Summer Associates

The overall objective of our Summer Associate Program is to give you a realistic view of what it would be like to work at Wiggin and Dana on a regular basis. Our hope is that you'll have an enriching and satisfying experience, both professionally and personally, and will want to return as a first-year associate.

Ideal Size
You will receive quality assignments and individual attention. Since we want to hire our summer associates the following year, we always try to accurately predict how many first-year associates we will need, so summer associates don't feel they're competing against each other for a limited number of positions.

In 2018 we had four summer associates who completed their second year of law school and two first year summer associate.

Excellent Mentors
Your partner and associate mentor are selected with you in mind. Both mentors are available to acquaint you with the firm and the practice of law. Your partner mentor serves the added role of reviewing all of your written work.

Real Assignments
Our lawyers generate challenging and interesting assignments from a variety of practice areas. The work coordinator will consider practice areas that interest you when distributing assignments. Summer associates work directly with the lawyer who generates the assignment.

Meaningful Feedback and Evaluation
In addition to regular feedback, supervising attorneys will complete written evaluations of your work. The work coordinator and your partner mentor will discuss these evaluations during your mid-summer and summer-end review meetings. Since your feedback is also important to us, we will ask you to evaluate your summer experience before you leave the firm.

Focus on Training

  • Our weekly meetings introduce you to attorneys from each department who describe what they do in their daily practice.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend court proceedings, depositions, client meetings, pretrial conferences, closings and other events outside of the office.
  • You will be invited to regularly scheduled in-house training programs.

Fun Social Events
Several social events give you the opportunity to get to know our attorneys outside of the office. Our summer events have included cocktail parties at partners' homes, golf outings, participation in a softball league, theatre and Broadway plays, minor and major league baseball games, clambakes, cooking classes, sailing trips, deep sea fishing, and New Haven Arts & Ideas Festival events.

Invaluable Pro Bono, Community Service, and Public Interest Opportunities
Our summer associates have worked extensively on pro bono matters. Click here for more information on the firm's pro bono activities.

You will join summer associates from other Connecticut law firms for a community service event. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer at a local food kitchen with Wiggin and Dana attorneys and staff.

Diversity Scholar Program
The Yale New Haven Health System/Wiggin and Dana Diversity Scholar Program is open to a first year law student with an interest in health law. The student will spend the first four weeks of this eight-week program at the New Haven office of Wiggin and Dana and the second four weeks working in The Yale New Haven Health System Legal and Risk Services Department.

In 2018, the firm was delighted to participate in the United Technologies Corporation / Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Scholars Program. The firm hosted a first year law student that spent five weeks at Wiggin and Dana and three weeks at United Technologies Corporation.

Split Summer Opportunities
We offer a split-summer opportunity for one second year law student to spend the first five weeks at Wiggin and Dana and the remainder of the summer at a public interest organization approved by the firm.

Location, Location, Location
The Summer Associate Program is based in our New Haven office, yet you will interact with lawyers from all of our offices. If you are interested in ultimately working in another office, we will take steps during the summer to give you as much contact as possible there.

Competitive Compensation
Our 2018 summer associates who completed two years of law school received $2,310 per week. First year associates in the New Haven office receive a salary of $130,000.

How To Apply
In 2018, we will be participating in several On-Campus Interview Programs and Job Fairs. If we will not be attending or collecting resumes from your law school, we encourage you to apply here.