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At Perkins Coie, summer associates work closely with partners and associates on real legal work for our clients. Our Chicago office provides summer associates with the resources and experience of a large firm in a small office environment. In addition to hands-on legal experience, a variety of social activities acquainting summer associates with partners, associates and staff as well as with the Chicagoland area.
For more detailed information on our program, please see below and visit our FAQs.
The work assignments, training sessions and opportunities to attend business activities are similar to those given to associates. Our summer associates are welcome and encouraged to seek assignments in all our practice areas. Assignments include (but are not limited to) projects related to the following practice areas:
Attorney "trackers" coordinate work assignments and monitor the type, quality and amount each summer associate receives. Summer associates are welcome to choose projects that interest them from the Chicago Office Summer Associate Database. Summer associates are also encouraged to seek out assignments directly from senior associates and partners.
- Bankruptcy & Workouts
- Corporate Finance
- Government Relations
- Hotels & Leisure
- Intellectual Property
- Investigations & White Collar Defense
- Labor & Employment
- Private Equity
- Public Finance
- Real Estate & Land Use
Supervising attorneys provide informal feedback to summer associates after each assignment, and they submit written, formal evaluations to the office hiring committee. The formal evaluations become part of each summer associate's mid-summer and final evaluations.
Summer associates have the opportunity for both informal and formal training. Formal training includes monthly CLE programs on specific practice area topics. Summer associates can also accompany attorneys to networking events, court hearings, real estate and corporate transaction closings and client meetings. Finally, summer associates are assigned mentors who ensure their integration to the firm, answer their many questions and generally guide their progress and development throughout the summer.
Pro Bono Involvement
Summer associates can work on pro bono matters. At the beginning of every summer, a local legal aid organization presents an in-office training program and then pairs interested summer associates with firm attorneys to work on available pro bono cases.
Summer associates are invited to attorney affinity group meetings, including our attorneys of color, women, GLBT and parents groups, as well as to diversity events and dinners sponsored by the firm. For a list of past events sponsored by the firm, please visit our Diversity Sponsorships page.
Our local Green Committee collaborates with the firmwide committee to develop and implement sustainability practices for the office and for individuals. In addition to paper, plastic, metal and glass recycling, we also offer battery, cell phone and used office supply recycling. The office offers incentives to those who choose to ride public transportation and encourages employees to participate in community events like "Bike to Work Week."
Accolades and Awards
The Chicago office has been named one of the "20 Best Places to Work" in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business in 2008 and 2009. For the past ten years, the firm has been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For." It was also listed as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" in 2008 and 2009 by Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, as well as one of the "2008 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms" by Yale Law Women.
For additional information, please review our NALP form or visit the NALP Directory of Legal Employers to view our online NALP form and Workplace Questionnaire.