Applying to Willkie

Summer Associate Position

Our summer program consists of students who have completed their first or second year of law school.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, transcript (when available) and an application form.

Associate Positions

To apply for a position as a lateral candidate, judicial clerk or third year law student, you must fill out an application form and attach a cover letter, resume, law school transcript.

Click the Link Below to Apply for a Summer Associate or Associate Position in one of our U.S. Offices

  • European Offices:
    • To apply for positions in our Brussels office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Frankfurt office, please click here.
    • To apply for attorney positions in our London office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Milan office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Paris office, please click here.
    • To apply for positions in our Rome office, please click here.
  • Search Firms: We accept applications from search firms that have entered into our fee agreement and have agreed to adhere to our application guidelines.


For entry level or career paralegal positions, please send your resume to

Staff Positions

For career staff positions please apply here through our HR Recruiting Portal.

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OCI and Job Fairs Summer 2021

We will be participating in virtual OCI and job fairs to recruit 2Ls for summer 2021.

  • Bay Area Diversity Fair
  • Brooklyn
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Cook County Bar Association Job Fair
  • Duke
  • Georgetown
  • GWU
  • Harvard
  • Howard
  • Lavender Law
  • MCGC
  • New York University
  • North East BLSA
  • Northwestern
  • Notre Dame
  • Stanford
  • St. John’s
  • UC Berkeley
  • U Chicago
  • U Maryland
  • U Michigan
  • U Penn
  • U Texas
  • U Virginia
  • William & Mary

Time constraints prevent us from visiting as many law schools. Therefore, we encourage qualified applicants whom we are unable to meet during on-campus recruiting to apply to us directly by sending a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to the office below.

1Ls can also apply to our Summer 2021 program. Please find more information about specific 1L hiring below or send an email to the office you are interested in applying to inquire about whether they will be recruiting 1Ls for summer 2021.

LCLD Scholarship: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP plans to hire 1L LCLD Scholars. To be eligible to apply for this Diversity Scholars Program, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to work in the New York, Washington, DC, Houston, Chicago, Palo Alto or San Francisco office of our firm. You must have successfully completed one year of a full-time JD program prior to the start of our summer program in May 2021 and have an expected graduation date of spring 2023. 1L LCLD Scholars will receive the same compensation and treatment as our second-year law students in the summer program and will attend the June LCLD Scholars Retreat. Please click here for information about the application process.

NYU AnBryce Scholars: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is a proud sponsor of the AnBryce Scholarship Program. AnBryce Scholars will receive information about how to apply directly from their career services office.

Compensation and Benefits

Willkie is committed to compensating associates at a level commensurate with our peer firms.

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Benefits - The Basics

  • Salary of $190,000 per year for first-year associates
  • Lock-step associate compensation system
  • Competitive bonuses
  • Salary advance to incoming first-year associates
  • Reimbursement for moving expenses, bar courses, bar examination fees and bar association dues
  • Annual four weeks of paid vacation

Financial Well-being

  • 401k plan
  • Free private banking at Citibank
  • Student Loan Refinancing: preferred refinancing rates through refinancing organization
  • MetLaw Legal Service Concierge
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Real Estate Subsidy for legal fees in connection with a sale or purchase of a primary residence

Professional Well-being

  • Robust CLE Programming
  • Independent Counselors-on-Call, a resource for attorneys to have on-demand, confidential career-focused coaching sessions with experienced career counselors
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Associate Mentoring Program
  • Speaker Series featuring presentations on various relevant current topics
  • Online enrichment program for the Willkie community
  • Affinity groups

Health and Wellness

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Up to 18 weeks paid (and 18 weeks unpaid) parental leave
  • Fitness allowance and subsidized health club membership
  • Firm wellness program
  • Health Spending with Firm contribution towards program
  • Flex Spending Account
  • Family planning and fertility/infertility concierge thorough WIN Fertility

Family-Related Benefits

  • Paid Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Emergency day care center
  • Emergency home based child care, self-care or dependent care
  • Milk Stork: Breast Milk Shipping and Storage Program


  • Technology allowance and firm-issued laptop
  • Concierge Services: expert assistance and referrals for various needs (e.g., vacation planning, identifying movers, researching child care)
  • Attorney lounge with cappuccino machine, breakfast, and afternoon cookie time
  • Transportation-related benefits