Quinn emanuel trial lawyers

Summer
Program
in a Nutshell

You will learn
what it is like to be
an associate.

Our summer program (U.S. offices only) is designed to provide an accurate picture of what life is really like as an associate at the firm. What does that mean?
  • Work on real assignments for real cases.
  • No long, generalized research assignments.
  • Broad variety of experiences: writing motions, attending depositions and trials.
  • Participation in client meetings.
  • Preparation of witnesses.
  • At least one assignment in an area of your choosing.
SUMMER MOCK TRIAL

Summer associates all participate in a mock trial program taught by former AUSAs. The summer associates are given a set of facts of a hypothetical case. They are taught the nuts and bolts of trying a case before a jury:

  • PREPARING
    witnesses

     
  • opening
    statements

     
  • DIRECT
    examinations

     
  • cross
    examinations

     
  • closing
    statements

     

On the final day of the program, the firm hires temporary employees from a local employment agency to act as "jurors" (the same agency that we use for our clients' actual mock trials) and the summer associates get to try the case. The jury deliberates and renders a verdict and afterwards they and the "judge," a partner at the firm, provide feedback.

It is a great experience for both the instructors and the summer associates.

SUMMER EVENTS

Summer events are a great way for summer associates to get to know partners, associates and each other. Click on an office location for a list of typical summer associate events.

San Francisco Giants game, concert at The Greek Theater, cooking school in North Beach
Northern California Combined Events Napa wine trip, scavenger hunt through the streets of San Francisco
Silicon Valley Waterski trip, trampoline event, summer party at a partner’s home.
Los Angeles Disneyland, Magic Castle, trapeze school at the Santa Monica Pier
Chicago Cubs game, cooking school and beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery
Washington, D.C. Go-kart racing, outdoor rock climbing at Great Falls Park, Potomac Dinner Cruise
New York Color War (an all day QE-based scavenger hunt, field events in Madison Square Park, and QE Trivia at the firm’s unofficial watering hole), Hampton's Day (golf, wine tour, and the beach followed by a clambake), Korean BBQ and Karaoke in Koreatown
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San Francisco

San Francisco Giants game, concert at The Greek Theater, cooking school in North Beach

Northern California Combined Events

Napa wine trip, scavenger hunt through the streets of San Francisco

Silicon Valley

Waterski trip, trampoline event, summer party at a partner’s home.

Los Angeles

Disneyland, Magic Castle, trapeze school at the Santa Monica Pier

Chicago

Chicago Cubs game, cooking school and beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery

Washington, D.C.

Go-kart racing, outdoor rock climbing at Great Falls Park, Potomac Dinner Cruise

New York

Color War (an all day QE-based scavenger hunt, field events in Madison Square Park, and QE Trivia at the firm’s unofficial watering hole), Hampton's Day (golf, wine tour, and the beach followed by a clambake), Korean BBQ and Karaoke in Koreatown

ROSE BOWL PARTY

In Los Angeles, over 1,000 clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates attend our annual Rose Bowl Party. It's our very own private carnival on the field of the Rose Bowl. There are rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics! The party starts in the early afternoon and continues until late at night.

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Annual Firm Hike
Full time associates & partners are invited on an annual firm hike that is subsidized by the firm at an exotic location. Past destinations include:
Victoria, British Columbia
Interlaken, Switzerland
Durango, Colorado
Billings, Montana
Taos, New Mexico
Olympic National Park, Washington
Bend, Oregon
Wind River, Wyoming
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Zion Canyon, Utah
Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska
Mt. St. Helens, Washington
Dolomites, Italy
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
  • Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
Our 2015 Summer Associates

Firm wide in 2015, we welcomed 37 summer associates from:

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Stanford Law School
COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL
NYU LAW
UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY of VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY THE SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HASTINGS  COLLEGE THE LAW
GEORGETOWN LAW
TEXAS LAW
Yale Law School
SUMMER ASSOCIATE TESTIMONIALS
  • Quinn doesn’t mess around: three days into my summer, I was on a trial team, working closely with two partners and an associate on trial strategy, witness preparation, and last-minute research.
    - Will Chamberlain
    2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate
  • Quinn Emanuel is not just a good place to be a summer associate, it is the best place.
    - David Pirko
    2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate
  • I can’t speak more highly of the people at Quinn. They are smart, fun, and passionate about their work.
    - Rebecca Eckert-Fong
    2014 San Francisco Summer Associate
  • For the entire summer, I was treated like an associate, not an intern.
    - Amir Badat
    2014 New York Summer Associate
  • The time flies because you are constantly doing meaningful, useful, and interesting work.
    - Anthony Marzocca
    2014 New York Summer Associate
  • Quinn provides summer associates with the unique combination of a laid back, friendly office atmosphere and substantial responsibility on high stakes litigations.
    - Peter Benson
    2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate
  • You'll do real work, you'll feel like you matter, and if you're into litigation, you'll know you belong.
    - Kevin Chu
    2012 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate
  • If you want responsibility, you will get it.
    - Daniel Koffmann
    2012 New York Summer Associate
  • There is no fake work—so I learned a lot about workload management and self-sufficiency, and I was challenged every day.
    - Julia Choe
    2011 Los Angeles Summer Associate
  • Summer at Quinn is about the best experience that a law student can hope for when taking the first steps in their legal career.
    - Zack Schenkkan
    2013 Los Angeles Summer Associate
  • I was incredibly inspired by the genius, teamwork, and spirit of Quinn attorneys. This summer was one of the most exciting experiences of my life.
    - Margaret Shyr
    2013 Silicon Valley Summer Associate
  • The diversity of work meant that I was always on my toes and learning new things.
    - Wookie Kim
    2013 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate
  • I still can’t believe how open all the partners and associates were to giving me assignments, feedback and guidance.
    - Yoav Simchoni
    2012 San Francisco Summer Associate
Each year we ask summer associates to describe their experiences at the firm. If you would like to read what former summer associates say about the firm, click here.