Woo, Biglaw! Being a summer associate is the best!

It’s the first full week of August, and you know what that means: summer associate programs are wrapping up, and people are beginning to pop bottles of bubbly to celebrate their offers. Before we get to our annual offer rate round-up, we want to know which firm hosted the best summer associate event of the season.

It goes without saying that summer associate programs aren’t what they used to be, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any fun to be had. Biglaw firms are still wining and dining their seasonal employees, but these days, perhaps due to a still dismal job market, summers are better at keeping their clothes on and hiding their inebriation.

That being said, we’d love to know: which law firm put on the best summer associate event of 2014?

You tell us! Our summer associate event contest is always a great way to determine which firms are keeping it real, and which ones are keeping it real boring. For example, last year, the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis stole the show after taking its summer associates to the Shakespeare in the Park rendition of The Comedy of Errors — where they met with actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Emily Bergl.

In the recent past, we’ve heard stories of summer surf parties, trampoline dodgeball tournaments, and trips to amazing concerts, like those performed by the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce. Here’s what the results of last year’s Best Biglaw Summer Associate Event contest looked like:

Which firm put on the best summer associate event of 2013?

  • Kirkland & Ellis - Shakespeare in the Park (26%, 427 Votes)
  • Morrison & Foerster - Surfing Event (22%, 368 Votes)
  • Skadden Arps - Rolling Stones Concert (18%, 293 Votes)
  • Shearman & Sterling - Jay Z / Justin Timberlake Concert (17%, 277 Votes)
  • Ropes & Gray - Trampoline Dodgeball (10%, 170 Votes)
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel - Beyonce Concert (7%, 124 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,659

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Was your firm able to compete with any of these awesome events this summer? We certainly hope so!

Please send your nominations to us by email or by text message (646-820-8477). We keep our tipsters anonymous. We’ll collect the best entries, let you vote on them in a reader poll, and then crown the best summer associate event of 2014. We look forward to reading all of your submissions!

P.S. You can also email or text us with info about offer rates at your firm, a topic we’ll return to shortly.

Earlier: ATL Summer Associate Event Contest (2013): The Winner!
ATL Summer Associate Event Contest (2013): The Finalists


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