Jenner & Block

Jing Xun Quek

Why did you choose Jenner & Block?

Jenner & Block was my first choice from the very beginning – a litigation powerhouse with a reputation for amazing people and a real commitment to pro bono.  I was tremendously impressed with all of the lawyers I met and was especially struck by the true passion they have for their work, whether billable or pro bono.  Jenner is special in that it actively encourages and supports these passions, rather than just tolerating them.

What was the interview process like?

I participated in a screening interview during OCI, followed by a string of four callback interviews, and lunch with two associates.  Every interview felt more like a conversation than a series of questions, and I got the sense that the attorneys actually cared about hearing my story, rather than just checking boxes.  Everyone made an effort to render an innately stressful situation as relaxing as possible.

What kind of work did you during the course of the summer?

I spent my summer with the Patent Litigation group, working on one major case.  I engaged in a variety of legal and non-legal research to shape our understanding of the case and prepared several memos summarizing my findings.  I also worked on a pro bono case where the firm represented a student-athlete and got the first-crack at drafting a reply brief.

What did you enjoy most about your summer experience?

I most enjoyed interacting with the amazing people at Jenner & Block.  Everyone I met seemed genuinely excited to be there and to do the work that they did.  The firm looks to hire good people, and it helps to like and get along with your co-workers.  That, plus Whirlyball and “Escape Rooms.”

Describe two things you learned during the summer.

The firm truly believes in promoting pro bono.  It is one thing to say that the firm values pro bono commitments – almost every firm does this.  It is quite another to chat with a partner about how she spent 700 hours on pro bono over the past year and to hear the audible passion as attorneys talk about their 1983 cases and clients.  I also accompanied an associate during a one-day jury trial, which provided valuable litigation experience

What will you tell others about your experience at Jenner & Block?

It was amazing.  Everyone has time for you and wants to help you grow as an attorney and potential colleague.  Being around so many smart, passionate people, you just hope some of it will rub off on you.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to the program next summer?

Do it.  There are good people here, doing great work they truly believe in.

Lindsey A. Lusk

Why did you choose Jenner & Block?

I chose Jenner & Block because I wanted a firm that was committed to pro bono work and would provide me with a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. Every person I met from the firm had pro bono work that they were passionate about, and many of the junior associates had already had the opportunity to work on exciting cases.

What was the interview process like?

The interview process was actually a lot of fun. I’d done a number of interviews beforehand and they were all exhausting. But at Jenner & Block, my interviewers seemed very interested in getting to know me personally. The interviews were fun and flew by. You could see how passionate everyone was about the firm and the work they were doing. I walked out of my callback and knew that Jenner & Block was where I wanted to work.

What kind of work did you during the course of the summer?

I had the opportunity to do a large amount of trial preparation work, which was perfect because I knew I wanted to work in litigation. I conducted research, drafted complaints and motions, sat in on depositions, and worked on an actual innocence petition. My favorite assignment involved representing a media company against a city that was wrongfully denying the company’s public-records request.

What did you enjoy most about your summer experience?

I really enjoyed the diverse opportunities and autonomy I had. Later in the summer, I requested the opportunity to draft a larger motion. The partners not only readily gave me the assignment, but they also gave me a lot of autonomy in drafting it. They trusted me and then provided me a lot of feedback after my initial draft Jenner & Block also made sure the summer associates had a good time outside of work—doing an “Escape the Room” with my co-workers was one of my favorite events of the summer.

Describe two things you learned during the summer.

First, I learned that you can’t be afraid to communicate with partners. Whether you have a question or you want more responsibility, it’s important to be open and honest. You also shouldn’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Everyone wants you to succeed and feedback is the best way to grow. Second, I also learned everything that goes into litigation. From filing complaints to the final motions before trial, I got to see everything up close. It really reaffirmed my desire to litigate.

What will you tell others about your experience at Jenner & Block?

My summer experience was incredible, and I cannot imagine working for any firm but Jenner & Block. The firm’s dedication to pro bono work is second to none, and the work environment is exactly what I was looking for—sharp and kind people who are passionate about their work and encourage the development of younger associates.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to the program next summer?

You won’t regret it. Jenner & Block gives its summer associates real, substantive work. You get to contribute to actual cases and transactions, and you receive feedback that helps you grow. The firm also encourages you to try as many groups as you want; they want you to find work that you enjoy. Lastly, they make sure you have a lot of fun outside of the office too!

Ariel E. Dobkin

Why did you choose Jenner & Block?

I chose Jenner & Block for a number of reasons, including the types of law practiced in the DC office, the style of the summer program, and the firm’s excellent reputation. The attorneys that I met throughout the interview process, though, were the most important factor. I genuinely enjoyed meeting each person, and felt like the firm fostered a welcoming culture.

What was the interview process like?

The interview process was thoroughly enjoyable. I did not have one interview that felt typical; each was a genuine conversation that could easily have been had in another setting. Throughout the interviews, I found myself discussing topics from current social movements to issues in internet law to D.C. “fashion.” I quickly felt like I could fit in at the firm—the attorneys were friendly, interesting, and engaged.

