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.
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.
Recent Law Graduate
Recent law school graduates are a critical part of the Michael Best team. As a new attorney, you will have the opportunity to work on meaningful and substantial client matters.
Michael Best assigns a mentor to each attorney so you will have an experienced attorney by your side, helping you set goals and ensuring you have the tools necessary for success. The Firm’s continued diversification and growth strategy, together with our long history of client successes, ensure you will gain exposure to a wide variety of clients as you launch your legal career.
STEM Student – Intern – Engineer & Scientist Summer Program (EDGE Program)
Michael Best strongly supports engineering and science students who have a desire to explore the world of intellectual property. If you have a passion for technology and a genuine interest in the law, there is no better place to learn about patents, technical research, and legal writing.
Michael Best invites engineering and science students who wish to explore the world of intellectual property to apply for a paid internship in our EDGE program. Our talented interns will have the opportunity to be placed at one of our offices across the country, and your location preferences can be prioritized via the online application. Hiring decisions will be made throughout the fall semester.
If accepted into our program, you will perform patent and technical research and writing. EDGE interns will also review patent applications, draft documents for attorney review, research and report on patent filings, and perform other duties and projects assigned by the intern’s direct report.
EDGE interns will work directly with our intellectual property professionals and be exposed to our patent engineer, scientist and agent program. Under the guidance of highly skilled professionals in the industry, you will develop your research and writing acumen and become well-versed in the latest technologies and technical developments. Michael Best will assign an experienced Intellectual Property professional to mentor you, help you set goals, and ensure you have access to all of the tools necessary to be successful and benefit from your time spent in our EDGE program. At the end of your internship, you will receive a formal performance appraisal and feedback.
Each 10 week EDGE internship offers:
- Assigned IP mentors and advisors
- Multiple office locations
- Competitive salaries
- Formal goal-setting and evaluations
- Challenging work assignments, including patent research and writing
- Networking and social activities
- Passion for technology and a genuine interest in patent law
- Highly proficient research skills and demonstrated analytical ability
- Detail-oriented with excellent time management and follow-up skills
- Possesses strong initiative and is proactive in working with others
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Valid authorization to work in the U.S.
- Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Ph.D. students, or Post-Docs
EDGE internships take place during the summer. To be considered, a candidate must have excellent academic credentials and should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and (unofficial) transcripts. Please include your cumulative GPA and expected graduation date in your resume, and an explanation as to your office location preference in your cover letter. The writing sample may be any paper in which you took a position, and/or argued a point. It’s helpful if there is technical content related to your major.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
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