AKC Law uses the Summer Associate Program as its primary recruiting tool for new associates. The firm hires summer associates based on an interview process as well as academic and professional credentials.
The firm structures the Summer Associate Program to provide exposure to a variety of the firm’s practice areas. Summer associates work directly with partners and associates on a wide variety of projects. Summer associates are given opportunities to attend trials, depositions, negotiations, client conferences, and closings. The firm’s mentoring committee helps ensure that each summer associate is getting a valuable experience that is rewarding and enjoyable. Throughout the summer, summer associates receive oral evaluations of their work product from the assigning attorneys. Summer associates also receive a mid-summer written evaluation, which provides the summer associate with feedback on a variety of professional and personal skills, including issue analysis, research, and writing skills, oral presentation, use of time and efficiency, attitude, and responsibility.
The firm pays its summer associates an hourly rate and expects our summer associates to generally work a forty-hour week, leaving time for family, friends, and other outside interests. The firm requires our summer associates to put school first, and we offer flexible schedules for our summer associates who are invited to continue working through the school year.
The firm schedules several summer activities to encourage summer associates to get to know each other and the attorneys and staff. These activities include weekly lunches with the firm’s attorneys, firm parties, lunches, after-work happy hours, and golf outings.