As a summer associate, you may choose work assignments from any practice area in which you are interested, either through the firm's work-assignment database or directly from attorneys. You may be asked to draft board-meeting minutes, articles of incorporation, venture financing documents, closing documents for transactions, and answers to complaints. In addition, you may attend board meetings, depositions, judicial proceedings, IPO drafting sessions, and client meetings. Attorneys will provide guidance during the assignment and feedback at the end of every project.
WSGR 2015 Summer Associate Anna Mascoli, NYU '16:
"This summer I had the amazing opportunity to work on an IPO from the beginning to the end of the filing process. When I was first added to the project, I thought I would be sitting in on some meetings and doing a few research assignments for the team. I was surprised when my first week I was asked to help draft questionnaires that would be sent out to directors and officers of the company.
Throughout the process, I had the opportunity to work directly with senior associates and partners, and I had a great mentoring experience with the first- and second-year associates staffed on the IPO as well. Over the next few weeks, I helped draft board consents, confidentiality treatments, and corporate governance policies; completed a scrub of the company's website for potential SEC problems; sat in on drafting sessions; and even got to go to the printers when the S-1 was filed. Not only did I get a breadth of substantial work experience, but I quickly formed relationships with associates and partners who took time to explain even the most basic steps in the IPO process. I also was able to meet the board members of the company and really felt that I was a part of the team, even as a summer associate.
Part of the reason I chose to work at WSGR for my summer was the small group environment and opportunities to do challenging work right away—and my experience more than lived up to my expectations."