisions, click here.

Greater Los Angeles
New York
Palo Alto
San Francisco
Washington, D.C.

Recruiting Calendar

2019 On-Campus Interview and Job Fair Schedule