Law firms are showing signs of a return to normalcy, with many able to welcome their summer associates in person after two years of virtual programming. Survey participants lauded firms on the value — and fun — of the summer training, but the picture was not all rosy, as hiring assurances dipped below half for the first time in three years.
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By Andrew Strickler | September 7, 2022
BigLaw summer programs got more high marks from lawyers-in-training this year, with many praising firms for copious in-person learning opportunities in the wake of the pandemic and the chance to dedicate their time to innovation projects.
By Xiumei Dong | September 7, 2022
Despite the widespread adoption of remote training, law students still long for hands-on, real-world practical work experience, as the survey found more summer associates were able to accompany firm attorneys in courtroom proceedings this year.
Graphic by Ben Jay | September 7, 2022
Which firms offer the best programs to their summer associates? How do they compare in four key areas, which we asked summers to rate based on their satisfaction? Explore firms' ability to deliver on the summer associate work experience with our interactive graphic.
By Emma Cueto | September 8, 2022
Law firm summer associate programs are beginning to return to pre-COVID norms with many more being conducted in person, although firms say some of the adjustments they made to their programs as a result of the pandemic could prove to be long-term changes.
By Steven Lerner | September 8, 2022
Law firms are integrating technology training and innovation projects into their summer associate programs, with more than half of surveyed law students saying they'd been given the opportunity to work in that area.
Edited by Nataleeya Boss and Lana Guggenheim | September 8, 2022
Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.
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