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Summer Associate Program Overview

Michael Best’s Summer Associate Program is a critical component of the Firm’s overall growth and diversification strategy. The Firm is proud to recruit a wide array of talented students from across the country to work within our Practice Groups. 

As a Summer Associate, you will have the opportunity to work alongside Michael Best attorneys on a wide variety of client matters. Michael Best provides our Summer Associates with a meaningful work experience in a challenging, developmental environment.

 

FAQs

What are the class sizes and law schools represented in the summer program?

Average class size is around  10-12 students. Recent summer classes have included students from: Boston College, Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Cornell Law School, Duke University, George Washington University, Georgetown University Law Center, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, New York University, Notre Dame University, University of Chicago, University of Florida-Levin, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University and Washington University.

Does Michael Best offer split summer sessions?

For 2Ls, we will consider splits on a case-by-case basis.

What kind of training will I receive?

You'll participate in orientation and training during your first week at the firm. And there will be ongoing training offered throughout the summer. You'll also attend practice-specific attorney trainings and continuing legal education presentations offered here. We also provide opportunities for you to become familiar with our clients’ facilities and products whenever we can.

What kind of supervision or guidance will I have?

Each summer associate will have a sponsor and an associate advisor as a resource to turn to. A sponsor is a partner in the same practice group and in the same office. Your sponsor’s primary responsibility is to provide help finding work assignments, to offer guidance on assignments, and to share insight into the intangibles of life at Michael Best. Your associate advisor is also part of the same practice group and helps introduce you to the firm, both socially and professionally.

When will I receive evaluations and feedback?

You'll receive formal evaluations from the attorneys with whom you work. You'll also receive informal feedback all along the way.

Can I participate in community service over the summer?

Each year our summer associates are invited to participate in a service day. Our communities have kept us going, so we make it a priority to give back.

How often will I be paid?

Michael Best's pay cycle is biweekly.

Can you help me find summer housing?

Our Attorney Hiring Manager will provide resources to help you find a place to live for the summer.

Can I take vacation during the program?

The summer program is relatively short, so we strongly encourage scheduling extended vacations for before or after the program. If there are special circumstances that might require extended time off during the program, contact the Attorney Hiring Manager in advance.

When are offers made to summer associates?

The Associate Hiring Committee meets after summer associates have returned to school. We make hiring decisions as soon as possible after the committee meets.

 

Michael Best is steadfastly committed to providing equal employment opportunity and maintaining a workplace for employees and applicants for employment that is free from discrimination based upon age, race, religion, color, disability, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources at 414.271.6560 or humanresources@michaelbest.com to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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On Campus Interview Schedule

View the 2017 schedule of recruiting events for the 2018 Summer Associate Program.

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