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Your Career Begins Here

The goal of the Sidley summer program is to provide law students with the experience of what it is like to be a lawyer at Sidley. As a summer associate, you can expect the opportunity to work on substantive and complex matters, as well as participate in a variety of training and professional development programs.

Our 2020 summer program, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, balanced local office programming with national firm events and opportunities. From professional development seminars and pro bono panels, to weekly diversity and well-being sessions, our program was an enriching and rewarding experience. We look forward to sharing the details of the 2021 summer program as they become available.

For more information on how Sidley has supported it’s personnel, clients and community during COVID-19, please visit Sidley’s COVID-19 Resource Center..

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.

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 and applications for the 2021 Program will open in June 2020. For general enquiries please contact Nicole Katz at ukrecruitment@sidley.com.

OCI Resources

This season, Sidley will be conducting virtual “on campus” interviews at more than 30 law schools and at several job fairs. While much of our recruitment will take place virtually in 2020-21, our commitment to recruit and retain top-tier talent remains the same.

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 2021
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.

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

Recruiting Calendar

2020 On-Campus Interview and Job Fair Schedule