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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 25 total (20 2Ls; 5 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 25 out of 25

Summer Associate Salary:

Summer Associate: $215,000

Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Heejin Choi, J.D.,
Manager of Law Student Recruiting and Campus Outreach
(617) 832-3093

Our Survey Says

  • “The work assignments were substantive and I got a lot of interaction with associates at all levels and partners. At the same time, they still allowed us to have plenty of time to do social things.”
  • “Most of my assignments dealt with substantive legal issues, and my input was valued and appreciated. We did have one mock IP assignment that I think the firm may have dropped in future summers after negative feedback. Overall, however, I felt like I got a good sense of what working as a first year would be like.”
  • “After their initial assignment, summers take on projects by picking them out of a list of available projects. This makes it easy to take on assignments in practice areas that are interesting or to work with partners that you specifically want to work with.”
  • “The social aspect of the summer program was great. I got lunch and met one on one with associates at all levels and partners. They gave us buddy groups of first- and second-year associates to ask any questions and get lunch with, etc. They also encouraged us to reach out to partners to meet and get to know them (and they all said yes and loved it). They also had department and firm social events, which were well attended.”
  • “From my experience on the inside as a summer associate and on the outside as a first- and second-year ‘buddy’ for the summer associates, strong bonds regularly form amongst the summer associate class that carry on once you return to the firm as an associate. Your summer is your best opportunity to become friends with associates who will eventually work in different departments.”
  • “Good number of social events and camaraderie among summers, but without pressure to attend every event or stay for the entirety.”
  • “I think the summer associate program was a very realistic introduction to life at Foley. It's, of course, hard to demonstrate to people in a summer program, what the actual pace of work will be like when you're at the firm full time, but the culture for summers is extremely similar (and really friendly!) to what it is for first years.”
  • “The firm … has, in effect, increased our hours to 2,000 from 1,850 if we want to qualify for a market bonus. … People that express interest in a practice group are often not given the opportunity to work in said group or are not given work in other areas because the firm believes they are not enthusiastic enough. ...”
  • “I would say the firm is very transparent with what life will be like as an associate and how that differs from being a summer associate. They also encourage you to find what practice area you are interested in as a junior associate, though it is very rare to get siloed into an area that you do not like (and I have not heard of it).”
  • “Aside from the many lunches, I also really enjoyed the chance to use the firm's Red Sox tickets as well as a cooking class.”
  • “My favorite summer event was an unstructured happy hour where we could chat with various associates and partners to get to know them as people.”
  • “I liked the department parties because many people showed up and genuinely wanted to get to know us in a casual environment.”

The Firm Says

Our summer program is designed to allow associates to work 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 departments and practice groups. 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 lawyers take primary responsibility for each summer associate—serving as mentors and “buddies”—to offer guidance and counsel. Our summer associates have opportunities to observe experienced lawyers in action, attending depositions, trials, and other court appearances, as well as conferences with clients and opposing counsel. There is also ample opportunity to become acquainted with our lawyers on a more personal level at lunches and informal social events.