Our summer associate program is an essential component of KJK’s hiring process. Each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor. The mentor and summer associate interact closely throughout the summer. Projects are assigned based on a summer associate’s expressed areas of interest and to provide exposure to a wide variety of work. In addition, assignments are coordinated by a partner who insures that each summer associate receives a mix of projects from attorneys in each of the firm’s practice groups. The summer associate works directly with the assigning senior associate or partner and receives substantive feedback from the assigning attorney. We don’t create projects for our summer associates: assignments reflect the type of work that a new attorney would perform as a first or second-year associate at our firm.
Our summer associates are encouraged to attend monthly practice group meetings and are often invited to bar association events, client meetings, negotiation and drafting sessions, depositions, trials, pre-trials and other events. Our summer program is a unique opportunity for the right student, not only to learn from the inside out about our varied and challenging legal practice, but to forge what we hope will be a rewarding and long-lived relationship.