SUMMER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM 2022
Our summer associates work with our attorneys on matters of immediate importance to the firm’s clients. We have no rigid work assignment or rotation system. Summer associates have the opportunity to choose their own assignments from a wide range of practice areas. Some summer associates arrive at the firm knowing they want to practice exclusively in one area of our practice, while others use the summer to explore a number of areas to determine where their talents and interests lie.
Summer associates receive valuable training from working closely on a day-to-day basis with their supervising lawyers and from prompt feedback on all assignments. We have designed formal training and orientation programs to supplement this hands-on training, and we ask several of our lawyers to take primary responsibility for each summer associate — serving as mentors and “buddies” — to offer guidance and counsel in support of your professional development.
Our summer associates have opportunities to observe more experienced lawyers in action, attending real estate closings, depositions, trials and other court appearances, and conferences with clients and opposing counsel. And, of course, there is also ample opportunity to become acquainted with our lawyers on a more personal level at casual lunches and informal social events.
We hope you’ll consider joining us for Summer 2022.
BUILT FOR YOUR SUCCESS
As is the case with most of what the Law Offices of Nicole M. Bluefort does, we have built a summer associate program to be an experience which is different from what our competitors may offer. Candidates choose us because of our differences. That choice includes intensive training from day one and an opportunity to receive substantive, individualized opportunities to do impactful work and build lasting relationships in the Bluefort Law community.
Each year, we recruit a group of exceptionally talented law students who are as interesting and diverse as they are accomplished, with the goal that each one will earn a full-time offer at the end of the summer and join us full-time following graduation.
MEANINGFUL MENTOR RELATIONSHIPS
Our commitment to advancing your career begins the moment you accept an offer to join the Law Offices of Nicole M. Bluefort. You are assigned a partner as a mentor before the program even starts with the hope that she or he will become someone with whom you work closely with throughout the summer. Additionally, you will have two other mentors to guide and assist you – a mid-level associate advisor and a junior associate mentor. Our multiple-mentor approach is distinctive, and allows for meaningful interaction with lawyers at different stages of their careers. You will work closely with all three of your mentors, gaining experience and creating relationships which will continue throughout your career.
Summer associates are typically given an opportunity to contribute to Firm clients throughout our summer program. We encourage summer associates to work in as many of our areas of focus as interests them. Taking on assignments similar to those given to first or second-year associates and working with multiple different practices means that you get a full picture of what day-to-day life at a law firm is like.
Our summer associates work on case and deal teams, assisting on substantive projects for clients. Typical assignments include legal and factual research, memo writing, researching and contributing to briefs, drafting pleadings, drafting estate planning documents and participating in investigations, discovery and diligence projects. You will also be given the opportunity to assist with the community and pro bono work that is a part of our core mission.
Every week, summer associates meet with their advisors to discuss their workload. Our goal is to ensure that you receive a wide range of projects to familiarize yourself with the Firm’s practices, as well as explore your own interests.
At Law Offices of Nicole M. Bluefort, we’re devoted to providing the highest quality advice and service to our clients, and we recruit with this standard in mind. In addition to intelligence, interpersonal skills and drive, we look for the following traits in our candidates:
- Strong critical and analytical thinking
- A commitment to client service
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- A dedication to camaraderie and teamwork
- A desire to become a great lawyer