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Our programs

Our summer programs are specially designed to aid summer associates and interns in shaping the future direction of their careers in the practice of law. Find out more about the summer programs we offer across the Americas.

Summer programs

Joining our summer program is a fantastic way to find out more about our culture and how you could begin your career here.

Charlotte

How it works

Our summer program exposes law students to the day-to-day activities of practicing lawyers. We don’t use a rotation system or assign students to particular lawyers. Instead, you’ll receive assignments based on your preferences – either selecting projects from an assignment coordinator attorney or by approaching a partner or associate with whom you’d like to work. Summer projects involve actual client matters, which provide invaluable hands-on experience. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe or participate in closings, document drafting, client conferences and negotiation sessions. This multi-faceted approach leaves room for summer associates to explore different practice areas, as well as to work with a variety of lawyers.

During your summer program, you’ll be paired with two attorney advisors (typically a junior associate and a senior associate or partner). They’ll provide one-on-one guidance and help you navigate the ins and outs of law firm life. They’ll also make sure you get the chance to work with a variety of lawyers on transactional projects, giving you a realistic perspective of real firm work. In fact, many of the deals in which summer associates are staffed on are client-billed matters.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Our lawyers host practice area breakfasts, luncheons, seminars and social events, so you’ll have a chance to discuss deals and transactions with the people directly responsible. Lawyers from our three practice areas (banking and finance, tax transactions, and real estate) also invite summer associates to regular group meetings, training sessions and client calls, so you’ll be able to gain valuable exposure and build your network at the same time.

In addition to your day-to-day work, you’ll regularly meet up with your fellow summer associates to learn about firm committees and firm economics. In past programs, summer associates participated in a transactional closing, client conference calls and strategic team planning sessions.

The firm’s pro bono program, led by our Director of Pro Bono Activities, will give you an additional chance to get hands-on training in a variety of transactional matters.

Perks

The Charlotte office has relaxed dress on Fridays, complimentary coffee and sodas, free on-site parking, and assistance with your housing search.

Chicago

How it works

Our summer program exposes law students to the day-to-day activities of practicing lawyers. We don’t use a rotation system or assign students to particular lawyers. Instead, you’ll receive assignments based on your preferences – either selecting projects from our online database or by approaching a partner or associate with whom you’d like to work as part of our free-market system. Summer projects involve actual client matters, which provide invaluable hands-on experience. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe or participate in closings, document drafting, client conferences and negotiation sessions. This multi-faceted approach leaves room for summer associates to explore different practice areas, as well as to work with a variety of lawyers.

Through our summer associate advisor program, each summer associate is paired with both partners and associate advisors. Advisors provide one-on-one guidance for summer associates and help them navigate the ins and outs of law firm life. They also help ensure that summer associates work with a variety of lawyers on projects geared toward providing them with a realistic perspective of the work performed by entering associates.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Each practice area gives a presentation about its group, and our lawyers host practice area breakfasts, luncheons, seminars and social events, so you’ll have a chance to discuss deals and transactions with the people directly responsible. Attorneys also invite summer associates to regular group meetings, training sessions and client calls, so you’ll be able to gain valuable exposure and build your network at the same time.

In addition to your day-to-day work, summer associates meet as a group weekly to learn about firm committees, firm economics and other topics. Summer associates also participate in a day-long negotiation skills workshop and a half-day legal writing workshop.

Finally, the firm’s pro bono program, led by our Director of Pro Bono Activities, offers hands-on training in a variety of litigation and transactional matters.

Perks

The Chicago office has a number of perks, including our on-site cafeteria, which offers healthy options for meals, and the adjacent patisserie, which offers coffee, tea, snacks and on-the-go lunch options throughout the day. We also have a fitness center in the building that frequently offers special membership promotions to building tenants.

Houston

How it works

Having solid work assignments is an important part of a great summer program. That’s why assignments are chosen with the aim of giving our summer associates a realistic view of the type and quality of the work our entry-level associates undertake. Our supportive mentors also help ensure that you’ll work with a variety of lawyers and get a true perspective of the type of work you would perform as a new associate.

As a summer associate, you’ll be assigned work based on your interests. Work is assigned through a work assignment partner, and you’ll be encouraged to seek work informally by meeting with partners and associates of your choice. This will enable you to explore different practices and to interact with a variety of lawyers, which should help you discover which areas you have a particular interest in.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Summer associates typically work as generalists during the summer, so you’ll be able to request work in any of the practice areas. You’ll work closely with lawyers on client matters and be encouraged to request feedback, although more formal discussions about your progress will be conducted twice during the program. Your team will make sure you’re invited to practice area meetings and you’ll participate in a number of valuable training sessions.

You’ll also participate in a weekly lunch and learn program designed to provide formal training, as well as key information about the administration and finances of Mayer Brown. Hosted by experienced lawyers, the program consists of presentations on our different practice areas, an introduction to basic legal issues and pro bono opportunities.

In addition to an assigned mentor, you’ll benefit from a number of different support systems. All the partners and associates on the Recruiting Committee maintain an “open door” policy for regular meetings with any summer associate. This help and advice is geared toward helping you make the most of your experience and work your way towards receiving an offer.

