Placement and duration

The Summer Associate Program provides Black, Hispanic, Native American, and LGBT first year law students in-depth exposure to our Legal Department as well as the Firm’s culture. The 8-week program, beginning in June, includes an orientation to the Firm, senior management speaker seminars and social and networking events to build professional networks within Morgan Stanley and among New York law firms. As a Summer Associate, you would receive assignments that incorporate various aspects of a legal practice in a global financial institution.

Training program

The Summer Associate Program includes a both Firm-wide and business specific training. The remainder of the training is on the job.

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The Legal and Compliance Division is offering first year law students paid summer associate positions in our legal functions for 8 weeks during the summer. As a summer associate, you would receive a number of assignments that incorporate various aspects of a legal practice in a global financial institution.

Examples of assignments you might receive include:

  • Assisting attorneys with investigating claims (such as participating in client interviews).
  • Collecting relevant materials in response to inquiries.
  • Assisting in the preparation of responses to certain requests.
  • Assisting with legal and regulatory research.
  • Assisting with aspects of regulatory reform implementation.
  • Preparing client updates on legal developments.

Qualifications/ Skills/ Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in 1st year of JD program.
  • Interest in financial institution's law and regulatory practice.
  • Excellent academic performance.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong research and analytical ability.
  • Superior organization skills and attention to detail.


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