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Your Path

Along with early responsibility and meaningful work, you’ll receive top-level training, participate in professional development programs and have access to ongoing mentoring. The Davis Polk experience helps you become an excellent lawyer and gives you credentials that will open doors throughout your career.


There is no typical career path for a Davis Polk associate. Below, read several first-hand accounts from current and former Davis Polk partners, counsel and associates about their unique experiences.

As a Davis Polk associate, about 20 to 30 percent of my work was pro bono, which let me pursue my passion around women’s rights movements in Muslim countries. Now as executive director of Equality Now, I work to protect the rights of women and girls around the world, with a focus on legal advocacy. It’s helped my career to have started at Davis Polk. I've often used the hard skills – negotiating, drafting – and the clear thinking that I learned at Davis Polk.”
– Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director, Equality Now
Former Associate, Davis Polk, Corporate

I am based in our Tokyo office after starting in New York and later returning to the firm to practice for a couple of years in our M&A Group. The Tokyo office offers law students the opportunity to practice U.S. law in Japan in a dynamic and supportive environment. It’s a small, close-knit office, but lawyers access the full resources of the firm for the benefit of our clients. From day one as a new associate in Tokyo, I was fully integrated into our capital markets practice and had a role in the full range of deal activity: pitching, deal kick-off, structuring, due diligence, negotiations and on through launch and closing. Now I focus on cross-border M&A deals, and interact daily with lawyers in our other offices.”
– Mörk Murdock, Counsel

After my first son was born I was not sure how, or if, I would be able to successfully balance my family life and my professional life at Davis Polk. A number of partners were very encouraging, however, and not long after I returned from my maternity leave I was promoted to counsel. The firm has been incredibly supportive and has helped me to develop a schedule that works for my family, the firm and, most importantly, our clients. The firm's dedication to its people and its willingness and ability to accommodate varying levels of intensity during different phases of a person's career is, in my opinion, one of its most impressive attributes.”
– Heather Ward, Counsel

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Professional Development

We offer our associates a robust professional development curriculum, one that provides multiple opportunities to gain exposure to a wide spectrum of relevant aspects of the legal profession.

  • Rotation opportunities for first-year corporate associates
  • Over 350 training sessions each year
  • Multiday intensive seminars for first-, third- and fifth-year associates
  • Networking events
  • Formal mentor programs and ongoing informal mentoring

Davis Polk Revisited

In 2016, we launched a re-entry program designed to welcome back former Davis Polk lawyers who have taken a considerable leave from the legal profession. So far, five former associates have returned to the firm  some of them after having left to be full-time parents.

Learn more about our Davis Polk Revisited program at