Law Students

Our 10-week Summer Associate Program gives students insight into the day-to-day experience of a first year Associate at Porter Hedges. To ensure a fulfilling experience, we intentionally assign substantive, challenging, and billable work aimed to develop and broaden skills. Summer Associates will experience our personal and entrepreneurial culture firsthand and learn more about why Porter Hedges is the perfect place to spend their career.

Click here for additional information about our summer program


We anticipate our 2024 Program will begin May 13, 2024.

Class Size

8-10 law students (1L and 2L)


Our compensation package is competitive with that of other large firms in the Houston downtown market.


There is no formal practice group rotation system. We'd rather our Summer Associates have the ability to receive assignments tailored to their specific practice group interests.


Each Summer Associate is assigned a Partner and Associate mentor to provide professional guidance and facilitate introductions within the firm.

Social Activities

We plan weekly social events and lunches inside and outside of the office in an effort to integrate our Summer Associates with our firm's culture and foster closer relationships.

For additional information on our summer program, please contact Deirdra Clement. 

1L Diversity Fellowship Program

The Porter Hedges 1L Diversity Fellowship is awarded annually to a first-year law student with a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. The fellowship program provides the selected candidate the opportunity to receive up to $25,000 in stipends during their participation in the program. Additional details can be found here.

Summer Associate Positions

We are currently accepting 2L applications for our 2025 Summer Associate program via our online portal. To apply, please click here.  For questions, comments, or additional information, please email our Attorney Recruitment Manager, Deirdra Clement


Joseph L. Morrel
Hiring Partner
Deirdra N. Clement
Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager

Hear from our Summer Associates

"The Summer Associate program was an incredible experience that taught me so much about legal field and what being an attorney at Porter Hedges would be like. I worked directly with Partners and Associates on numerous active client matters. I received beneficial feedback which helped me improve throughout the summer. My favorite event was the Progressive Dinner. I enjoyed having dinner at the attorneys homes and getting to know them and their families."

Deena Chahadeh
South Texas College of Law


"The Summer Associate program gave me the chance to learn from the attorneys while at the same time build meaningful relationships with them, both professionally and personally. I worked side by side with associates and partners, completed substantive legal work, and truly got a sense of the firm culture at all of the fun events. After spending two summers at the firm, I am excited to start my career in the fall of 2024 as an associate at Porter Hedges."

Lex Kumar
Tulane Law School


"The Summer Associate program at Porter Hedges provided me with invaluable experience, contributing significantly to my professional, social, and personal growth. During my time in the program, I had the opportunity to witness the real-life demands of being an attorney and was entrusted with handling substantive work. I was also able to immerse myself in Porter Hedges' culture and build meaningful connections with the attorneys on a personal level."

Rachel Hicks
University of Houston Law Center


Porter Hedges guarantees equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to sex, age, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.