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Summer Associate Program FAQs

Husch Blackwell uses the summer program to introduce law students to firm culture, practice areas and our collaborative approach to moving clients forward.

Program time and duration:

  • Typically the Monday before Memorial Day through July – for 10 weeks – dependent on your school schedule 

Ideal candidates:

  • Dynamic, entrepreneurial, bright, mature, and innovative, willing to take on significant responsibilities
  • Demonstrated initiative and drive, intellectual curiosity, with both strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Diverse backgrounds, interests and experience for a diverse candidate pool and Summer Associate class 

Applying:

  • Use our online application process
  • Submit cover letter, resume and transcript, if applicable 
  • Writing sample is optional but may be requested
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled

Interview process and travel:

  • Candidates are contacted soon after on-campus interviews to schedule a callback
  • Expect to spend two to four hours in successive 30-minute interviews
  • If you drive, the firm will reimburse mileage
  • If distance requires you to fly, contact our Recruiting Department for reservations
  • Use the NALP Student Reimbursement Form to submit any out-of-pocket expenses

Assignments, training and evaluation:

  • In addition to an assignment mix, choose projects and practice areas of interest
  • Hands-on experience working with partners and associates in client conferences, negotiations, witness interviews, depositions, court hearings and trials
  • Additional classes, lectures, presentations and training by our Professional Development Department
  • Throughout our firm, we encourage pro bono work in the community and host a summer associate pro bono competition
  • Regular individual feedback on assignments and two formal reviews 

Social and networking activities:

A range of options may include:

  • Dinners, receptions, happy hours to meet our attorneys and other summer associates
  • Local festivals
  • Dinner parties hosted at attorneys’ homes
  • Cultural events
  • Golf tournaments, bowling, softball tournaments and other sporting events
  • Private tours of local attractions

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