Check out what past summer associates thought about their experience at Katten.
One of the characteristics of Katten that stood out to me while interviewing was the passion that the Katten attorneys had for their area of work. As a summer associate, I got to witness and experience that passion and dedication first hand. I worked on assignments for the Intellectual Property, Litigation, Trusts and Estates and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation departments, and even appeared in front of a judge to obtain an emergency order of protection for a pro bono client. The attorneys were approachable and happy to give guidance along the way. Between the work experience and all of the social events—casino night, baseball games, delicious lunches and more—I had a fantastic summer at Katten.
Katten’s summer program provided an exciting glimpse into the firm’s culture. The summer program is a strong opportunity to practice in a variety of areas and work with a number of Katten attorneys eager to mentor the summer associates. I ended my summer associate experience knowing that Katten was a community of talented professionals who were truly invested in my success.
“My summer associate experience at Katten exceeded my already high expectations. The partners and associates in the firm were welcoming and friendly, and made the effort to get to know us and check in throughout the summer to address any questions or concerns we might have. I worked on assignments in a variety of practice areas, including litigation, real estate, corporate and entertainment. I also was able to do pro bono work. The assignments I worked on were substantive and addressed real issues in the cases, so I knew the work I was doing actually mattered. There is an open-door policy which made me feel comfortable to ask follow-up questions, seek clarification or stop in and get to know a particular attorney a little better. The events throughout the summer were well-attended by the attorneys in the office and were a lot of fun. Katten also treated us to great lunches throughout the summer. I know that I made the right choice by coming to Katten—I could not have asked for a better summer experience!”
“While attending call-back interviews at a variety of firms, Katten’s collegial atmosphere immediately stood out to me and made it apparent that Katten was a firm where I could grow both personally and professionally. My summer experience at Katten solidified this perception. I was exposed to a wide variety of assignments across many different practice areas. I had the opportunity to work on cutting-edge entertainment assignments, litigation matters and complex issues in trusts and estates. I was afforded great responsibility and was very involved in each project, receiving valuable, constructive feedback throughout the summer. My summer experience exceeded all of my expectations.”
“As a summer associate at Katten, I had a chance to work in a wide variety of practice areas with a diverse group of knowledgeable supervising attorneys—everyone was very helpful and provided lots of feedback. Each assignment was unique and interesting and provided me with a chance to really get to know the firm. We were taken to lunch every day by a different group of associates, and the firm hosted weekly social gatherings that let you meet the attorneys in a more relaxed setting. Overall, it was a tremendous experience.”
“Katten's attorneys are not only smart and dedicated, they also genuinely enjoy working with each other.”
“I cannot say enough good things about Katten's summer program. Somehow they managed to simultaneously train, nurture, mentor and challenge the summer associates. We were given real work, real responsibility and real opportunities to prove ourselves. Over the course of the summer we were given the opportunity to draft motions, write memos on interesting legal questions, go to court, sit in on depositions, sit in on business deals, and even work on the acquisition of an NBA franchise. I think I may have learned as much in my 10 weeks at Katten as I did during my 2L year. At the same time, the summer was loaded with social events: White Sox games, Cubs games, architectural boat tours and visits to some of Chicago's finest eateries. The attorneys are friendly and helpful, the assignments are challenging and interesting, and the events are fun and relaxed. What more could a summer associate ask for?”
“As a summer associate at Katten, I was encouraged to work in a variety of practice areas to determine the group that was the best fit for me. Although my focus was transactional work, I had ample opportunity to complete litigation assignments and even helped draft a pro bono criminal appellate brief. The partners and associates provided consistent feedback and truly made me feel as though they wanted to see me succeed. Katten gave me the opportunity to interact with and get to know many associates and partners throughout the firm through various dinners and social events. My summer at Katten was fun, intellectually stimulating and, most important, made me excited to join the firm as a new associate.
”I had a great summer at Katten. Due to the small class size, I received a tremendous amount of individual attention. The attorneys went out of their way to give me substantive assignments, one of which even included direct client interaction. I always felt that I was part of the team, even though I was only there for the summer.”
“It did not take long in Katten's summer associate program to get a feel for what life is like as a young associate here. From tagging along on court appearances, to researching novel areas of law, to helping a partner prepare in the last few days before trial, my summer experience could not have been more interesting and diverse. Of course, it also helped that we had many fun, outside-the-office events where we could get to know the associates. Because of the program's range, by the end of the summer I had a good feeling about both the type of work that I would be doing and the people that I would be doing it with. That made my decision invaluably easier.”