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Texas Lawyer invited the 25 firms with the largest operations in the state to participate in the 2014 Summer Associate Hiring Survey. The firms are ranked on “The Texas 100” poster published in Texas Lawyer’s April 28, 2014 edition based on the number of lawyers in the firms’ Texas offices. The survey was conducted online from April 15 to May 2, 2014. Twenty-one of the firms responded to the survey and reported hiring 510 summer associates for their Texas offices for 2014, which is 19 fewer Texas summer associates than the same firms hired in 2013. Of the 2014 Texas summer associates hired, 122 have completed one year of law school – increasing the number of 1L summer associates by one when compared with the number of 1Ls hired by the same firms last summer. Four firms declined to take part in the survey: Jones Day; K&L Gates; King & Spalding; and Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons.

Summer Associate Hires at the Largest Firms in Texas

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Summer Associates at Large Texas Firms

Compare the number of summer associates and their weekly salaries at the largest Texas law firms. See chart.

Summer Associates’ Law Schools

Find out from which law schools the summer associates graduated. See chart.

Top Law Schools for Texas Large Firm Summer Associates

Twenty-one of the 25 largest firms in Texas hired 510 summer associates for their Texas offices with 313 of those associates coming from five schools. See chart.

Women and Minority Summer Associates

Check the percentages of women and minority summer associates at Texas’ top law firms. See chart.