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.

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We anticipate our 2023 Program will begin May 15, 2023.

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. If you are interested in applying for our 1L Diversity Fellowship, please submit your materials via our website by Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Additional details can be found here.

Open Positions

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2023 Summer Associate Program.

We actively recruit at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law and Tulane Law School. If you are interested in a Summer Associate position with Porter Hedges, we encourage you to attend the upcoming events we have planned at your law school and submit your resume through your respective law schools’ resume drop via Symplicity. If you have a question about the upcoming events at your law school, please contact our Attorney Recruiting and Development Manager, Deirdra Clement.

If you are interested in applying for our 2023 Summer Associate Program, please feel free to apply to our 1L position via our website. The deadline to apply for any 1L position for our 2023 program is Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Please note: We are no longer accepting 2L online applications for our 2023 Summer Associate program.


Heather K. Hatfield
Hiring Partner
Deirdra N. Clement
Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager

Hear from our Summer Associates

"The Summer Associate program was a priceless experience that allowed me to learn what life as a Porter Hedges attorney will be like.  I was able to get to know the people that I will be working alongside with, learn from the associates and partners, and get hands on experience on what my first few years as an associate will be."

Lorena Valle
South Texas College of Law


"The summer program allowed me to connect with Porter Hedges attorneys on a more personal level and I appreciated that.  My favorite event was the Sunday Brunch.  Having the opportunity to interact with the attorneys and their spouse in a relaxed atmosphere made me feel extremely connected to the firm and it's attorneys."

Jason Allen
The University of Texas School of Law


"The Summer Associate program provided me the opportunity to be exposed to the realities of the legal profession and gain tangible work experience.  It also gave me the chance to get to know the attorneys and staff at Porter Hedges, and begin fostering bonds early on in my legal career."

Sage Knapp
Tulane Law School


"The program has provided me great insight into the various aspects of the transactional and litigation practice areas and allowed me to find what I want my legal career to focus on.  I was able to work on substantive projects on a wide variety of  corporate deals, helping prepare the documents, listening to conference calls, and corresponding with clients.  Outside of work, the firm did a great job facilitating meaningful conversations with attorneys in one on one or group settings, allowing me to ask important questions about practice group culture."

Tripp Hise
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.