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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 98 total (80 2Ls;18 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 76 out of 77

Summer Associate Salary:


Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

Kasey Grinman
Senior Manager, Legal Recruiting

Our Survey Says

  • “I started drafting various documents on day one. I was given many research assignments, and asked to provide my opinion on how to argue certain points. I was brought in as if I was a new associate, and immediately added to the team.”
  • “I worked 1:1 with partners as a summer associate, working on substantive client deliverables that were truly representative of the types of work that I'd be doing as a first-year associate.”
  • “The summer program provided substantive work, and ample feedback from mentor partners and senior associates. I was able to assist in responding to office actions, and dealing with patent prosecution matters that I now do on a daily basis.”
  • “As a summer associate, I was able to choose assignments that were interesting, fulfilling, and meaningful. I received relevant training to facilitate my learning, and [aid] me in completing projects.

Social Opportunities

  • “I had a virtual summer, but the firm went above and beyond trying to make the best of a tough situation—we did a virtual escape room, trivia, charcuterie board making. It ended up still being a great summer.”
  • “Fantastic summer programming (before COVID), including escape rooms, sailing, a summer softball league, and many other fun and engaging social events.”
  • “The events were well planned, creative, and a great medium to meet my fellow associates at Foley.”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • “I have actually been pleasantly surprised by how similar it has been to my summer experience, to be honest. Although there are obviously more projects, and more work sent my way now, I feel like the projects I worked on/exposure I got as a summer associate have translated well.”
  • “I didn't realize how quickly I'd grasp the concepts of the deals, and advance in my role on such deals. The summer program really does provide a great basis to hit the ground running, and advance quickly.”
  • “The summer program was remarkably consistent with practice.”
  • “Honestly, my summer was very representative of how my experience as a first year was. Obviously, the volume of my work increased, but the types of work, ability to work with partners, and the nature of the work has been the same.”

Favorite Summer Events

  • “Sampling of Chicago restaurants.”
  • “Events at Fenway Park, Flight Club, and Spin Boston.”
  • “TopGolf with attorneys and summers.”
  • “Wine tasting and dinner at the managing partner’s house.”

The Firm Says

For more than 180 years, we have deeply committed ourselves to offering law students an environment rooted in integrity, camaraderie, thought leadership, innovation, diversity, stewardship, and professional satisfaction. Our summer associate program strikes a balance between substantive work experience, opportunities for professional development, and social activities in and around the cities where we host summer programs. Our popular Foley Academy training program is designed to provide practical pointers not necessarily covered in law school curriculum, aimed at positioning our summer associates for a successful and rewarding career. The summer program features a summer associate retreat, bringing together the summer associate class from around the country for an interactive multiday program. At the retreat, our summer associates are introduced to firm leadership and learn more about the firm’s vision and strategy, as well as associate life, pro bono initiatives, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and much more. Social events have included a rooftop Cubs game, interactive cooking events, scavenger hunts, and a ping-pong tournament.