Gupta Wessler LLP is the only firm of its kind in the nation—a private public interest law firm specializing in high-profile Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. Our cases cover a very broad range of issues, including consumers’ and workers’ rights, class actions, access to the courts, civil rights, and constitutional law. In these and other areas, we work closely with leading non-profit organizations, scholars, policy experts, local governments, and other law firms to help shape the law in ways that enhance justice and improve people’s lives.
Each year, the firm selects two or three highly qualified law students (or recent pre-clerkship graduates) to spend the summer working on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. We seek students with exceptional writing ability, the capacity to think rigorously and creatively about the law, and a real passion for advocacy in the public interest. We generally hire 2Ls (or 3Ls seeking a position between law school graduation and the start of a judicial clerkship).
Summer associates at Gupta Wessler are given an unparalleled opportunity to take responsibility for intellectually challenging legal research and writing projects that directly contribute to public-interest advocacy at the highest levels. They work on briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts on issues of first impression, analyze cutting-edge law and policy issues, and work with lawyers on a range of substantive matters. We vow never to occupy our students with the busywork assignments typical of large firms. We strive to ensure that each student leaves the firm with high-quality writing samples for use in applications for judicial clerkships, public interest fellowships, and other competitive positions. Students all participate in the firms’ weekly meetings, at which we debate which new cases to take on and discuss difficult strategic issues. To the extent possible during the summer, we try to expose students to a range of other activities, such as moot courts, strategy sessions, client meetings, and oral arguments.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, references, and writing sample (with your name redacted) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in August 2023and will be accepted until the positions are filled. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit their materials by September 1.
Guidance for Writing Samples: We encourage multiple writing samples (legal or nonlegal) that reflect a student’s most challenging work so far–not just cookie-cutter assignments for first-year legal writing courses. Scholarly papers are welcome (including undergraduate papers), but we prefer to also see at least one in-depth advocacy piece or legal memorandum. We also like to see non-legal writing (including published work) that reveals a student’s general interests and writing ability. We prefer whole documents to excerpts. Samples that have been edited or commented upon by others are perfectly fine so long as that fact is noted. To facilitate blind review, each writing sample should be submitted as a separate PDF file, omitting the applicant’s identifying information (such as name and law school).