New Associates

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New Associate Hiring

Our new associates are typically recruited from our summer program. From time to time, however, we may recruit third-year law students for new associate positions. Any position open to third-year students will be posted through your law school’s career services office.

New Associate Links

All new full-time lawyers participate in the firm’s Link Program. Each new associate is assigned both an associate link and a partner link. The links act as liaisons for the new associate, both socially and professionally, by facilitating introductions, providing guidance on work assignments and monitoring the new associate's overall progress.

New Associate Training

New associates benefit from specific programs and training to orient them to the firm. All new associates participate in local and firmwide orientation programs that are intended to ease the transition from law student to lawyer for each new associate. Our annual Junior Associate Academy introduces new associates to the culture and history of the firm, as well as the substantive and practical issues that new associates face. In addition, Junior Associate Academy offers new associates the opportunity to meet their peers in other offices and practice groups.

Throughout their first year, our new associates also participate in various interactive and observational programs conducted by King & Spalding lawyers and our knowledgeable staff. Additionally, new associates are invited to our in-office training programs as well as to practice group, office and firm meetings.

Most importantly, our new associates are able to get hands-on training by working closely with our lawyers on client matters, as well as observing closings, hearings, client meetings, negotiation sessions, depositions and trials whenever possible.

"Lawyers primarily learn by doing challenging work for clients, and while we offer plenty of that, we also help new lawyers learn their craft through formal training on critical legal and practice management skills and regular feedback."


Lisa S. Keyes
Professional Development Partner