Summer Experience

Well done. 
As a law student, you’ve learned what it takes to succeed in law school. At Goodwin, we’ll help you acquire the skills you need to be a successful lawyer.

What makes Goodwin’s summer program great?

A good program gives you the chance to use what you know. A great program allows you to stretch beyond what you know. Add to that some amazing opportunities to learn more about yourself, your colleagues, and the world around you, and you have an unforgettable summer experience – one that provides a real-world perspective about daily life in our law firm. You’ll work with seasoned attorneys on challenging cases, learn some new skills through formal training programs, and have the opportunity to socialize with fellow associates and partners throughout the summer.

We must be doing something right: more than 90% of summer associates who are offered a position at Goodwin accept a position here.

Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington. Practice areas in just about every traditional and emerging field of law. You will work, learn, and connect with peers, associates, and partners at the firm. You’ll leave our program with valuable mentors, a large professional and social network, and a very good idea of what it’s like to work at Goodwin.

Our Asia Track program is designed for summer associates who have a particular interest in pursuing a legal career in Asia. Fluency in Mandarin Chinese is required. The Asia Track summer program involves spending eight to ten weeks in one of our US offices and two to three weeks in our Hong Kong office (accommodations provided). In addition to gaining hands-on experience in Asia, Asia Track summer associates participate in the firm’s training programs in the US, which are designed to give summer associates a general understanding of our practice and the work they would do as associates.


As a summer associate, we think you’ll be surprised by how quickly you become an integral part of our legal team. On any given day, you might find yourself immersed in a deposition, a trial, a negotiation session, document drafting, a client meeting, or some other hands-on professional work experience.

Each office has a unique approach to the summer associate program. Regardless of which city you choose, you will be exposed to a variety of projects and cases at different stages, so you will have both a broad overview and some deep-diving into specific issues. And we’ll encourage you to participate in any area of our practice that piques your interest, including pro bono work. At the end of the summer, you will have a better understanding of legal practices and life at our firm.


Goodwin’s professional development and training team is committed to helping you find your passion and enthusiasm for your work. Our goal is to train, motivate, and develop outstanding lawyers. We believe a great legal education comes from a balance of formal training and lots of opportunities to apply what you’ve learned to what you do in the office each day.

Our team has designed a broad and engaging program tailored to your needs and interests. Some courses, like deposition training, jury selection, and mock trial, are designed for people who want to focus on litigation. Others are geared toward business law, including anatomy of a corporate transaction and introduction to intellectual property. You will also find mentors in every practice area who are ready, willing and available to answer your questions and introduce you to others who can help you along the way.

While some firms may want you to see what it’s like to be a summer associate, we want you to experience life as an attorney. That’s why you are cordially invited to sit in on regular associate training sessions and practice area meetings. Learning is a continual, dynamic process. We encourage you to find out more about our professional development and training programs.

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We know you’ve worked really hard to get where you are. Making time to connect with your new colleagues is important, too. A collaborative and supportive atmosphere is a key part of the Goodwin culture. With that in mind, we’ve created a summer program that includes plenty of extracurricular fun. Everything is designed to help you get to know your fellow summer associates and other colleagues outside the work environment.

We believe summer should include boat cruises, outdoor concerts, and baseball games, so you can expect these to be part of your experience at Goodwin. Spontaneous events are also initiated by the summer associates, often partnering with their mentors at the firm. These have included everything from sport fishing and golfing to gourmet cooking, billiards, and live jazz.

One of the many advantages of being a national firm is that our activities are as varied as our office locations. If you’re in New York for the summer, you might see a Broadway show, attend a gallery opening, and enjoy a few only-in-Manhattan experiences. West Coast summer associates have been known to go wine tasting, sailing, and touring in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Activities and events unique to Boston and Washington – from cultural events to historic tours – are all part of the program. All summer associates come to Boston for training and the opportunity to network with other associates from all over the country.