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Joining the V&E Team

At Vinson & Elkins, we provide world-class counsel to industry-leading companies, and are looking for talented, driven attorneys who want to join our team. With more than 700 lawyers across 11 offices on three continents, we deliver excellent work and service, advise on a wide range of highly complex matters, succeed through teamwork, and care deeply for our clients, colleagues, and communities.

What will you find at V&E?

  • A dynamic, collaborative environment — where diverse backgrounds strengthen efforts toward common goals
  • Continual learning and development, with hands-on, highly substantive experience early in your career
  • Invaluable experience working with leading lawyers on high-profile matters
  • Opportunities to give back through pro bono work, as well as other civic and community initiatives

Learn more about V&E’s culture and Summer Associate Program from: Vault rankings for Best Law Firms and Chambers Associate.

We hire first- and second-year law students for our Summer Associate Program. Take a look inside our Summer Program Brochure.

Second-Year Law Students: Our 2L application is now open! Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices hire 2L law students to join our Summer Associate Program. Students are encouraged to submit applications for the 2025 Summer Associate Program and 2L Diversity Fellowship at their earliest convenience, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should only apply to the offices in which they are interested and avoid applying to all offices.

First-Year Law Students: Our 1L application for the 2025 Summer Associate Program will open in the fall of 2024.

Please visit the tabs below to learn more about our Summer Associate Program and Diversity Fellowships.

Our reputation as a top-tier global law firm begins with developing talented lawyers who are leaders in their fields of law. Our shared passion to be the best at what we do brings us together at Vinson & Elkins.

As a V&E Summer Associate, you will have real opportunities to do substantive work in a variety of practice areas, have direct client contact, and work side-by-side with accomplished attorneys who care about your success. We offer a competitive salary of $4,327 per week. A variety of social and community activities will also give you the chance to get to know your colleagues in a relaxed environment, and you will find out that having fun is part of our culture.

We hope you will consider this unique opportunity to explore your career options at a firm that values inclusiveness and diverse perspectives – where lawyers and staff respect and support one another.

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Key Contacts

Senior Director of Attorney Recruitment
Gretchen Rollins
Entry-Level Recruitment Operations Manager
Nana Lannutti
Entry-Level Recruitment Coordinator
Karen Bazakos