Los Angeles

How it works

Having solid work assignments is an important part of a great summer program. That’s why assignments are chosen with the aim of giving our summer associates a realistic view of the type and quality of the work our entry-level associates undertake. Our supportive mentors also help ensure that you work with a variety of lawyers and get a true perspective of the type of work you would perform as a new associate.

As a summer associate, you’ll be assigned work based on your interests. Work is assigned through a work assignment coordinator, and you’ll be encouraged to seek work informally by meeting with partners and associates of your choice. This will enable you to explore different practices and to interact with a variety of lawyers, which should help you discover the areas in which you have a particular interest.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Summer associates typically work as generalists during the summer, so you’ll be able to request work in any of the practice areas. You’ll work closely with lawyers on client matters and be encouraged to request feedback, although more formal discussions about your progress will be conducted twice during the program. Your team will make sure you’re invited to practice area meetings, and you’ll participate in a number of valuable training sessions.

On top of your assignment, you’ll participate in a weekly brown bag lunch program designed to provide formal training, as well as key information about the administration and finances of Mayer Brown. Hosted by experienced lawyers, the program consists of presentations on our different practice areas, an introduction to basic legal issues and pro bono opportunities.

New York

How it works

Our summer program exposes law students to the day-to-day activities of practicing lawyers. We don’t use a rotation system or assign students to particular lawyers. Instead, you’ll receive assignments based on your preferences – either selecting projects from an assignment coordinator attorney or by approaching a partner or associate with whom you’d like to work. Summer projects involve actual client matters, which provide hands-on experience. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe or participate in closings, document drafting, client conferences and negotiation sessions. This multi-faceted approach leaves room for summer associates to explore different practice areas, as well as to work with a variety of lawyers.

During your summer program, you’ll be paired with two attorney advisors (typically a junior associate and a senior associate or partner). They’ll provide one-on-one guidance and help you navigate the ins and outs of law firm life. They’ll also make sure you get the chance to work with a variety of lawyers on transactional projects, giving you a realistic perspective of real firm work.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Our lawyers host practice area breakfasts, luncheons, seminars and social events – so you’ll have a chance to discuss deals and transactions with the people directly responsible. Plus you’ll be invited to regular group meetings, training sessions and client calls, gaining valuable exposure and building your network at the same time.

Day to day, you’ll work closely with lawyers on a range of client matters and be encouraged to request feedback, although more formal discussions about your progress will be conducted twice during the program. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, all the attorneys on the summer program Committee maintain an “open door” policy for summer associates.

Each summer, we also hold training programs specifically for our summer associates, which include persuasive communications, negotiations and trial advocacy. These training opportunities are strengthened by the summer pro bono options available to all summer associates.

Palo Alto

How it works

As a summer associate, you’ll be assigned work based on your interests. Work is assigned through a work assignment coordinator, and you’ll be encouraged to seek work informally by meeting with partners and associates of your choice. This will enable you to explore different practices and to interact with a variety of lawyers, which should help you discover the areas in which you have a particular interest.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Programs include weekly luncheons with guest speakers designed to introduce you to the office’s practice areas and way of working.

Washington DC

How it works

As a summer associate, you’ll be assigned work based on your interests. Work is assigned through a work assignment coordinator, and you’ll be encouraged to seek work informally by meeting with partners and associates of your choice. This will enable you to explore different practices and to interact with a variety of lawyers, which should help you discover the areas in which you have a particular interest.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our summer program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs.

Day to day, you’ll work closely with lawyers on a range of client matters and be encouraged to request feedback, although more formal discussions about your progress will be conducted twice during the program. On top of this, you’ll be assigned two partner mentors and one associate mentor, so you’ll have plenty of support.

Each summer, we also hold training programs specifically for our summer associates. This includes programs designed to develop your skills in persuasive communications, negotiations and trial advocacy. These training opportunities are strengthened by the summer pro bono options available to all summer associates.

Brazil*

How it works

As an intern, you’ll be exposed to the day-to-day activities of practicing lawyers. The work you do during your program will give you a unique insight into our firm. Your assignments will involve actual client matters and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in document drafting and translating, among other important activities. Having the chance to participate in solid work assignments will give you a realistic perspective of the work performed by entering associates – preparing you for the next steps in your career.

During your internship you’ll work with a variety of lawyers who will support, advise and mentor you throughout your time here. Our supportive mentors will provide you with one-to-one guidance and help you navigate the ins and outs of life at a law firm.

Your development

We do everything we can to make our intern program as useful (and customizable) as possible. This means offering a flexible assignment process, informal and formal performance feedback, a network of accessible advisors from every practice area, and formal training programs, including lectures from our partners and structured presentations from our interns.

Our lawyers host practice area breakfasts, luncheons, seminars and social events – so you’ll have a chance to discuss deals and transactions with the people directly responsible. Plus you’ll be invited to regular group meetings, training sessions and client calls, gaining valuable exposure and building your network at the same time.

Perks

Our offices in Brazil offer a number of perks, including meal tickets, competitive salary bonuses and transportation.

*In Brazil, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP offers clients access to a full-service Bazilian domestic law practice. Tauil & Chequer has offices in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Vitória.