We do not put our summer associates through a formal rotation of our practice groups, nor do we assign our summer associates to a particular area. Instead, we believe that having an opportunity to work in a number of different practice areas that are of interest to them help them determine their ultimate career path.
The goal of our assignment process is to ensure that our summer associates have substantive and engaging work, representative of the work they might do as a full-time associate, but at a level appropriate for where they are in their career. Our assignment coordinators, in conjunction with our Legal Recruiting Department, will ensure that they receive the right amount of work and a variety of work in their areas of interest.
Our assignment system allows summer associates flexibility to explore a number of different practices, some of which they might not have considered previously. In New York, we use a centralized assignment system which allows us to tailor the distribution of work assignments to the interests expressed by an individual summer associate. While we primarily focus on those particular areas, we encourage summer associates to explore other practice areas in order to ensure a comprehensive summer experience.
Working closely with both partners and associates, our summer associates undertake a variety of complex assignments that may include drafting contracts and public and private offering documents, participating in negotiation sessions and due diligence, and drafting pleadings and briefs. In addition, our summer associates routinely partake in observational opportunities and often accompany our attorneys to court, depositions, client meetings and closings.