Careers

Law Students

Overview

Law Students

Porter Hedges employs law students from numerous schools throughout the country in its Summer Associate Program. The Firm is constantly on the lookout for the intellectually curious lawyer with a passion to be the best. Because the law students we recruit are sought after by the nations' finest law firms and legal departments, we are often asked, "Why Porter Hedges?" Here's the answer:

You won't get lost in the crowd

Porter Hedges' summer associate class usually consists of 6-8 law students. By contrast, several of our large firm competitors have classes of over 50 summer associates. As a summer associate at Porter Hedges, you will get to know our newest lawyers and the most seasoned.

Become a better lawyer sooner

As an associate at Porter Hedges, you have a chance to become a fine lawyer early in your career. You certainly will get more experience in a shorter period of time than you would at many typical large law firms. This means your work will be more interesting (translation: as a young lawyer you will attend more hearings, take more depositions and close more deals).

We believe that these hands-on experiences are the ultimate lawyer training program.

Just ask any of our associates.

Work with the best

Porter Hedges' practices and lawyers are consistently ranked by various publications and outlets. The firm was ranked by the National Law Journal’s “Mid-Sized Hot List” among only 20 firms nationally to spot emerging trends, provide cost efficient service, and establish long-lasting client relationships (2010 and 2012). The firm's Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional practice received national recognition from Chambers USA in its 2013 annual rankings. The firm’s Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Construction, Corporate M&A, Environmental, and Insurance Practices were also recognized in the State of Texas. In addition, 10 attorneys were named by Chambers USA as "Leaders in their Field." Eighteen of our partners are listed in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America list. Sixteen of our partners were selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers and 8 attorneys were named Rising Stars in 2013. Many of our associates and partners serve on numerous local and state bar association sections. You will be working with some of the best, most outstanding lawyers in their respective field.

Take advantage of the experience

When you come to work at Porter Hedges, expect to sit across the negotiating table or the courtroom from your peers at the country's largest law firms. One big difference: you may find yourself as one of the lead lawyers on the deal or case.

Your daily work will include a focus on client strategy and the big picture, not just one piece of the puzzle.

We are large enough to sustain the infrastructure and support necessary for your practice. You will have topnotch legal assistants and secretarial staff to aid you in your work, along with the necessary IT and marketing staff to help your practice thrive.

What happens in a rising tide?

Porter Hedges is strong and growing. We are growing not just for the sake of it, but because our clients are growing and we're gaining market share by winning over new clients.We believe that most clients still hire lawyers and not firms.