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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

Like many first-time moms, I returned to work after maternity leave with some trepidation. But I soon found that my colleagues at Davis Polk – at all levels of the firm – were there for me at every turn. The firm has always given me the support I need to develop professionally, and after my maternity leave, the firm also gave me the flexibility I need to be a parent. At Davis Polk, I have never felt that I have to choose between being a parent and being a lawyer, and my perception was confirmed when I was promoted to counsel not long after I returned from maternity leave. The firm is dedicated to its people, and I have seen the ways that dedication benefits the firm and its clients."
– Sidney Bashago, 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


We believe that employee wellness makes a vital difference in the workplace and we are committed to helping our employees achieve their best possible health. Our DPWellness initiative provides information and resources for overall wellbeing through a variety of interactive programs and services, including:

  • Weekly meditation sessions
  • Bi-weekly yoga classes
  • Monthly lunch-and-learns, table greets, seminars and workshops on health, financial and mindfulness topics
  • Health club subsidy/fitness reimbursement
  • The Davis Polk Health and Wellness Center, an on-site health center in our New York office, provides acute and wellness care exclusively to our personnel

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. Recently, four former associates, three of whom had left to be full-time parents, have completed the year-long program.