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Summer Program Overview


Our Summer Program is a 10-week immersion in the real-world practice of law. Summer associates are active members of legal teams working on important projects. They receive focused leadership, client-service, diversity and inclusion, and business development training. They are assigned mentors and coaches, participate in events and seminars, and are given individualized guidance on judicial clerkships, pro bono opportunities, and other practical experiences that support client and firm goals while fostering professional development.

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Berkeley Law...


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Lavender Law Career Fair...

Summer Program Overview


Our Summer Program is a 10-week immersion in the real-world practice of law. Summer associates are active members of legal teams working on important projects. They receive focused leadership, client-service, diversity and inclusion, and business development training. They are assigned mentors and coaches, participate in events and seminars, and are given individualized guidance on judicial clerkships, pro bono opportunities, and other practical experiences that support client and firm goals while fostering professional development.

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No. of Summer Associates (2021)


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Summer Program Length


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1L Summers

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No. of Summer Associates (2021)


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Summer Program Length


More

1L Summers



More

Assigned to Specific Practice Area



More

Split Summer with Another Firm



More

Split Summer with Another Office



More

When Does Firm Begin Accepting Resumes for Summer Program



More

Summer Associate Salary



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Summer Program Contact

Heidi Leathers...


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Offices with Program

Dallas...


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Schools Visited for OCI

Berkeley Law...


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Career Fairs Attended

Lavender Law Career Fair...

Survey Says


Training & Assignments

  • “The summer associate program does a good job of exposing summer associates to different types of assignments relevant to each practice group. It provides a good window into the types of assignments that are common [for] associates but also opportunities such as sitting in on calls, observing depositions, trials, etc.”
  • “I was given similar assignments to what junior associates were doing and had lots of opportunities to interact with attorneys at all levels.”
  • “Each assignment I had was part of a real, ongoing matter. The research I did and the work product I produced was taken seriously, and some of it even ended up in briefs! I was also able to participate in a deposition, a scheduling conference with a federal judge, and I attended an oral argument.”
  • “I had the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments, ranging from research to drafting pleadings to attending court and participating in thought leadership.”

Social Opportunities

  • “The firm does a great job with the social aspects of the program, and there is typically very high turnout amongst associate and partners, so summer associates are able to have interactions with people at the firm with varying levels of experience.”
  • “Social events were varied, including less traditional activities like hiking and rafting. My summer associate class became very close as a result, and we still have weekly lunches three years later.”
  • “In general, there was strong camaraderie among the summer associates. We were all on one floor together, which helped us get to know each other. There were lots of social events, which provided a great opportunity to meet lawyers firmwide.”
  • “Social events were well thought [out] and well planned, and there [was] just the right amount. It doesn't feel as though one spends the entire summer with firm members, but there are also enough events to feel engaged and connected. The summer class in the New York office tends to be small (five to eight summer associates), which is great for bonding and developing a sense of camaraderie. …”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • “I would say things more or less complied with my expectations. Obviously, everything has been thrown upside down the past year with the pandemic, but the team and the firm have weathered it pretty well. Probably the most pleasant surprise I've had is just how kind and pleasant everyone is. The horror stories you can hear about BigLaw partners and making associates cry or be miserable all the time has not been my experience at all.”
  • “In regards to substantive work, the flexibility is the same as the summer, but more intense and [with] stricter deadlines. Even though that's not what the summer was like, I did expect that, and I was not surprised that I have to work harder as a real attorney. I'm glad the summer associateship was a good mix of fun and work; it did not alter my expectations for what would come as a first-year associate. …”
  • “Many of the associates, particularly the junior associates, were very candid about the dynamic of the firm with the summer associates. In general, it was no secret which practice groups were hiring and which weren't, and by the end of the summer, all the summer associates had a good sense of which team would extend them offers.”
  • “My experience practicing has not differed from the expectations I had as a summer associate. All of the attorneys were very honest with me and didn't ‘trick’ me into working at HuntonAK.”

Favorite Summer Events

  • “The trip to Houston that summer associates from all offices attended.”
  • “Hiking in the mountains and river rafting.”
  • “My favorite summer events were pizza-making classes and TopGolf.”