Washington DC Summer Program
Summer Program in Washington DC
Our Summer Program is a fantastic way to find out what a career in law looks like.
You’ll get involved with actual client matters, providing you with an invaluable real-world experience of legal work. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe or participate in closings, document drafting, client conferences and negotiation sessions. Working alongside our talented teams allows summer associates to experience our ‘one-firm’ global culture, explore different practice areas, and work with a variety of lawyers.
On the Summer Program, you’ll work on the topics that interest you. Rather than assigning you to work with a specific lawyer, we’ll assign you work based on your preferences and you’ll also be encouraged to seek work informally by meeting with partners and associates from practice areas that you want to learn more about. Exploring different practice areas is a valuable exercise and help you establish where your interests lie.
We do everything we can to make our Summer Program as useful as possible. To accomplish this, we provide you with personalized performance feedback, connect you to a network of advisors from every practice area, and give you access to formal training programs.
To help you navigate the ins and outs of Mayer Brown, each summer associate is paired with two advisors: one partner and one associate. Advisors provide one-on-one guidance and will help you navigate the ins and outs of law firm life. They will also ensure that you get the chance to work with a variety of lawyers and make sure your time here represents a realistic perspective of the work performed by new associates.
Our Summer Program is only the first step. Impress us with your performance and you could be invited back to participate in our First-Year Associate Program.
Education and experience are at the center of the Summer Program. We have a specially designed training program for our summer associates to help develop your skills in persuasive communications, negotiation and trial advocacy as well as introduce you to our pro bono work.
We understand how important feedback and support is to aspiring lawyers. Beyond the two formal feedback sessions scheduled during the program, you are encouraged to request informal feedback from the lawyers you work with. We make sure our summer associates have access to all the support they need—in our Washington DC office, you’ll be assigned two partner mentors and one associate mentor who will be able to help answer any questions you might have.