Frequently asked questions

What offices will host summer programs?

Does the firm hire 1L’s?

How do I apply for a summer associate position?

What are McGuireWoods’ hiring criteria for the summer associate program?

How long is McGuireWoods’ summer program?

Are McGuireWoods summer associates assigned mentors?

What types of projects are given to summer associates and how are they reviewed?

What types of pro bono opportunities are available to McGuireWoods’ lawyers?

What kind of training does a summer associate receive during the program?

I am a third year law student, how do I apply for an entry level position?

Does McGuireWoods offer seniority or compensation credit to associates joining the firm after a judicial clerkship?

What are McGuireWoods’ diversity initiatives?

How do I apply for a lateral position?

What workplace benefits does McGuireWoods offer its lawyers?

How can I find out more comprehensive information about the firm?


Q: What offices will host summer programs?

A: The firm is recruiting for summer programs in the Charlotte, Chicago and Richmond offices.

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Q: Does the firm hire 1L’s?

A: The firm decides each year whether to hire 1Ls and it varies by office location. Contact the Recruiting Manager for more information. Click here for a list of Office Contacts.

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Q: How do I apply for a summer associate position?

A: McGuireWoods collectively conducts preliminary interviews on 15 law school campuses and participates in six job fairs in the late summer. Click here for the list of law schools and the dates we visit in the fall. If we do not visit your law school campus, you may apply by submitting a resume, current transcript and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in McGuireWoods and your office preference. Click here for a list of Office Contacts.

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Q: What are McGuireWoods’ hiring criteria for the summer associate program?

A: The selection process is highly competitive. Excellent academics, as well as superior writing and interpersonal skills are required. McGuireWoods is looking for highly-qualified candidates with demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to their law school communities. The firm values both legal and non-legal work experience in candidates.

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Q: How long is McGuireWoods’ summer program?

A: The summer program is ten-weeks long. The program begins in mid-to-late May and ends in late July.

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Q. Are McGuireWoods summer associates assigned mentors?

A: Yes. Each summer associate is matched with one or two mentors for the summer. The mentors will help them acclimate to the firm and assist in all aspects of the Summer Associate Program.

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Q: What types of projects are given to summer associates and how are they reviewed?

A: We encourage our summer associates to try a broad range of projects in as many different practice areas as possible during the course of the summer. In recent years our summer associates have worked on a variety of projects in multiple practice areas throughout the firm.

The firm uses an electronic database to manage the assignment and review process. When possible, we allow summer associates to choose assignments that most interest them. We believe that the summer program is a learning experience and want each summer associate to benefit from frequent feedback during the course of the ten-week program. All summer associates will take part in formal mid-summer and end of summer evaluations. They also receive constructive criticism on their written product whenever possible. In addition, we encourage summer associates to be proactive in seeking feedback on their work throughout the summer.

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Q: What types of pro bono opportunities are available to McGuireWoods’ lawyers?

A: As part of our commitment to client and community service, McGuireWoods’ lawyers are involved in significant pro bono work. Please visit our Pro Bono page for more information.

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Q: What kind of training does a summer associate receive during the program?

A: The best kind of training comes from working alongside experienced lawyers on cases and transactions. Our summer program is designed to give our summer associates this kind of experience. Along with the on-the-job training, summer associates have numerous opportunities to attend department and industry team meetings to gain perspective of the work the firm handles. In addition, summer associates are regularly invited to accompany our attorneys to court, and to attend clients meetings when appropriate.

The firm also plans an annual three-day summer associate retreat. In recent years the retreat has been held in our DC office with the highlight being a tour of the U.S. Supreme Court and a meeting with a Supreme Court Justice. In addition to the opportunity for the summer associate to socialize and see the nation’s Capital, the three days are filled with information and training sessions designed specifically for them. 

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Q: I am a third year law student, how do I apply for an entry level position?

A: You may apply by e-mail by  submitting your resume, current law school transcript and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in McGuireWoods and your office preference. Click here for a list of office contacts, or click here to apply online.

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Q: Does McGuireWoods offer seniority or compensation credit to associates joining the firm after a judicial clerkship?

A: Yes. McGuireWoods offers both a bonus and seniority credit to associates joining the firm directly from a federal district or highest state court clerkship.

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Q: What are McGuireWoods’ diversity initiatives?

A: McGuireWoods is committed to diversity & inclusion within our firm, the legal profession and our communities. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for more information.

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Q: How do I apply for a lateral position?

A: Please visit our Lateral Recruiting page for more information on our open positions.

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Q: What workplace benefits does McGuireWoods offer its lawyers?

A: Please take a look at our Benefits page for more information.

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Q: How can I find out more comprehensive information about the firm?

A: Please visit the National Association for Legal Placement’s Directory of Legal Employers. Click here for the McGuireWoods page.

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