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Summer Program FAQs

How long is the Summer Program?

The Summer Associate Program typically starts the Monday before Memorial Day and lasts until the end of July. We ask that Summer Associates in the majority of our offices spend at least 10 consecutive weeks with us. If a student’s school year does not end until after the official starting date, he or she will begin the Summer Program at a later date.

What does Husch Blackwell look for in a law student?

We seek law students who are dynamic, entrepreneurial, bright, mature, innovative and willing to take on significant responsibilities. We want students with demonstrated intellectual curiosity, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work well with a team, initiative and drive. Our Summer Associates come from many different backgrounds and schools and have a wide variety of outside interests. Husch Blackwell seeks a diverse candidate pool and Summer Associate class.

Where should I send my application for a Summer Associate position?

All students interested in any of our offices should apply for a Summer Associate position through our online application process. Please submit a cover letter, resume and transcript. The submission of a writing sample is optional but may be requested.

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

We encourage you to consult with your law school’s career services department to determine whether we interview on campus. If so, your law school likely will have specific procedures and deadlines for submitting your resume through your school’s on-campus process. For 1Ls, NALP guidelines provide that we cannot accept applications until after December 1.

If I am invited to the firm for an interview, what can I expect?

When you are invited to our firm for an interview, you will be contacted by a member of the Recruiting & Professional Development Department who will let you know what to expect in the interview process, assist with any necessary travel arrangements and answer any questions you may have. Depending on the office, expect to spend at least two to four hours with various lawyers.

What is your travel policy?

If you are invited by our firm to travel for an in-office interview, please use the NALP Student Reimbursement Form at www.nalp.org/forms to submit any out-of-pocket expenses for reimbursement no later than 20 days following the interview. Please provide on the expense form the names and contact information of other law firms you visit on dates contiguous to your interview with us. We will share expenses with those firms.

The firm will reimburse you for mileage for driving to the interview. If distance necessitates air travel, please contact a member of our Recruiting & Professional Development Department to arrange your flight reservations. Hotel accommodations are billed directly to Husch Blackwell. Any other charges must be approved in advance by our Recruiting & Professional Development Department.

How do Summer Associates get to know Husch Blackwell’s lawyers?

Summer Associates have many opportunities throughout the summer to get to know our Associates, Partners and other attorneys both professionally and socially. Summer Associates attend informative breakfasts and lunches with members of the firm in various industry and practice groups. 

Additionally, Summer Associates are often invited to go to lunch with lawyers, either individually or in small groups. We also provide frequent opportunities for Summer Associates to get to know our attorneys in various informal settings outside of work. We value the camaraderie that exists between our lawyers, and we are eager for you to get to know us!

Are there opportunities to see the firm’s lawyers in action and get a realistic look at a lawyer’s typical day?

Yes. Our Summer Associates have opportunities to be in involved in client conferences, negotiations, witness interviews, depositions, court hearings and trials. Our Summer Associates receive real, hands-on experience throughout the summer.

What is the typical number of hours a Summer Associate is expected to work each week?

Our Summer Associates get a realistic view of Associate life in our office and gain real-world experience, working as many hours as are needed to complete their projects. But there is also time for fun and relaxation. Summer Associates will get the opportunity to unwind and get to know our lawyers at numerous social activities throughout the summer.

What are some of the social activities planned for Summer Associates?

We host happy hours, receptions, dinners and other events designed to allow Summer Associates to get to know each other, the lawyers in our firm and the city in which they are working. In past years, Summer Associates have participated in local festivals, dinner parties hosted at attorneys’ homes, cultural and sporting events, golf tournaments, bowling and softball tournaments, and private tours of local attractions.

What type of training are Summer Associates offered?

Summer Associates learn by doing – they work directly with Partners and Associates and receive feedback about their work product directly from those lawyers. In addition, we offer training programs organized through our Professional Development Department. Summer Associates are also encouraged to attend any training classes, lectures or presentations sponsored by the firm that may be of interest.

How are assignments distributed throughout the Summer Program?

Each office has at least one Summer Program Coordinator who distributes work to Summer Associates and monitors individual workloads throughout the summer. Summer Associates can choose projects and areas of law that match their interests. We want our Summer Associates to be exposed to as many different areas of law as possible while they are with us.

How are Summer Associates reviewed?

Summer Associates are formally reviewed twice during the summer. They also receive individual feedback from the lawyers with whom they work throughout the summer.

Will I have a chance to do pro bono work over the summer?

We encourage all of our lawyers, including our Summer Associates, to do pro bono work in the community. We are a signatory member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, a national effort that encourages volunteer work for low-income and disadvantaged individuals, families and nonprofit groups.