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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.

As a V&E summer associate and associate, 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 from: Vault rankings for Best Law Firms and Chambers Associate.

Key Contacts

Director of Attorney Recruitment
Gretchen Rollins
Entry-Level Attorney Recruiting Manager
Emily Fowler

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. A variety of social and community activities will 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.

2020 Summer Program Dates:
May 18 – July 24 (10-week program; date exceptions made for late exam schedules.)

Minimum/Maximum Stay:
Austin, Dallas, Houston:  6 weeks/10 weeks
New York, Richmond, San Francisco, Washington: 10 weeks/10 weeks

Competitive Salary:
$3,654/week

As part of our Summer Associate Program, Vinson & Elkins offers a Public Interest Split opportunity to support law students who have a passion for public service. Each year, for half of the summer program, we sponsor V&E Summer Associates who work for a public interest organization located in any U.S. city where V&E has an office.

While working for the public interest organization for a maximum of six weeks, you will continue to receive the V&E weekly Summer Associate salary ($3,654/week). We require that you spend the first half of the summer at V&E, and the second half at a public interest organization approved by the firm.

Our Summer Associates have worked with the following public interest and non-profit organizations:

  • ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
  • ARC of Texas
  • Catholic Charities of Houston and Washington, DC
  • Children at Risk
  • Earthjustice
  • The Environmental Defense Fund
  • The Environmental Law Institute
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
  • The Legal Aid Society of New York
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Manhattan Legal Services
  • MD Anderson Hospital
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Texas Innocence Network
  • Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

For first- and second-year law students

Vinson & Elkins awards a number of Diversity Fellowships to the brightest law students from top U.S. law schools. Each 1L Fellow receives $10,000, and each 2L Fellow receives $25,000, along with a summer clerkship in one of our U.S. offices.

Learn more and apply to our 1L or 2L Diversity Fellowships.