Law Students

Today’s associates are tomorrow’s firm leaders. It’s a familiar concept—and an idea we never forget. We take great care to select top-notch summer associates and law-school graduates, offer interesting work in a dynamic environment, and provide the resources and mentoring needed to get your career off to a fast start. We look forward to meeting you. 

Summer Program

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

If you have questions regarding the application process or the firm’s on-campus events, please contact the legal recruiting team member in the office in which you are interested in applying.  

Interviews

To make the on-campus recruiting process as seamless as possible, we interview centrally on-campus for all offices that have a summer program. Candidates who apply directly online may be contacted by phone for a preliminary interview. If you are selected for a call-back interview, you will be contacted by recruiting staff in the appropriate office(s) to schedule interview dates and arrange travel.

In-office interviews typically include a half day of meetings with key lawyers and recruiting staff and, if possible, a meal with additional members of the office. These visits give you an opportunity to ask as many questions as you answer, helping you learn more about the firm, our culture and our clients. Following these interviews, we strive to extend offers as quickly as possible.

Interview Tips

Interviews are a two-way street: they allow a law firm to learn more about you and are an opportunity for you to explore and compare the law firms that interest you. We recognize, of course, that the person conducting the interview may have more experience in that setting than you. Since the ability to present yourself well in an interview is a skill that will benefit you throughout your career, we offer the following tips:

  • Do your research. Learn as much as you can about potential legal employers and individual offices so that you know what differentiates them and can ask specific questions about the topics that interest you the most.
  • Avoid back-to-back interviews. Interviewers make every effort to stay on schedule, but you should plan for the possibility that your interview, or meetings before yours, could run long. Even the most diligent law students can’t be in two places at once!
  • Arrive early. Your interviewer will be notified when you arrive, and that will encourage him or her to complete the current interview.
  • Dress appropriately. If you have questions about attire, contact the firm’s recruiting staff.
  • Respond to offers in a timely manner. When offered an interview, accept or decline the opportunity as soon as possible, and be sure to indicate any scheduling preferences.
  • Confirm your on-campus or call-back interview schedule before your arrival. This will give you a chance to research the lawyers with whom you will be meeting.
  • Express genuine interest in the firm. Be prepared to talk about why you want to work with a particular employer.
  • Relax and enjoy yourself! We know, that’s easier said than done — especially when multiple interviews are happening on top of your law school coursework. We’ve been there and survived the process; you will, too. Be professional, but allow your personality to come through.

Above all, remember that small courtesies make a big impact and are rarely forgotten.

And one final tip: Be sure to comply with all NALP guidelines regarding timing of decisions and the number of offers that can be held open.

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