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Joining the V&E Family

At Vinson & Elkins, we hire the best and the brightest to provide exceptional counsel to our sophisticated client base. Our thriving work environment is home to approximately 700 lawyers across the globe.

At V&E, you will find a dynamic, team environment where doors are open, and where diverse lawyers collaborate to provide our clients solutions on their most complex matters. You’ll get ongoing training and development opportunities with hands-on experience early in your career. At each level, you will gain experience on significant matters, working with lawyers who are leaders in their areas of law.

Our long-term success depends on developing and retaining top legal talent from all backgrounds and perspectives. We also encourage our lawyers to give back through pro bono work, and other civic and community opportunities.

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

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

First-Year Law Students – The application period for the 2023 Summer Associate Program is closed. Our 1L application for the 2024 Summer Associate Program will open in early November.

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 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 office(s) in which they are interested and avoid applying to all offices.

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 $4,135 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