We offer our Summer Associates a training program that is a preview of first-year Associate training. Summer Associates receive a comprehensive orientation, legal research and writing training and are invited to various practice group seminars. We view training as not only an opportunity to learn more about practice areas, but to explore who we are and what we do at Kaye Scholer. Summer Associates will also participate in an eight-week business development learning opportunity.
Each Summer Associate is assigned a Partner/Counsel “mentor,” a Senior Associate “advisor” and a Junior Associate “buddy,” who are responsible for guiding them through firm life. At Kaye Scholer, mentors, advisors and buddies are available to address Summer Associate concerns and questions. It is not unusual for our Summer Associates to have a professional friendship with a mentor, advisor or buddy that continues for many years beyond the program.
We know that an important part of the Summer Associate’s learning experience is receiving feedback on assignments performed during the summer. Each assignment is evaluated by the supervising attorney(s) by a written evaluation to the Recruiting Committee. At Kaye Scholer we have an “open door” policy and also encourage Summer Associates to request informal feedback and review of work product. Each Summer Associate will receive a mid-summer review and an end-of-summer debriefing, in which a Co-chair of the Recruiting Committee discusses with the summer associate each of his or her assignments and the written evaluations provided by the supervising attorney(s).