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 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, 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 our summer associates solid skills in negotiating, drafting, researching, performing legal analysis, strategizing and developing business. Throughout the summer, they are invited to work directly with our clients, attend court proceedings and participate in conference calls.
The summer associate experience in our Washington, DC office is focused on preparing for a career as a Project Finance lawyer. While summer associates in DC have an opportunity to receive assignments and shadowing opportunities from all practice areas, the core of the DC summer experience resides in our Project Finance group. Our DC summers are immersed in the broad scope of our sophisticated and global Project Finance practice, with work ranging across renewable and conventional energy projects in the United States; energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets with a direct impact on accessibility of electricity, water, and transportation; innovative technologies such as liquefied natural gas, new-build nuclear power, and energy storage; financing, project development, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and political risk insurance. Our DC Project Finance attorneys work in a dynamic and team-oriented environment and enjoy mentoring summers and young associates as they learn more about the industries and deal structures around which our practice revolves.
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 Youth About Business program. They also have 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.
Levels of Mentoring
Our mentoring process provides students with a senior mentor as well as a junior mentor. This not only gives them the opportunity to form a relationship with a senior member of the Firm, but also provides experience with different clients and industries. The associate mentor guides the summers through day-to-day life at the office.
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 on their areas of expertise 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 feedback 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, summer associates 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, scavenger hunts in the West Village, wine cruises on the Hudson, 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.
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.
How to ApplyLearn more about where and when Chadbourne is interviewing law students for our summer program, or get more information on applying.