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Each year, our goal is to recruit a diverse and talented summer associate class across our Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC offices. Our program is designed to give you a sense of what it is like to work at Jenner & Block -- our people, work, values and culture. As a summer associate, you will have the opportunity to work on client matters, attend training programs and social and community events and determine, by the end of the summer, if Jenner & Block is the right fit following your graduation.
In 2015, we hosted 34 summer associates in our Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC offices.
Summer associates are chosen based on academic credentials, relevant experience and the results of face-to-face interviews. The process typically begins with an on-campus interview followed by interviews at the firm. Outstanding second-year law students may also submit their applications directly to the Legal Recruiting Department through our online system starting August 1.
About The Program
Our program is designed to help you experience the firm's commitment to our clients, pro bono, training and development within an inclusive and diverse environment. As a summer associate, you will have the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects, participate in training programs and attend social activities. Our program is designed to help you experience the firm’s commitment to our clients, pro bono, training and development and an inclusive and diverse environment.
Summer associates are assigned mentors during the summer program. Your mentor helps ensure that you have a successful experience by helping you select assignments, manage your workload and meet people. Your mentor is there to answer any questions that you may have during your time at the firm.
Summer associates in our Chicago office gain exposure to the firm’s various practice areas and departments through participation in a “rotation system.” This system enables them to experience life as a junior associate on litigation matters or in one of our transactional practices, including but not limited to Corporate, Real Estate, Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Tax and Environmental. Our summer associates get to know each other, our lawyers and the Windy City through social gatherings and community events. Highlights from previous summers include an annual volunteer night at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, dinners hosted at partners’ homes, Cubs and White Sox baseball games and an architecture boat cruise down the Chicago River.
Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office brings together an extraordinary group of students from top law schools across the nation, providing them with an opportunity to work in practice areas such as complex commercial litigation, media and entertainment company representation, intellectual property dispute resolution and corporate deals. Our summer program also offers hands-on training in the soft skills that distinguish a top-notch lawyer, like how to build your professional network. Beyond work, the program is designed to give summer associates the opportunity to get to know the office, its lawyers and the Los Angeles area through a variety of social and service events including a classic trolley tour, baseball games at Dodger Stadium, a family carnival and volunteer opportunities such as helping low-income adults apply for public benefits. The LA office takes great pleasure in watching so many of our summer associates thrive as full-time lawyers here.
Jenner & Block’s New York summer program provides our summer associates with the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments and in the process, learn about daily life in our uniquely collegial office. Our Summer Committee coordinates work assignments to ensure our summer associates receive meaningful work on projects matching their interests from a diverse array of practice areas such as complex commercial litigation; content, media and entertainment; white collar defense; and corporate. Each summer associate has assigned mentors (a partner and an associate) and is encouraged to work with as many of our lawyers as possible to gain a true perspective of our practice and culture. Summer associates attend weekly lunches and training programs and also get to know our lawyers in a more relaxed setting through social events such as museum outings, baseball games (Yankees and Mets) and partner-hosted dinners. Many of our summer associates return to the New York office as full-time associates.
Summer associates in Jenner & Block’s DC office work on the full array of matters that the office handles. Appellate; communications; content, media, and entertainment; government contracts; government controversies; and privacy law are just some of the practice areas that our DC office is known for. Our summer program is also designed to encourage summer associates and lawyers to get to know each other, not only through engaging projects in the office but also through social events, including small group dinners at partners’ homes, cooking and mixology classes and baseball games at Nationals Park.
Read more about the following components of the Summer Program:
How is it to be a summer associate at Jenner & Block? Hear firsthand from summer associates In Their Words.
Several 2015 Washington DC summer associates enjoyed a tour of the US Supreme Court.
2015 LA summer associates learned how to make sushi after spending the afternoon at a rock climbing gym!
2015 Chicago summer associates spent an evening voluteering at The Greater Chicago Food Depository, one of the Chicago office's signature volunteer events.
2015 New York summer associates spent an evening perfecting their pizza tossing skills.