Law Students Summer Program

The Spiegel Summer Program is designed to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas, our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Summer associate projects are regular work assignments for Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP clients. Summer associates receive work directly from lawyers or through the Spiegel summer assignment coordinator, who monitors the workload of all summer associates. We ask for practice area interests prior to the start of the program and make every effort to match available work with expressed interests. Specific substantive elements of the program include: 1) legal research, analysis and writing in a variety of subject areas, particularly energy regulation and deregulation, antitrust, transmission access, legislative representation, hydroelectric licensing and telecommunications; 2) drafting memos, briefs and other pleadings, including before federal and state administrative agencies and federal and state courts; 3) client contact and participation in case strategy discussions; 4) assisting with discovery and trial preparation; 5) monitoring legislation in the areas of energy and telecommunications; and 6) assisting on pro bono matters. A number of educational sessions (“Utility School”) are given each summer. Social events round out the Spiegel Summer Program.

Spiegel & McDiarmid welcomes summer associate candidates (2L and 3L pre-clerkship) with excellent academic credentials, intellectual inquisitiveness, dedication to working to promote the public good and professionalism. Summer associate hiring activities are most focused during the Fall law firm and Winter public interest hiring seasons, though we accept applications year-round.

For a current list of openings, see our Open Positions page.


Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
1875 Eye Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006
Attn: Human Resources

Fax: 202.393.2866

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