What We OfferEngaging work and supportive mentors make Faegre Baker Daniels an ideal first – and hopefully last – place for law students to work. Beginning with our summer associate program, we provide support and training to help law students and new lawyers build the skills and behaviors to grow a sophisticated legal practice and develop rewarding client relationships.
Who We’re SeekingLaw students who have strong academic records, entrepreneurial spirits, diverse perspectives and collaborative mindsets will find opportunities to succeed and eventually develop into successful partners or long-term contributors with national reputations.
How You’ll GrowSummer associates receive a hands-on, meaningful experience. We encourage your growth with challenging work, intensive professional development programs, personalized mentoring and coaching, and respectful yet candid feedback. You’ll be able to participate in pro bono work and connect with peers and our lawyers throughout the summer.
When and Where to Join UsOur 10-week program begins in mid-May and is available in many of our U.S. offices. Programs include our Chicago, Des Moines, Denver, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Silicon Valley offices.
Jumpstarting Your PracticeNew associates participate in a firmwide orientation program to integrate into the firm and understand law firm life. In addition to covering benefits and technology, we hold interactive programs and panel discussions on topics such as the basics of lawyering and working with support professionals, so you can hit the ground running.
Building Your CareerWe provide training on topics critical to success in today’s legal environment, including:
- Practice and technical skill proficiency
- Development of behavioral competencies
- Understanding the business of operating a law firm
- Business development
- Client service
Mentoring for SuccessWe connect each associate with an advisor who focuses on career development and planning. Associates actively participate in their career planning by communicating practice goals and objectives. By collaborating closely with senior lawyers on legal work, associates experience valuable coaching.
Growing Through FeedbackAssociates receive ongoing feedback from supervising lawyers so they can continually improve. Through our formal evaluation process, new lawyers are evaluated mid-year during their first year, and all lawyers are reviewed annually. Evaluations include a self-assessment, individual and group evaluations, and an in-person evaluation meeting with the lawyer's practice group.
Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships
EligibilityTo be eligible for the Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship, applicants must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school and be interested in a summer associate position in our Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis or Minneapolis office. In addition, applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Summer ClerkshipFellowship recipients will be summer associates in one of our U.S. offices between their second and third years of law school. Upon conclusion of the summer program, Fellowship recipients are eligible to be considered for an offer of full-time employment as an associate upon graduation from law school.
Financial AwardFellowship recipients will receive a $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of their summer associate position.
MentoringFellowship recipients will be matched with a mentor, a Faegre Baker Daniels lawyer, at the time the Fellowship is awarded. The mentor will offer guidance to the student and help with his or her integration into the firm and community upon arrival in the summer.
Applying for a FellowshipInformation on applying for a Fellowship will be posted when the application process opens for 2020 positions.
What Our Summer Associates Say
Getting to Know Us
"As an Indiana native, I’m no stranger to “Hoosier Hospitality,” but across the many offices of Faegre Baker Daniels I was continually impressed by the firm’s welcoming and hospitable spirit. The summer program includes several opportunities to meet attorneys across the firm in both professional and casual settings. Numerous partners host summer associates for backyard barbeques and cocktail hours. By the end of 10 weeks I felt I had genuinely connected with partners and associates throughout all levels at the firm."
"The decision to return to Faegre Baker Daniels for a second summer was an easy one. As a summer associate, I’ve been able to work on a wide range of challenging and substantive assignments with the help of great attorneys and support staff. Whether I was meeting with clients, helping a team prepare for trial or conducting research on rapidly evolving areas of law, each day presented an opportunity to grow as a legal professional. The firm’s emphasis on pro bono work and inclusivity also made clear that Faegre Baker Daniels invests in its summer associates not just as future lawyers, but as future leaders in the community we represent."
Training & Mentoring
"I have never felt lost on an assignment because the attorneys and support staff are great about making sure summer associates have the support we need to complete challenging assignments. My advisor has gone above and beyond; he frequently checks in to make sure things are going well and has been a great resource. Assigning attorneys provide consistent guidance from when they assign a project until it is finished."
Evaluations & Feedback
"The mid-summer check-in is a great opportunity to speak about your work load and performance. For each assignment, the attorney will always tell you if the research is what they are looking for or whether they want you to look into a different or additional aspect, and the formal assignment evaluations are always available to see by request. Because everyone is so approachable, I never feel uncomfortable asking for constructive feedback."