The goal of our summer program is to immerse law students in life at Chadbourne and to provide a realistic look at the Firm, both in terms of the work we do and the people we are.
Summer associates in our New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices are exposed to a variety of work throughout the summer. Consistent with practice-area interests, they may work on corporate deals, project finance transactions, commercial, insurance or products liability litigations, employment law and intellectual property matters. Through hands-on work and by "shadowing" Chadbourne attorneys, summer associates experience all aspects of legal work. The objective of our training, mentoring and professional development programs is to give these associates solid skills in negotiating, drafting, researching, performing legal analysis, strategizing and developing business. Whenever possible, they are invited to work directly with our clients, attend court proceedings and participate in conference calls.
In addition to "billable" client work, we encourage associates to work on pro bono assignments through formalized city-wide programs and our own cases. Our summer associates regularly participate in city wide pro bono projects including The Sanctuary For Families Courtroom Advocacy Project, the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Clinic and the NYC Bar Seminar on Homelessness. They also had the opportunity to work on political asylum cases, IP matters (copyright, patent and trademark infringement), corporate governance and landlord/tenant disputes through the many other pro bono organizations that Chadbourne supports. In 2008, Chadbourne reinstated its participation in the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest's Visiting Summer Associate Program which places summer associates in pro bono organizations throughout the city for two week paid externships. During this time, summer associates receive the same salary, and still participate in the summer program activities and training sessions at Chadbourne.
Levels of Mentoring
Our mentoring process provides students with a partner mentor as well as an associate mentor. This not only gives them the opportunity to form a relationship with a partner, but also provides experience with different clients and industries. The associate mentor helps with day to day office life.
In addition to designated partner and associate mentors, there are also work assignment mentors from each of the major practice areas. These senior associates provide guidance and feedback on work.
Feedback is an important and on-going component of the summer experience. Associates receive informal feedback throughout the summer, with formal at the midpoint of the summer and upon departure.
Practical Training and Workshops
Throughout the summer, both Chadbourne attorneys and outside professionals provide hands-on practical training and workshops. They cover such topics as deposition skills, the art of negotiation, due diligence procedures and how to draft contracts. Practice-area workshops features presentations by partners within specific practice areas to familiarize associates with Chadbourne's range of work. In addition to summer-specific training sessions, they are encouraged to participate in the firm's Business Development Series, which covers such topics as building professional relationships, marketing, communication skills and creating business plans.
Associates receive their assignments from the Legal Recruiting Department. Assignments are customized based on interest, work load, familiarity with the subject and availability.
The Social Side of the Summer
Our program events provide good food, good fun and, most important, opportunities for our summer associates and attorneys to get to know one another. Chadbourne's New York office is located in Rockefeller Center, close to Fifth Avenue, Times Square, the theater district and the many other cultural and social opportunities New York City has to offer. In recent years, our social activities in New York have included cooking classes in Tribeca, bicycle rides in Central Park, Broadway theatre nights, progressive dinners in Little Italy and trips to New York landmarks, like the legendary Apollo Theater and Top of the Rock. In our Washington, DC office, summer associates are exposed to the best of what the Capitol has to offer through in depth training programs, firm lunches and activities. In Los Angeles summer associate events include Dodger games, bowling nights, cook-outs at partners' houses, and wind farm tours.
At Chadbourne, we work hard, we play hard and we want to enjoy both.
Most of the Firm's yearly entry-level class of lawyers are recruited through our summer program. Our "offer-accepted" rates are very high, demonstrating our commitment to our summer program, the strength of our practice and the vitality of our lawyers.
In the summer 2007 and 2008, Chadbourne's DC office hosted two interns through a State Department program that enables young professional women from the Middle East and North Africa to work in U.S. companies and law firms. Interns from Qatar and Tunisia began working in Washington following a month-long LL.M.-level academic program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. They came to Chadbourne through the Legal and Business Fellowship Program, part of the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
How to Apply
Learn more about where and when Chadbourne is interviewing law students for our summer program, or get more information on applying.