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We find that students benefit most from our summer associate program after completing two years of law school. As a result, our recruiting efforts for our summer program focus on 2L candidates. In certain limited circumstances, however, we may hire exceptional 1L or 3L candidates (for example, see below for our participation in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program).

The most successful candidates for a summer associate position at our firm are well-rounded, independent thinkers with a demonstrated record of achievement who also have interesting life and work experiences and excellent interpersonal skills. Strong summer associate candidates will have a well-articulated interest in the firm, the practice areas and the specific office to which they apply.

Academic performance is an important measure of achievement employed to assess your application, but other predictors of success are also considered in our evaluation process. Included among these other factors are excellence in related areas such as law review and moot court, leadership in extracurricular activities, intellectual curiosity, analytical and problem-solving skills and your ability to work well in a collaborative environment.

Application Process

The summer associate application process begins when you apply for an on-campus interview through your law school’s career services department or directly to our firm if we do not interview on-campus at your law school.

If you would like to be considered for the summer associate program in one of our offices, please sign up for an on-campus interview through your law school's career services office. To determine whether we will be visiting your law school this fall, click here. During the on-campus interview, you will generally meet with one or two lawyers from your office of interest. These lawyers then select students to invite to visit the firm for callback interviews.

We also welcome applications from qualified students attending law schools at which we do not currently conduct on-campus interviews. If we will not be visiting your law school, please click here to submit your application directly during the fall recruiting season.

Diversity Fellowship Program

We recognize that diverse talent is a strategic asset that allows for more effective client service. As part of our commitment to attracting and retaining the finest lawyers from all backgrounds and perspectives, we offer a Diversity Fellowship Program. Each recipient receives $10,000 and a paid summer clerkship with King & Spalding the summer following the completion of his or her second year of law school. If you have an ethnically or culturally diverse background, we welcome your application during August. For details and to submit your application, please click here.

1L LCLD Scholars Program

King & Spalding participates in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program, designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Each recipient receives a paid summer associate position with King & Spalding in our Atlanta or Washington, DC office the summer following the completion of his or her first year of law school, and will attend the LCLD Scholars Summit at the beginning of the summer. To submit your application after December 1, please click here.

Callback Interviews

If you are invited for callback interviews in our office, you will receive a telephone call either from the on-campus interviewer or a member of our recruiting team to schedule an in-office visit as soon as possible. During the scheduling call, we will discuss your particular areas of interest to ensure that you have the opportunity to meet lawyers in these practice areas. Callback interviews take about a half day, during which you meet with partners and associates, including members of the hiring committee. You will receive a copy of your interview schedule shortly before your visit.


We will assist out-of-town candidates in arranging travel and hotel accommodations for callback interviews. We encourage you to coordinate interview trips with other law firms in the same city so that whenever possible the cost may be shared among the firms with which you are meeting. A member of the recruiting team will provide additional information to you on what expenses are appropriate to submit for reimbursement. We prefer that students use the NALP Travel Expense Reimbursement Form for reimbursement of callback-related expenses.


Our hiring committees meet regularly during the fall recruiting season to review applications and make offer decisions on a rolling basis. You may receive a telephone call or a letter notifying you of the hiring committee’s decision. In some instances, a decision on your application may be deferred until subsequent hiring committee meetings or the resolution of outstanding offers.

If you receive a summer associate offer, we will send you a formal letter containing the details of your offer. To comply with NALP Part V: General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decision, all offers will remain open for 28 days following the date of the offer letter. Because the size of our summer class is limited, however, we appreciate notification as soon as you have reached a decision.

Additional Information

To learn more about our firm, please review the information available on the NALP Directory of Legal Employers website and the Chambers Associate website.

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