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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2022): 6 total (5 2Ls; 1 1L)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 5 out of 5

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Maureen Cooper
Recruiting Director
(916) 520-5483

Our Survey Says

  • “As a summer associate, I received a variety of assignments from many partners and senior associates in the natural resources and litigation practice groups. The training and mentoring offered was excellent. The social aspects of the program were extremely fun including daily lunches, a golf, ping pong, and bowling tournament, a summer associate event of our choice, and other large group social gatherings.”
  • “I received quality assignments throughout the summer, with mentoring and formal feedback provided for all work. The summer experience was strikingly similar to my experience as an associate. I think the program did a great job helping me assess the firm for future employment as an associate.”
  • “Downey Brand's summer program prepared me well to transition into full-time associate work. I was able to work with and meet many of the partners that I now work with on a daily basis. The research assignments I received as a summer associate were indicative of the scope of subject matter I now practice. I felt comfortable returning to the firm because of strong working relationships that I developed as a summer associate through the social aspects of the program like lunches and the golf and bowling tournaments.”
  • “As a summer associate the firm gave me very substantive assignments.  I was writing portions of briefs, discovery responses, etc. I also received a wide variety of work which helped me narrow down which practice group I was most interested in. I received two mentors, an associate and partner. In the summer, the firm hosts a golf event, bowling events, a few happy hours, and a ping pong tournament.”
  • “We had many fun events, but my favorite was when the firm sponsored an ice cream cart for all of the summer associates to walk around with to introduce ourselves to everyone.”
  • “Golf tournament.”
  • “The summer farewell dinner and the cocktail event at the managing partner's house.”

The Firm Says

Our summer program is an exceptional opportunity to elevate your legal skills by performing challenging work for our clients alongside experienced attorneys who are passionate about their practices. You will have the ability to explore the practice areas that interest you while working on a range of assignments similar to those performed by first-year associates. Our summer program includes formal and informal training, with opportunities to attend client meetings, hearings, depositions, negotiations, closings, site visits, and expert consultations. Additionally, we have a robust mentorship program that pairs you with two dedicated mentors who will assist with your workload, answer questions about specific assignments, and introduce you to other attorneys at the firm. We take pride in our firm culture and host lunches and social events throughout the summer so you can get to know our attorneys and bond with your fellow summer associates.  

Note: The firm’s San Francisco office is currently staffed only with Natural Resources attorneys. A demonstrated interest in Natural Resources law is required for San Francisco summer associates.