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Summer Associate Program

Who:

We seek to hire intelligent, entrepreneurial law students with a strong motivation to thrive in a high performance culture.

What:  

Summer associates receive a hands-on, meaningful experience that provides a thorough understanding of the work we do and the clients we serve.

When:  

Our program typically begins in mid-May and concludes 10 weeks later in mid-July. Additionally, summer associates come together for an in-person spring training retreat to start the orientation process, get to know the firm and meet each other before their May arrival.

Where:  

Our summer program is available in many of our U.S. offices, including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

How: 

The summer programs include daily interaction and real work assignments with our lawyers across various practice groups. Summer associates are encouraged to participate in pro bono work and forge strong relationships with our attorneys and their peers. They are guided through the process by their associate mentor.

By the end of the summer program, these future lawyers have developed the kinds of skills, knowledge and relationships that provide a foundation for a successful and enjoyable legal career.

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Getting to Know Us

Our summer associate programs include opportunities to get to know our lawyers in both professional and social settings. By working within several practice areas, summer associates have the chance to experience each practice's culture and day-to-day atmosphere. Networking opportunities are plentiful with access to lawyers and clients at social receptions, activities and practice group meetings.

Zach Mahone Zach Mahone (IU- McKinney) Indianapolis Office
"The culture at Faegre Baker Daniels is amazing. One of the main reasons that I decided to return to Faegre Baker Daniels for a second summer is the people. I remember during my interview process I was amazed by how interested the partners were in me. This experience has held true during the summer as well. There have been a number of times where partners have stopped me in the halls and invited me to attend a deposition or a client meeting. Also, the work environment is great. Whether it’s playing softball or having a knockout basketball tournament, the partners and associates at Faegre Baker Daniels know how to be one of the top firms in Indianapolis while also finding time to have fun."

Challenging Work

Summer associates receive a variety of challenging assignments, ranging from client meetings and courtroom exposure, to revising agreements and composing memos. Each experience is designed to enhance reasoning, research, oral presentation and writing skills. Pro bono projects are provided and encouraged – because of this, many summer associates have the opportunity to work directly with clients under the supervision of a licensed lawyer.

Natalie Abshez  Natalie Abshez (University of Virginia) Minneapolis Office
"In addition to challenging assignments, I had the opportunity to attend several shareholder meetings, observe a mediation, meet with and present my work to a major client, and sit in on countless phone calls and meetings with partners and associates. To top it all off, the pro bono program for summer associates at Faegre Baker Daniels is incredible. I loved attending different pro bono clinics with attorneys from the firm and witnessing firsthand how pro bono work is an essential part of the firm’s mission."

Training & Mentoring

We prepare our summer associates for life as an associate by providing a foundation for client and business development. Through formal education, training programs and a committed, hands-on support team, summer associates learn about the practice of law, the depth of the firm and the communities in which we work and live. 

Kevin Major  Kevin Major (Loyola University) Chicago Office
"My mentor and advisor were instrumental in my development during the course of the summer program. They not only provided me with advice on assignments, but they also took time to make sure I was working on projects that aligned with my interests."

Evaluations & Feedback

Receiving feedback is an integral component of the growth process. To facilitate this, each completed project receives a formal, written evaluation from supervising attorneys, and students receive mid-summer and exit reviews to measure progress. Additionally, we encourage informal face-to-face feedback to identify strengths and areas for growth.

Kirstyn Jacobs Kirstyn Jacobs (University of Denver), Denver Office
"Faegre Baker Daniels has an excellent system for providing feedback that helped me grow substantially during my summer. The firm offers a writing program where we craft a memorandum, and we are assigned a writing mentor who provides detailed feedback on our writing through this program. This was such a great way to receive feedback and improve our writing skills. Every attorney who assigns a project also fills out evaluation forms, and everyone that I worked with was more than willing to meet with me after the completion of projects and provide detailed, constructive feedback. Some associates and partners even went as far as to provide red-lined copies of my work and spent substantial time explaining their feedback and providing suggestions for improvement. I believe that the amount of time attorneys spent investing in my growth through providing feedback is rare to find at such a large law firm."

Campus Interview Schedule

Law School/Job Fair Interview Date
CCBA (Cook County Minority Job Fair) Friday, August 11, 2017
Drake University Law School Monday, August 14, 2017
Georgetown University Law Center Thursday, August 10, 2017
Harvard Law School Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Indiana University Maurer/Bloomington School of Law Monday, August 07, 2017
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Lavender Law Career Fair August 2-4, 2017
Loyola Patent Law Fair August 3-4, 2017
Mitchell Hamline University School of Law Wednesday, August 16, 2017
MMRC (Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference) Friday, August 4, 2017
Northwestern University School of Law Monday, August 07, 2017
RMDLCF (Rocky Mtn. Diversity Legal Career Fair) Friday, July 21, 2017
Stanford Law School Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The University of Chicago School of Law Tuesday, August 08, 2017
University of California, Berkeley School of Law Tuesday, August 1, 2017
University of Colorado Law School Tuesday, August 22, 2017
University of Denver Sturm College of Law Wednesday, August 2, 2017
University of Illinois College of Law Wednesday, August 9, 2017
University of Iowa College of Law Wednesday, August 16, 2017
University of Michigan School of Law Friday, August 11, 2017
University of Minnesota Law School Tuesday, August 15, 2017
University of Notre Dame Law School Thursday, August 10, 2017
University of St. Thomas School of Law Wednesday, August 16, 2017
University of Wisconsin School of Law Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Resume Collects
Duke University School of Law
Howard University School of Law
University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
Washington University School of Law

NALP Statistics

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