What kind of work did you during the course of the summer?

I worked on a wide range of projects, some of which lasted a day and others that lasted weeks. For example, I drafted a section of an appellate brief in a habeas matter for a pro bono client; this was my first assignment, and I kept returning to the case as it progressed throughout the summer. I also drafted memos on data privacy issues. These projects were shorter-term (1-3 day turnarounds), and I completed several. Some medium-length projects included researching recent First Amendment litigation and drafting a memo on civil procedure issues for a copyright case.

What did you enjoy most about your summer experience?

Jenner & Block does an incredible job of integrating the summer associates into the firm quickly. Because I worked before law school, I was looking forward to jumping right back into a work setting. The firm expects its summer associates to contribute to real cases in a meaningful way, something I really appreciated. Not only did this help me learn more, but it also allowed me to gain real insight into what it would be like to be an associate attorney at Jenner & Block.

Describe two things you learned during the summer.

First, I learned how to write a memo intended for a lawyer at the firm versus one intended for a client. The styles of persuasive writing in each can be different, and it is an incredibly useful skill to learn early in practice. One partner in particular was quite helpful in editing my memos and explaining why certain things needed to be changed; then, she would give me another chance to edit so that I could learn how to do it myself. Second, I had the opportunity to work on a number of litigation and regulatory matters. It was a helpful experience to see how litigation works in the “real world,” and as someone who is interested in privacy work, it was great to see how the firm works with its clients on those issues. Seeing the lawyers’ day-to-day work gave me a great insight into what lawyers do and how I might want to develop my career.

What will you tell others about your experience at Jenner & Block?

Jenner & Block is a very special firm — it is comprised of incredibly bright and passionate people who are working on a wide variety of important cases. I feel really lucky to have cultivated relationships with so many attorneys here, and it was an excellent place to begin to learn how to be a strong lawyer.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to the program next summer?

Something I haven’t mentioned yet is the firm’s size. Until last summer, I don’t think I fully appreciated how important this can be. Jenner & Block’s DC office feels like the perfect size — large enough that there is interesting work to go around and a number of people to meet, but small enough that you recognize everyone by the end of the summer.  Because Jenner & Block’s summer program is also quite small, the firm is able to hand its summer associates incredibly interesting projects that fit their individual interest profiles. If this is something that matters to you, Jenner & Block's program is ideal.

Jing Xun Quek

Why did you choose Jenner & Block?

Jenner & Block was my first choice from the very beginning – a litigation powerhouse with a reputation for amazing people and a real commitment to pro bono.  I was tremendously impressed with all of the lawyers I met and was especially struck by the true passion they have for their work, whether billable or pro bono.  Jenner is special in that it actively encourages and supports these passions, rather than just tolerating them.

What was the interview process like?

I participated in a screening interview during OCI, followed by a string of four callback interviews, and lunch with two associates.  Every interview felt more like a conversation than a series of questions, and I got the sense that the attorneys actually cared about hearing my story, rather than just checking boxes.  Everyone made an effort to render an innately stressful situation as relaxing as possible.

What kind of work did you during the course of the summer?

I spent my summer with the Patent Litigation group, working on one major case.  I engaged in a variety of legal and non-legal research to shape our understanding of the case and prepared several memos summarizing my findings.  I also worked on a pro bono case where the firm represented a student-athlete and got the first-crack at drafting a reply brief.

What did you enjoy most about your summer experience?

I most enjoyed interacting with the amazing people at Jenner & Block.  Everyone I met seemed genuinely excited to be there and to do the work that they did.  The firm looks to hire good people, and it helps to like and get along with your co-workers.  That, plus Whirlyball and “Escape Rooms.”

Describe two things you learned during the summer.

The firm truly believes in promoting pro bono.  It is one thing to say that the firm values pro bono commitments – almost every firm does this.  It is quite another to chat with a partner about how she spent 700 hours on pro bono over the past year and to hear the audible passion as attorneys talk about their 1983 cases and clients.  I also accompanied an associate during a one-day jury trial, which provided valuable litigation experience

What will you tell others about your experience at Jenner & Block?

It was amazing.  Everyone has time for you and wants to help you grow as an attorney and potential colleague.  Being around so many smart, passionate people, you just hope some of it will rub off on you.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to the program next summer?

Do it.  There are good people here, doing great work they truly believe in.

MICHAEL J. WADDEN
Office(s):
New York
Law Schools(s):
Yale Law School
Summer Associate:
2016
LINDSEY A. LUSK
Office(s):
Chicago
Law Schools(s):
University of Illinois College of Law
Summer Associate:
2016
ARIEL E. DOBKIN
Office(s):
Washington, DC
Law Schools(s):
Yale Law School
Summer Associate:
2016
JING XUN QUEK
Office(s):
Chicago
Law Schools(s):
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
Practice Area(s):
Litigation
Started with firm:
2017