Careers  |  Law Students


Kathy Schmidt
Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development
Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

The Summer Program

Wiley Rein’s commitment to its clients, people, and professional development begins in our summer associate program, our main source of attorney talent. Our summer associate program is designed to educate summer associates about the work that we do and our firm culture.


We host a variety of informal social events designed to give summer associates and our attorneys the opportunity to get to know each other better. In recent years, our summer associates have attended performances at the Kennedy Center, enjoyed summer baseball games, participated in cooking classes, cruised on the Potomac River at sunset, spent time at the National Zoo, and attended dinner parties hosted by firm partners.

Guidance and Sponsorship

Each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor to help with their professional and social integration to the firm. Mentors provide one-on-one guidance, introduce the summer associate to firm attorneys, review initial projects, and seek opportunities for summer associates to meet with clients and attend external meetings.

The Substantive Work

In keeping with our free-market philosophy, summer associates select their own assignments from our assignment database, allowing students to gain experience in a variety of practices or focus on a specific area of the law. They can also pick up assignments informally from attorneys they meet, allowing them to pitch in on urgent or special projects.

Hands-on Learning

Training sessions are held for summer associates to develop their legal skills, receive practice area overviews, learn best practices, and gain an understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of being an associate at Wiley Rein. The cornerstone of the firm’s training program is a multi-part Litigation Skills Workshop that includes opportunities to take and defend mock depositions and build a litigation case strategy.

Evaluation, Feedback, and Growth

Supervising attorneys evaluate a summer associate’s work at the end of every project. In addition, summer associates receive mid-summer and end-of-summer reviews. These reviews also give summer associates the opportunity to provide the firm with feedback on how we can improve the experience for future summer associate classes.

Special Opportunities

Special opportunities are made available to every summer associate. Opportunities can include attending meetings with clients in and out of the office, depositions, trial motions, professional and affinity group luncheons, seminars, and court appearances.