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At Jenner & Block, we strive to create and maintain an environment that fosters the development of superior lawyers. This is reflected in our Summer Program, which includes a series of specially-designed training opportunities focused on developing a broad range of skills. You are encouraged to participate in as many programs as you like, regardless of your practice area. Training offerings vary across our offices, but many are available to other offices via videoconference.
Below are examples of programs offered in our different offices:
Summer associate training programs have included legal writing courses taught by firm lawyers and outside consultants, a negotiations workshop, a client pitch workshop and a series of programs focusing on corporate law including, sessions on best practices for due diligence, M&A 101 program (explaining the mergers and acquisitions process) and an introduction to IPOs.
Summer associates in Los Angeles participate in pro bono and diversity legal matters, including adoptions, LGBT and human trafficking/asylum cases. Our summers frequently co-author articles published in legal trades, work on 9th Circuit matters, and attend seminars on legal skills, including writing a clear and effective brief. Our summers also receive training on business development, social networking and legal technology applications.
The New York office holds practice group breakfasts led by firm partners to educate summer associates about the work our varied practice groups perform.
Summer associates are given the opportunity to attend lectures on various topics, including the firm’s practice areas, the Supreme Court term review, local bar-sponsored topics and Voting Rights.
Every summer, the entire group of summer associates is invited to Chicago to attend the firm’s annual Diversity Dinner. While in Chicago, you also participate in a hands-on workshop -- either a deposition training program (taught by a combination of NITA and Jenner & Block faculty), a negotiations program taught by Professor Lynn Cohn from Northwestern University School of Law or a client pitch workshop taught by firm attorneys and clients' in-house counsel.