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At Kaye Scholer, we understand that many law students are still learning about which practice areas interest them most. To help Summer Associates discover and achieve their individual goals, our Program is designed to provide each Summer Associate with a customized experience. Rather than a “rotation” system, participants in the Summer Program are encouraged to take on assignments from any of our diverse practice groups.

To broaden Summer Associates’ experiences and knowledge, we believe it is important that each Summer Associate take part in as many real-life legal situations as possible. Summer Associates are given front-line responsibilities on a variety of projects, including legal research and drafting of memoranda, motions, briefs and transaction documents. Our Summer Associates receive work assignments that are equal in responsibility to the work assigned to first- and second-year Associates.

To manage the assigning process, two Partners have the joint responsibility of assigning Summer Associates work from all departments and ensuring that those assignments meet each Summer Associate’s practice area preferences. On a weekly basis, Summer Associates meet with the assigning Partners as a group to discuss current assignments and future interests. As preferences change over the course of the summer, the assigning Partners adjust the mix of work assigned to each Summer Associate.

In addition, the assigning Partners ensure that Summer Associates have assignments which vary in scope. This includes short term, long term, research, drafting, and “action assignments.” Action assignments provide Summer Associates a chance to attend and observe legal proceedings including negotiations, closings, client conferences and court proceedings.

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