SEO USA Career Program


Law School Kick Start

SEO’s Law program is the only program of its kind to offer 0L (pre-law school students) an opportunity to intern with a top firm.  Interns will observe and experience first-hand the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of corporate attorneys at some of the nation’s most prestigious firms.

Broadly speaking, most corporate lawyers may be categorized as either transactional attorneys or litigators, and SEO interns are given exposure to both fields during their internships.

  • Transactional attorneys advise companies involved in large financial transactions including initial public offerings of stock, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and cross-border financing.
  • Litigators represent plaintiffs and defendants in trials and arbitrations and may work in various areas of law, including securities, tax, bankruptcy, antitrust, real estate and white-collar crime.

Corporate attorneys must demonstrate close attention to detail, display superlative communication skills, and above all, have the analytical ability to understand the application of law to a client’s business objectives. Our interns have a chance to practice these skills throughout the summer.

The SEO Difference

Our Model for success ensures that you will be better prepared for your 1L classes, will develop a strong network, and be well-positioned to land 1L internships at top firms.

SEO Interns participate in the SEO Law Institute, an exclusive two-week lecture series and networking forum led by top corporate lawyers and distinguished law school professors. Conceived in partnership with our law partners, the Institute teaches pre-law interns the skills necessary to excel during their first year in law school.

Past SEO Law Institute Topics include:

  • Overviews of 1L courses
    • Torts (Professor Regina Austin, University of Pennsylvania School of Law)
    • Civil Procedure (Professor Arthur Miller, New York University School of Law)
    • Criminal Law (Professor Rachel Barkow, New York University School of Law)
    • Constitutional Law (Professor Tobias Wolff, University of Pennsylvania School of Law)
    • Contracts (Professor Liam Murphy, New York University School of Law)
    • Property (Professor Dan Kelly, University of Notre Dame Law School)
  • Life As a 1L (Lucas Torres, Partner, Akin Gump)
  • Legal Writing and Exam-Taking (Wentworth Miller, Founder, LEEWS)
  • Negotiations (Erin Walczewski, Esq., Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center)

Our interns also get the opportunity to be introduced to partners, associates, in-house counsel and other accomplished members of the Bar during Networking Receptions hosted by SEO’s partner firms. They learn about trends in the law profession and to mix, mingle and connect with attorneys from our partner firms.

Past SEO Law Reception topics include:

  • A Hiring Partner's Perspective
  • Clerking: How do you obtain a clerkship? How does it fit in with a legal career?
  • International Law, Arbitration and Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property Practice: Litigation vs. Transactional
  • M&A Deals: What's an Attorney's Responsibility?
  • Pro Bono: How can I incorporate it into my practice?
  • The Economics of a Law Firm
  • Transactional and Litigation Practices
  • What does a Litigator really do?
  • What does CORPORATE Really Mean?

SEO Law Partnerships

SEO places interns at prestigious firms in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco/Palo Alto/Menlo Park, and Washington, D.C.

Click to view a list of partner firms.
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (DC, NYC, Houston, Los Angeles)
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (DC, NYC)
  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (DC, NYC) 
  • Clifford Chance (NYC)
  • Cooley (DC)
  • Covington & Burling (DC, San Francisco) 
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore (NYC)
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell (NYC, Menlo Park)
  • Debevoise & Plimpton (NYC)
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (DC, NYC)
  • Fulbright & Jaworski (Houston)
  • Jones Day (DC, NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta)
  • Kirkland & Ellis (NYC)
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (NYC)
  • Latham & Watkins (DC, NYC)
  • Linklaters (NYC)
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (NYC)
  • Morrison & Foerster (DC, NYC, San Francisco/Palo Alto, Los Angeles)
  • O'Melveny & Myers (DC, NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles)
  • Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C. (NYC)
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (NYC)
  • Proskauer (NYC)
  • Shearman & Sterling (DC, NYC)
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (NYC)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (DC, NYC)
  • Sullivan & Cromwell (NYC)
  • Vinson & Elkins (Houston)
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (NYC)
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges (NYC)
  • WilmerHale (DC, NYC, Palo Alto) 

Law Alumni

SEO offers its Law Program alums the unique opportunity to clerk for a judge in the Southern District of New York. The SEO Judicial Clerkship is the opportunity to clerk with a federal judge during the summer after the first year of law school - years before most other law students.

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