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Directory Year: 2021

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - New York, New York

http://www.akingump.com

Recruitment & Hiring

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Began Work In Expected
2019 Prior Summer
Associates
2020 Prior Summer
Associates
2021
LAWYERS
Entry-level 15 15 12 10 20
Entry-level (non-traditional track) 0 0 0 0 0
Lateral Partners 2 0 1 0 4
Lateral Associates 15 0 5 0 8
All Other Laterals (non-traditional track) 1 0 1 0 0
Post-Clerkship 0 0 0 0 2
LL.M.s (U.S.) 0 0 0 0 0
LL.M.s (non-U.S.) 0 0 0 0 0
SUMMER
Post-3Ls 0 0 0 0 0
2Ls 17 3 20 5 20
1Ls 5 0 5 0 6


Comments on hiring grid
Number of 2020 Summer 2Ls considered for associate offers 20
Number of offers made to summer 2L associates 20
Does the organization hire school-term clerks? Case-by-case
Does the organization hire 1Ls? Yes
When should 1Ls apply? December 1
Are split summers allowed? Case-by-case
Comments regarding Hiring

Akin Gump's summer associate program is an important part of our hiring process and we expect to fill our first-year associate positions from the ranks of our summer associates. Although we encourage students to spend the entire summer program with us, we do consider split summers for 2L summer associates on a case by case basis. Akin Gump offers 10 week summer programs in our Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices.

 

Akin Gump offers a Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program, a two-summer program for top law students who show a strong interest in making pro bono an integral part of their Akin Gump careers. The Pro Bono Scholars are first year law students who work both at the firm and at a public interest organization during the summer. The following year as second year law students, the Pro Bono Scholars take part in the firm’s regular summer associate program.

 

The Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program provides top first year law students with the opportunity to work in the legal industry and engage in diversity and inclusion efforts.  The program spans two summers, with the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars working both at the firm and at a firm client during the first summer (as rising 2Ls).  The next summer (rising third year), the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars join the firm as participants in the firm’s general summer associate program.

 

In 2021 Akin Gump launched its inaugural Financial Restructuring (Bankruptcy) Diversity & Inclusion Scholars Program, a two-year summer program for first year law students.  The FR Scholars program provides students with the opportunity to work with our globally recognized Financial Restructuring practice, be mentored by leading practitioners, and work with a client of the practice the summer after their first year of law school.  Scholars participate in the practice’s and the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

2020 Summer Program

Do you accept applications for the 2022 Summer Program from Joint degree candidates graduating in 2024 or later? No
Do you accept applications for the 2022 Summer Program from evening students graduating in 2024? No
Do you accept applications for the 2022 Summer Program from Judicial clerks? No
Do you accept applications for the 2022 Summer Program from students at non-US law schools? No

Hiring Outside Traditional Summer Programs

Does the organization hire 3Ls? No
How many entry-level hires outside the summer program did you hire in [directory year - 1]?

Post-clerkship hiring information

Do you hire post-clerkship candidates? Yes
If yes, when should they apply? As their clerkship permits.
Do you hire US LL.M.s? No
Do you hire non-US LL.M.s? No
When should LL.M.s submit applications?
Preferred application materials
General Hiring Criteria

We select our participants each year from among many highly qualified candidates. High academic achievement, extra-curricular activities (Law Review, Moot Court, other journals), initiative and strong motivation are the criteria we consider. We also look for other indicators of likely success such as demonstrated leadership skills, strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, willingness to assume responsibility, maturity, non-academic experience, and the ability to work well with others.

Campus Interviews Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Columbia University Law School
Duke University School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
Howard University School of Law
New York University School of Law
University of Michigan Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Virginia School of Law
List Any Job Fairs / Consortia Attended (previous fall)

Lavender Law, BU/BC Law Consortium, Cornell Job Fair, Emory in NY, UT in NY, Tulane in NY Interview Program

Campus Interviews

Number of Schools Visited in 2020 11
Number of Job Fairs / Consortia Attended in 2020 6

Recruiting Policy Information

Provide a link to your recruiting policy or additional recruiting information https://www.akingump.com/en/careers/students/apply/index.html
Brief description of recruiting policy or additional comments

Application Materials

Required application materials Resume
Transcript
Writing sample
Comments on application materials

The firm’s Financial Restructuring Diversity & Inclusion Scholars Program, the Pro Bono Scholars Program and the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program require a personal statement as part of application materials.

1L Summer Applications

1L summer applications will be accepted starting (date) 1Ls must consult with their school's application guidelines.
1L Summer Application Deadline February 15, 2021
1L Summer Applications - Comments

2L Summer Applications

2L summer applications will be accepted starting (date) 2Ls must consult with their school's application guidelines.
2L Summer Application Deadline September 1, 2021
2L Summer Applications - Comments

3L Summer Applications

3L summer applications will be accepted starting (date) Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
3L summer application deadline
3L Summer Applications - Comments

3Ls Applying for Entry-Level Positions

3L (entry-level) applications will be accepted starting (date) Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
3L (entry-level) application deadline
3L comments

1L Offers

How much time do you provide 1L students to respond to an offer of summer employment? The firm consults each school's offer guidelines.
Do you require 1L candidates for summer employment to reaffirm interest in an offer?
If yes, how many days does a 1L student have to reaffirm their interest?

2L Offers

How much time do you provide 2L students to respond to an offer of summer employment? The firm consults each school's offer guidelines.
Do you require 2L candidates for summer employment to reaffirm interest in an offer?
If yes, how many days does a 2L student have to reaffirm their interest?

3L Offers (Previously Employed)

How much time do you provide 3L students from your summer program to respond to an offer of entry-level employment? The firm consults each school's offer guidelines.
Do you require 3L candidates for entry-level employment to reaffirm interest in an offer?
If yes, how many days does a 3L (previously employed) student have to reaffirm their interest?

3L Offers (Not Previously Employed)

How much time do you provide 3L students to respond to an offer of entry-level employment? The firm consults each school's offer guidelines.
Do you require 3L candidates for entry-level employment to reaffirm interest in an offer?
If yes, how many days does a 3L (not previously employed) student have to reaffirm their interest?