Why Dechert?

Dechert is a thriving firm that takes on our clients' most complex and challenging legal matters. Our focus on high-stakes global matters translates into stimulating, meaningful work for our lawyers and drives a spirit of collaboration and creativity.

A major driver of our success has been our ability to attract talented law students and lawyers from diverse backgrounds and from all parts of the world.

We welcome those who share our passion for excellence and believe in our core values of integrity, teamwork, mutual respect, governing by consensus, mentoring and training, advancement based on ability, performance and contributions to the firm.

Dechert is committed to providing relevant, engaging and specialized training to our lawyers. This begins on day one of our summer program, when all summer associates come together for a multi-day, interactive orientation in New York. During orientation, summer associates learn about Dechert's history and culture, its Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and its pro bono program. Following orientation are formal, hands-on training programs, including mock negotiations and mock depositions.

Summer Associates also learn about Dechert's core practice areas and attend regular practice group meetings and training sessions. They participate in Dechert's industry-recognized Global Critical Skills Institute program, as well, which helps them develop their leadership, management, communication and client relations skills.

In addition to these formal training programs, summer associates are given challenging, substantive assignments working on some of the most sophisticated matters in the legal market. Summer associates also have the opportunity to attend depositions, client meetings, hearings, board meetings, and other proceedings. 

We welcome you to explore our website further and then contact us directly to learn more about joining the Dechert team.

For individuals in the EEA and residents of California, please see our applicable Recruitment Privacy Notice to learn what information we collect from you during the recruitment process and how we use it. 

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2025 Summer Associate Application

We encourage you to apply to the office you are most interested in using one of the links provided.

2025 IP Summer Associate Application

We are seeking JD class of 2026 applicants with engineering and/or life sciences backgrounds to join our Intellectual Property litigation team.



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