Published: Jun 25, 2020
Every summer, law firms around the U.S. roll out impressive summer associate programs, packed with work assignments, training, and often-lavish events. The summer program is a valuable recruiting tool and the main source from which firms recruit entry-level associates. Not to mention, the programs are often exceptionally fun and allow summer associates and lawyers to bond and network. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, however, many law firms had to reshape summer programs to become completely remote, while still immersing summer associates in the culture.
Vault sat down with Andrea Basham and Paul Tiger of Freshfields to explore what their firm's virtual summer associate program looks like this year—including which factors informed the firm's planning, how the firm will handle networking, and what kinds of virtual events the firm will host. Click here to watch Vault's video interview with Freshfields.
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With several weeks of the “new normal” under our belts, we checked in with practicing attorneys to see how they have adjusted to working from home and what advice they have for law students who will be working remotely this summer. Read on to see what they had to say.
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Is my dream job what I think it is, or is it something I am meant for but have never had the opportunity to experience? Well, maybe one of the best ways to find out would be to try out—and what better way to try out a “dream” job than having a small test run or, to put it differently, getting an internship in a field one aspires to be in.
Each year, Vault surveys thousands of current and former interns at more than 100 internship programs to create our annual Internship Rankings. Last year, we asked 12,000 interns to rate their programs in a variety of areas, including quality of projects, real-life experience, networking opportunities, training and mentoring, and more.