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Summer Associate Program

Our program introduces law students to our Firm, allows them to experience the practical aspects of private practice and helps them focus on one or more areas of interest. We give our summer associates responsibilities that resemble those of new associates. Each is assigned a supervising attorney and an associate mentor to help regulate the flow of assignments, facilitate exposure to different practice areas, provide guidance and feedback and generally act as a sounding board. Rather than confine our students to a formal rotation program, we expose our summer associates to all of our practice areas throughout the summer. While research and writing are important parts of the summer program, we provide our summer associates with numerous opportunities to attend client meetings, trials, depositions and motions.

Feedback and communication are an integral part of our summer program. We strongly encourage our attorneys to provide guidance and suggestions to summer associates on a project-by-project basis. Each summer associate also has a formal midsummer review and a final exit interview with the Hiring Committee at the end of the program.

The social aspects of our program are eagerly anticipated by summer associates and Firm attorneys alike, and are considered integral to the hiring process. These gatherings, which have recently included a dinner cruise on Skaneateles Lake, a wine tour in the Finger Lakes, a charter fishing trip on Lake Ontario, and impromptu get-togethers, provide unique opportunities for summer associates to interact with and get to know our attorneys in fun and informal settings.