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Summer Program Stats

No. of Summer Associates (2023): 115 total (91 2Ls; 24 1Ls)

No. of 2L Offers (2022): 76 out of 78

Summer Associate Salary:

$4,130/week

Summer Program Length:

10 weeks

Summer Program Contact

https://www.hklaw.com/en/careers/lawyer-recruiting-contacts

Our Survey Says

Training & Assignments

  • “We had weekly meetings with our summer associate coordinator and partner summer associate coordinator to ensure we had consistent work, and from diverse practices.”
  • “I helped with real matters in ways similar to the work I do as an associate at the firm.”
  • “My summer was odd because it was the COVID summer. We only had four weeks. Of those four weeks, I was able to meet a lot of folks and get some interesting work, but overall it was a very atypical summer.”

Social Opportunities

  • “Billy Joel concert, opening and closing events at venues, baseball game, paint and sip social, cooking class, etc.”
  • “The firm adapted to the fully remote nature that the pandemic imposed on the summer program, and organized fun remote activities (such as paint night and a virtual escape room), which were well attended.”
  • “I was a summer associate during a remote summer program in response to COVID-19 concerns during the summer of 2020. The firm devised very original, creative social events (especially the Zoom magic show).”

Associate Experience vs. Summer Expectations

  • “I had substantive, real assignments as a summer associate, but I did not realize how many opportunities for client interaction I would have as a junior associate, or the extent to which I would be allowed to chart my own path within my practice group. If anything, my experience has been even more exciting and fulfilling than advertised.”
  • “I really haven't experienced a huge difference. Obviously, there is a difference in the workload in that there is more of it, but I think as a summer, I was doing substantive, and I am now just doing more work. That being said, it isn't overwhelming, and the workload is manageable.”
  • “Because of its abbreviated and remote nature, my summer associateship featured a smaller cross-section of life as a lawyer than is typical of a summer associateship.”

Favorite Summer Events

  • “Sailing event.”
  • “The Zoom magic show. There were also plenty of remote happy hours, Q&As, and other remote events.”
  • “The remote paint night was very fun.”

The Firm Says

The summer program is an integral part of Holland & Knight's hiring effort, as we hire the majority of our junior associates directly from our summer program. We strive to give our summer associates an accurate sense of what it is like to work as a first-year associate at the firm, and we hire each summer associate with the expectation that we will extend an offer for a full-time position at the end of the summer. During the summer program, we provide intellectually challenging assignments that allow summer associates to showcase their analytical and advocacy skills while strengthening their writing capabilities. Opportunities include observing depositions, attending court hearings, drafting briefs and pleadings, writing substantive research memorandums, conducting due diligence, assisting with closings, and participating in client negotiations. We expose summer associates to challenging client work and provide them with access to comprehensive substantive training and mentoring programs, so they will gain insight into the practical aspects of a law firm career.