Jenner & Block

Challenging Work

We recognize that the best way for summer associates to learn about our firm and our practices is to work with us on client matters -- both billable and pro bono.

Real World Experience
Summer associates in all our offices have the opportunity to select from a broad range of assignments and work with lawyers throughout the firm.  You select assignments using the firm’s computerized assignment system.  The system is updated daily, and the assignments provide a true flavor of the breadth of the work that is available.  Formal and informal feedback is provided on assignments by the assigning lawyers and any other lawyers with whom you work.  Read more about their experience by visiting the "In Their Words" section.

In addition to working on particular assignments, summer associates have the opportunity to participate in a variety of other professional activities designed to help you gain exposure as an associate.  Among other things, you may:

  • Help a trial team prepare and develop trial strategy
  • Assist lawyers in preparing for depositions and hearings
  • Perform legal research and draft memos, opinion letters, contracts and briefs
  • Observe negotiations
  • Interact with clients
  • Attend closings or other meetings

Summer associates in the Chicago office may also participate in “Rotations” with one of our transactional departments or on a litigation case.  A “Rotation” in a transactional department gives you the opportunity to work on a deal or other transactional project as though you were a junior associate on the team.  On a litigation case "Rotation," you become a member of the team working on a case.  Click on the tab above for more information about our rotations.

Pro Bono Assignments
Summer associates can choose from a large number of pro bono assignments that will provide additional learning opportunities and direct client contact.  In past years, summer associates have worked on research, drafting and fact investigation for criminal cases, appeals, asylum applications and transactional work for not-for-profit organizations.

Here is what 2016 summer associate Jing X. Quek said about his exposure to the firm’s pro bono program:

“I had a fantastic time at Jenner & Block, and enjoyed the perfect blend of substantive work experience, training programs and social events over the summer.  More than drafting briefs and playing WhirlyBall, however, what stood out to me was the firm-wide focus on pro bono.  It is one thing to read about the firm’s pro bono matters and the many hours committed in Vault or Chambers Associate; it is another entirely to sit opposite Jenner & Block attorneys and hear the passion in their voices as they talk about their pro bono practice.  Giving back to the community really matters to them, and it shows.”

Read more about our pro bono advocacy.