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Pro bono work, a trip to Tokyo and more
US summer associate Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong reflects on her experience as a summer associate in our New York office.

The time has flown by since I joined White & Case as a summer associate. As the summer associate program ends, I am in awe of how much I have been able to experience over the past few months. Not only did I receive a wealth of substantive work—I sat second chair at an expert witness deposition, assisted in drafting a motion and conducted intensive research on expert witnesses overseas—but I also cultivated relationships with many brilliant and inspiring lawyers.  

Why I chose White & Case

My first introduction to White & Case was through an upperclassmen mentor at Cornell Law School. I had been asking her for suggestions on where I should apply, given that I wanted to find a firm with a genuine commitment to diversity. She strongly encouraged me to consider White & Case, where she was then spending her summer—she now works for the Firm’s Washington DC office. 

It was imperative to me when going into on-campus interviews that I find firms that not only promoted diversity, but practiced it as well. After speaking to the lawyers at White & Case and visiting the New York office, I knew that this was one such firm.

Immense global presence and reputation for diversity

White & Case has a strong reputation for being one of the most diverse big law firms out there. It has been ranked first on AmLaw’s Diversity Scorecard since 2014, and was first on Law360’s Diversity Snapshot in both 2016 and 2017. In practice, this translates to the visible and celebrated empowerment of women, people of color and other underrepresented groups, via the Firm’s leaders and affinity networks. When speaking to attorneys about why and how they think the Firm has been so successful at cultivating diversity, I have heard multiple times that it is, in part, because of our immense global presence.

Opportunity to work in Tokyo

Speaking of the Firm’s global presence, I had the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks working in our Tokyo office as part of the Summer Associate Overseas Rotation Program. I had an incredible time there. I was seated on a floor of M&A lawyers, made up of both US lawyers and bengoshi. While I was there, I gained valuable exposure to corporate work—something I did not do in New York, where I elected to rotate solely through litigation. I was also able to work closely on drafting a client affidavit for a pro bono immigration case.

My Tokyo rotation was also my first time in Japan as an adult, and I spent my free time exploring the city and eating great food. My best memory, however, was watching Japan win against Columbia in the World Cup with some members of the office!

Pro bono experience 

When I returned to the New York office, I had the opportunity to take on significant responsibility with a pro bono case for a nonprofit organization that collaborates with legal firms to provide support to women living in poverty in New York City. I worked in a small team and helped serve as a point of contact between the Firm and our client. I was also able to actively participate in client meetings and draft documents.

Hands-on experience of pro bono work

Not only did this assignment give me some amazing hands-on work, I also gained an appreciation for how seriously the Firm considers pro bono. The senior attorneys on the case—while certainly busy—took significant time to attend trainings, client meetings, and team meetings with the other summer associates assigned to the case. 

I am incredibly grateful for my experiences this summer and encourage any law student interested in working at White & Case to reach out to the recruiting team. 

“Not only did I receive a wealth of substantive work… I also cultivated relationships with many brilliant and inspiring lawyers.”

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