Assignments and Feedback

Assignments and Feedback

We give our summer associates a real view of associate life by providing them with a well-balanced program and challenging assignments. Summer associates receive the significant responsibility and varied work assignments typically given to first- and second-year associates.

We know that your interests will likely grow and evolve throughout your time with us. As a result, we give you the flexibility to work on assignments from as many departments and practice groups as your interests dictate - while still having the opportunity to spend time working in all practice areas in order to confirm your interests. Additionally, summer associates also have the opportunity to complete pro bono assignments throughout the summer, including short-term projects sponsored by local legal services providers such as the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Human Rights First. Assignment coordinators manage the assignment process and are in close contact with summer associates throughout the summer, ensuring that work is being distributed fairly and that summer associates are receiving assignments in areas they are interested in.

Each attorney who supervises the work of a summer associate submits an evaluation upon the completion of the project.  We also encourage attorneys to give verbal feedback to the summer associates with whom they work on an ongoing basis.  Recruitment Committee members administer formal mid-summer and exit performance reviews.  This review is designed to give the summer associate information on how his or her work has been received and allows the summer associate the opportunity to give us feedback on the summer program.
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