Summers @ NP

What You Can Expect

As a Nixon Peabody summer associate, you may have the opportunity to work with attorneys coast‑to‑coast, pursuing a broad range of career paths, and with professional staff who will support the rapid cultivation and development of your skills. We handle interesting work with clients who are at the forefront of their industries, and give our summer associates the opportunities to make real contributions.

We are exceptionally team-oriented. Our practice groups cut across geographic locations, leading teamwork and collaboration to underline the foundation of our firm’s culture. Everyone works together as one firm, assembling the best possible teams to work on client cases regardless of individual office locations. You will have ample opportunity to learn from attorneys at the top of their fields, while collaborating on matters across diverse industries and practice areas.


We respect differences among people and regard those differences as strengths. The firm is committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting talented individuals from different genders and with a broad range of racial, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Nixon Peabody continues to be on the leading edge of policies, programs and benefits designed to create an open and inclusive culture. Click here to learn more about our commitment to diversity.

Pro bono

Our firm has a very strong commitment to pro bono. We have a designated a partner, Stacey Slater, whose sole responsibility is to coordinate pro bono efforts across the firm. We challenge every lawyer to render at least 60 pro bono hours annually, and we award those who meet this goal.

There is urgent need for a wide range of pro bono work in each U.S. city where Nixon Peabody has an office, and our summer associates are encouraged to get involved with pro bono cases during their time with us. In addition to joining teams of lawyers handling ongoing pro bono matters, summer associates can get involved in pro bono projects designed specifically for them. For example, in New York City, summer associates are involved in the Sanctuary for Families Courtroom Advocacy Project, representing victims of domestic violence in Family Court. In Boston, summer associates conduct research for the Anti-Defamation League, and our Rochester summer associates participate in the Rochester Housing Court Attorney of the Morning program. Summer associates in San Francisco participate in OneJustice’s summer associate research project. We consistently hear from our summer associates that they love the pro bono work that they do at Nixon Peabody, and that it gives them excellent hands-on experience.

Click here to learn more about our pro bono program, and click here to see a list of some of the pro bono projects we’re involved with around the firm.

Legally Green®

We launched the Legally Green initiative to denote the firm’s unique combination of sustainability experience, thought leadership and responsible citizenship. We believe these challenges require an innovative way of delivering legal services and raise the bar for how sustainable law firms should conduct business and engage in the community. We have become a leader among U.S. law firms in implementing sustainable practices, sharing lessons learned with other law firms, businesses, and the communities in which we live and work.

Summer associates are invited to participate in our local sustainable team meetings, join local and firmwide sustainability events, and are encouraged to volunteer for green pro bono projects. Please click here if you are interested in learning more about Legally Green.


We believe the best way to attract and retain talented new attorneys is to give them a chance to do meaningful, interesting and challenging work. In providing this opportunity, we remain dedicated to our attorneys’ growth and development. As such, we promise to provide the tools and resources needed to succeed, not only as an associate but at all stages of your career with the firm.

We also rely on each of our attorneys to project drive and commitment in working toward success.  This manifests in continued demonstration of:

  • Dedication
  • Passion
  • Persistence
  • Discipline
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Optimism

Personal development

Our training programs are designed to strengthen your skills and knowledge at every stage of your legal career. Summer associates learn broadly about different practice areas and attend programs that provide a foundation upon which to build professional practice skills. First-year associates learn skills to assist in the transition from law school to law practice. Second-, third- and fourth-year associates continue their personal development through best-in-class programs in areas such as litigation, business and finance, real estate, new business cultivation and professional skills development. These training programs are engaging and include activities that provide our attorneys with further opportunities to build relationships with colleagues across offices.


We strongly believe in mentoring for our attorneys. Mentoring is critical to the professional development process, as promising associates mature into productive, successful attorneys. You will be assigned a mentor, who will act as a resource to answer your questions—no matter how seemingly small. In addition to our formal mentoring program, you’ll find that mentoring is a key value imbedded in the fabric of our culture, and is apparent across all levels of the firm


We are a global law firm with clients who represent leaders in their industries. We work hard to continuously exceed client expectations, and make it enjoyable by working as a team. If you are on an intense case or large business deal, for instance, other associates and partners will help you to meet the challenge. If you have personal matters to attend to, or simply want to take some vacation time, your team members will cover for you. We work hard, to be sure, but we also work together.

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