Summer Associate Jobs
Summer associate jobs are a natural first step for law school students to "try out" different law firms. These positions are at the bottom of the law firm's management hierarchy and are intended for law school students who have completed at least two years of law school.

This is an intern position and because the associates are still in law school, they have not passed the bar exam in their state yet. These employees are often called summer clerks or law clerks.

This is a highly competitive position and while internships may be unpaid in smaller firms, there is often a salary associated with a position in a larger firm. Many firms use this avenue as a way to also try out potential employees, and upon a successful summer, may offer full time employment upon graduation. In fact, there are firms that use this intern program as their primary recruiting tool for new hires.

Because this is such a highly competitive arena, a summer associate needs to understand that every movement over the summer will be critiqued and analyzed by other attorneys. In fact, summer associates should look at the summer months as an extended interview. Treat every event, every encounter as a part of that long term interview.

It's important to find a mentor in the law firm. While it's important to get to know everybody, it's equally advisable to find someone that can show you the ropes in the firm. This is a great way to get to know the culture of the firm. In addition, summer clerks should have someone proofread their work and provide guidance. The mentor - and others - can provide invaluable feedback. A smart summer associate will digest all forms of feedback, criticism and compliment alike, and redirect his or her actions in accordance with this feedback.

Over the summer, a competent law clerk will notate every rule and ensure that no corners are cut. This may be as simple as making sure to adhere to the dress code or not sneaking out five minutes early before the weekend.

As the economy struggles to recover from the recession, law firms may still be cutting back on summer intern jobs. However, there are still options available for this invaluable job experience.
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Boston MA, USA
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1L Diversity Internship Summer Associate Duties: Participate in training workshops including a mock arbitration in courtroom, work on pro bono cases, work with writing coaches, and may accompany our lawyers to trials, hearings, depositions, negotiations, and client meetings. Do interesting work, learn about the firm, its practice and lawyers by working with them on matters being handled by the firm. Focus on writing and analysis.
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Menlo Park CA, USA
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Seeking 1L Summer Associate to work with Electronics and Software team in Silicon Valley for the 2015 summer program. The candidate must have backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Physics. Should have an excellent academic record (top 20%) and demonstrated leadership in an extra-curricular activities. Law Review/Law Journal or Moot Court/Mock Trial experience preferred.
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Washington DC, USA
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Seeking 1L Summer Associate to work with Electronics and Software team in Silicon Valley for the 2015 summer program. The candidate must have backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Physics. Should have an excellent academic record (top 20%) and demonstrated leadership in an extra-curricular activities. Law Review/Law Journal or Moot Court/Mock Trial experience preferred.
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Denver CO, USA
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Seeking 1L Summer Associate to work with Electronics and Software team in Silicon Valley for the 2015 summer program. The candidate must have backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Physics. Should have an excellent academic record (top 20%) and demonstrated leadership in an extra-curricular activities. Law Review/Law Journal or Moot Court/Mock Trial experience preferred.
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Fresno CA, USA
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Summer Law Clerk Program The program exposes the clerks to the practice areas, attorneys, and staff. Each clerk rotates through various practice areas, including litigation, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, and business transactions as the firm's needs may dictate. Attorneys in each practice area will assign projects to clerks and evaluate the projects when they are completed. The firm encourages lawyers to take clerks to court for hearings on motions and to observ...
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Indianapolis IN, USA
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2015 Summer Associates The candidate should be currently enrolled student.
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Minneapolis MN, USA
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Summer Associate 2015 - Life Sciences Prosecution First-year summer associate who is willing to join the intellectual property patent prosecution practice will be considered. The ideal candidate should have passed in the top 25% for undergraduate and law school. An undergraduate and advanced degree in the Life Sciences is required. Industry experienced is preferred.
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Bakersfield CA, USA
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Summer Law Clerk Program The program exposes the clerks to the practice areas, attorneys, and staff. Each clerk rotates through various practice areas, including litigation, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, and business transactions as the firm's needs may dictate. Attorneys in each practice area will assign projects to clerks and evaluate the projects when they are completed. The firm encourages lawyers to take clerks to court for hearings on motions and to observ...
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San Francisco CA, USA
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2015 Summer Associate The candidate will attend depositions, court appearances, and trials/hearings and interact with business partners and clients. Will also receive substantive feedback and mentoring on assignments. Completion of first year of law school just prior to the beginning of the 2015 will be considered. Should have excellent academic credentials, and strong legal research and writing skills. Demonstrated leadership experience, prior work experience and diversif...
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Denver CO, USA
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2015 Summer Associate The candidate should be currently enrolled student.
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