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V&E’s 2021 Summer Associate Program Launches

Vinson & Elkins’ annual Summer Associate Program for its U.S. offices kicked off virtually on May 17. This year, V&E welcomes a diverse group of 119 students (76 2Ls and 43 1Ls) from 30 different law schools. Additionally, the firm has three SEO Pre-Law Fellows – in the Dallas, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices – who will participate fully in the program.

V&E’s program focuses on giving law students an exceptional experience with insights into the practice of law at V&E and knowledge of the firm’s clients and type of work, while providing real, hands-on work opportunities. Making connections with V&E’s current lawyers who serve as mentors is also a key strength of the program – even in a mostly virtual environment.

Throughout the 8-10 week program, students participate in training programs covering substantive overviews of the firm’s practice areas, commitment to pro bono and diversity, as well as opportunities to learn more about the day-to-day life of associates. Also included throughout V&E’s Summer Associate Program are development programs such as writing and negotiations workshops and a litigation bootcamp, as well as programs on feedback, mental wellness, and affinity group and social gatherings.

Continuing its focus on building an inclusive workplace, in this year’s Summer Associate Program:

  • V&E is excited to welcome two students from the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) in our Dallas and Houston offices. DAPP provides women of color 1Ls the opportunity to spend part of their summer with firm clients.
  • The firm also is partnering with another client in Houston, inviting a Summer Associate to join the client’s Diverse Summer Associate Virtual Program for a one‐week in-house learning experience with its legal department.
  • V&E is continuing its long-running partnership with Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to offer 1Ls a three-day “Scholars Summit” with diverse law students from across the country.
  • Twenty-six law students were awarded Diversity Fellowships, including 1Ls and 2Ls who have joined the Summer Program in our Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices.

Students began this year’s Summer Associate Program online, but with the safety of students a priority, V&E expects to have optional, small in-person gatherings later in the summer for students who choose to join. The program will run until July 23, 2021.

In 2020, V&E extended offers to 100% of its Summer Associates.

Learn more on V&E’s Law Students page.

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