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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 51 total (41 2Ls; 10 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 37 out of 39

Summer Associate Salary:

Summer Associate: $200,000–215,000

Summer Program Length:

Typically 10 weeks (office dependent)

Summer Program Contact

Kristen Bartlett
Firmwide Recruiting Coordinator

Our Survey Says

  • “Summer associate program provided summers with substantive assignments, starting from the very first day. Summers had a work coordinator that made sure each summer had an appropriate amount of work.”
  • “We had a good number of training sessions sprinkled throughout the summer (after a heavier schedule of training the first week or so), and the work was good, substantive work. I feel like I got to work on a variety of matters that had actual value for clients.”
  • “People seemed really excited to meet me and work with me. Many lawyers took the time to give me extensive feedback.”
  • “Work opportunities are well rounded, and the partners make sure you get a variety both in practice areas and types of assignments.”
  • “Several different events, which are well attended and diverse. The hiring partner and committee take a lot of care and time in planning events, and there's always a good turnout.”
  • “Events were fun, and ranged from a low-stress movie night to a very nice dinner.”
  • “BakerHostetler's summer associate program encouraged collaboration and vibrant discussion. Among many other exciting events, we had the privilege of attending a cooking lesson, and a professional soccer match. And the kindness displayed by all the partners and associates who attended was quite warm.”
  • “We usually had about one bigger social event per week, but I went to lunch with attorneys almost every day. People were more than happy to spend time with the summer associates, and offer helpful tips and advice.”
  • “My experience joining the firm full time has exceeded the expectations I had as a summer associate. I was able to join my desired practice area, and I have been able to work more closely with partners than I anticipated as a junior associate. Unsurprisingly, the assignments have often been more challenging than my summer work. However, the assigning attorneys welcome follow-up questions, and they have reasonable expectations of a first-year's work product.”
  • “Overall, expectations have been met. I work hard, but I think the firm does place a value on making sure people here have a life outside of the office, which I appreciate.”
  • “Everything is just as wonderful as it was as a summer associate.”
  • “Been pleasantly surprised by the level people understand and appreciate work-life balance, and the patience regarding the fact that I am a junior associate and still learning.”
  • “My favorite summer events were a jazz night at our city's principal art museum, and an evening social at the botanical garden. These events were attended by many partners and associates, and the venues allowed the summer associates to get to know the attorneys while exploring and enjoying delightful places.”
  • “We went to a murder mystery dinner (the quality of which was maybe questionable), but it was a very fun thing to experience with the other summers and some attorneys from the firm.”
  • “My favorite summer event was a dinner hosted by a partner at her home. Besides the absolutely delicious food that was served, the conversation was just as splendid.”
  • “We did a brewery tour with [a] guide around [the] local breweries in town.”

The Firm Says

BakerHostetler’s summer associate program is designed to expose law students to many facets of the firm’s practice. Our summer program provides a strong balance of realistic work with the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie that comes from being part of BakerHostetler. We hold social events throughout the summer, enabling you and our attorneys to get to know one another in a more relaxed atmosphere. In addition to local office events, we offer an extensive firmwide curriculum throughout the summer to introduce summer associates to firm management, practice group leaders and capabilities, inclusion and diversity initiatives, pro bono opportunities, and firm economics as well as training in legal writing, negotiation, and other critical skills. Each summer associate is partnered with a senior associate, often former summer associates themselves, who facilitate introductions to other attorneys in the office and offer advice and direction about our firm, office culture, and clients. Summer associates receive ongoing feedback as you work on assignments and the attorneys will also formally evaluate your performance as assignments are completed. We look forward to you beginning your legal journey with us!