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SUMMER PROGRAM

SUMMER PROGRAM IN A NUTSHELL

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 & trials.
  • Participation in client meetings.
  • Preparation of witnesses.
  • At least one assignment in an area of your choosing.

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.

Event Map
San Francisco
San Francisco
  • San Francisco Giants game
  • Concert at The Greek Theater
  • Cooking school in North Beach
Northern California Combined Events
Northern California Combined Events
  • Napa wine trip
  • Scavenger hunt through the streets of San Francisco
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
  • Waterski trip, trampoline event
  • Summer party at a partner’s home
Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES
  • Disneyland
  • Magic Castle
  • trapeze school at the Santa Monica Pier
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago Cubs game, cooking school and beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery
  • Chicago Cubs game
  • Cooking school and beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery
New York
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
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
  • Go-kart racing
  • Outdoor rock climbing at Great Falls Park
  • Potomac Dinner Cruise

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.

Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.
Quinn Emanuel’s clients, staff, attorneys and summer associates enjoying rides, bungee jumping, rock walls, game booths and psychics at our annual Rose Bowl Party.

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
  • The Laugavegur Trail, Iceland
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.
Quinn Emanuel’s partners, associates and summer associates hiking together during the annual firm hike.
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Our 2020 Summer Associates

Firm wide, we hosted over 50 law students from top law schools across the country:

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Stanford Law School
UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY of VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
Penn Law UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA LAW SCHOOL

Summer Associate Testimonials

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.

See All testimonials

Summers at Quinn are given the chance to immediately take on responsibility and make real contributions. I started doing substantive work on an actual case on my first day of the summer, and my writing was included in a motion we filed in my second w...
Will Shepherd (2020) Silicon Valley Summer Associate
The Quinn summer experience is frankly undersold. Before I started, I heard about how I would get substantive work experience, but I had no idea the extent to which that would be true. This summer, I’ve worked almost exclusively on client matters. On...
Teresa Manring (2020) New York Summer Associate
Quinn delivered on everything they promised during the interview process – really interesting and substantive work; a collegial and fun work environment; and just an overall great, hands-on experience. And Quinn did this all through a virtual summer ...
Vanessa Rodriguez (2020) Boston Summer Associate
My summer at Quinn was a really great experience that definitely exceeded my (already high) expectations! I helped draft a Federal Circuit brief, worked on a Supreme Court amicus brief, helped with a voting rights case, and contributed research on a ...
Sasha Boutilier (2020) New York Summer Associate
As a Quinn Emanuel Summer Associate, I was treated as a member of the team. Quinn’s program gave me experience in several different areas of litigation and a broad view of the enormous opportunities Quinn offers. I received many substantive and chall...
Karen Zwickel (2020) New York Summer Associate
Quinn Emanuel’s summer program provides what every law firm should: An experience representative of what you’ll actually be doing as a young associate. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the firm delivered that experience. This summer, I drafted briefs...
Lauren Yeager (2020) Washington D.C. Summer Associate
Quinn managed to give us a true “Quinn” experience this summer, even virtually. I was offered opportunities to try just about anything I expressed interest in. At the same time, all of my assignments were substantive, and I was able to see the applic...
Maria Tartakovsky (2020) San Francisco Summer Associate
During my time with Quinn Emanuel, I had a lot of opportunities to do very substantive legal work: I drafted an opposition to a motion to stay and a motion in limine. I also got to second-chair a deposition. I also got plenty of practice doing meanin...
Jake Todd (2020) Los Angeles Summer Associate
As a summer associate, I had the opportunity to work on everything from breach of contract disputes to thorny constitutional questions. I had real assignments on real cases, not make work, and every project taught me something new. An absolute highli...
Marissa Medansky (2020) New York Summer Associate
After a summer at Quinn, I feel like I finally know what it means to be a good lawyer. And that’s because I was given substantive, meaningful assignments and worked with some of the best attorneys around. While friends at other firms were doing proje...
Julie Zuckerbrod (2020) Washington D.C. Summer Associate
A summer at Quinn is unlike a summer anywhere else. Because of COVID-19, my peers at other firms either had their programs cancelled or spent their shortened summer programs doing busywork. In contrast, my summer consisted of substantive work and mea...
Mary-Kate Poulin (2020) Silicon Valley Summer Associate
I was terrified that Big Law in New York would mean a docket of exclusively banking and financial institutions litigation. While QE definitely had those opportunities available to me if I wanted them, my summer was spent working on cases whose facts ...
Dustin Fire (2020) New York Summer Associate
From day 1 I was working on complex plaintiff-side antitrust cases with billions of dollars in damages on the line, I was interacting with partners on a constant basis, and I had more mentors available than I could even fit into my schedule. I can’t ...
Aaron Lawrence (2020) New York Summer Associate
As a summer associate at QE, your work matters. There were numerous times throughout the summer when I saw something that I had produced used in a deposition or sent to a client. For anyone looking for a substantive summer experience where you are tr...
Jack Vallar (2020) San Francisco Summer Associate
My favorite part of the summer, was the mock trial program. I can’t think of a more valuable experience than getting to try a full jury trial, from voir dire to closings, and even getting to hear the jury deliberate. Doing the trial over Zoom was cha...
Jake Blecher (2020) New York Summer Associate
The best part—among many great parts—of QE’s summer program is the agency the firm gives to its summer associates. If you’re interested in particular subject matters, or developing a certain skill, or even working on a specific case, the firm does ev...
Daniel Abowd (2020) New York Summer Associate
The real scoop about the QE summer associate program is that the work is real. One of my assignments was to prepare a reply brief for an inter partes review proceeding. I took part in the discussion about the arguments we wanted to make, wrote the fi...
Brady Huynh (2020) Silicon Valley Summer Associate
Throughout the summer at Quinn, I got the opportunity to do substantive work on real matters. None of it felt like busy work; legal research assignments I worked on were used in real briefs and to make real litigation strategy decisions, and drafts o...
Chandler Matz (2020) Los Angeles Summer Associate