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Law Students – Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the summer program?  

The summer program runs for 10 weeks in all of our offices.  

What is the salary for summer associates?  

We offer summer associates a market-driven, competitive salary. Compensation is based on a pro-rated salary of a first-year associate.

Does the firm offer a mentoring program for summer associates?  

Each summer associate is assigned a mentor from the start of the program. Summer associates are encouraged to turn to their mentor(s) for guidance and with any questions they may have throughout the summer.

Will I be assigned to a specific practice area?  

In most of our offices, summer associates are not assigned to a specific practice area. Summer associates may focus on one practice area or diversify their summer experience by working across multiple practice areas. In all of our offices, we provide the opportunity to work on a broad spectrum of assignments in various areas. For additional information specific to your office of interest, please contact the local recruiting team.

Which offices host a summer associate program?  

Our Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York offices host a 2L summer associate program. Click here to view current opportunities available to law students. In addition, our Washington, DC office hosts a summer associate program for 1L law students.

Do you hire 1Ls law students for your summer program?  

We hire 1L law students through our 1L LCLD Scholars program in our Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC offices. To learn more about our 1L LCLD Scholars program, click here. We also offer a Minority 1L Environmental Internship—for further information, click here.

We begin accepting 1L applications as of December 1. Click here to view current opportunities available to 1L law students.

Will I have the opportunity to work on pro bono matters as a summer associate?  

Yes! Pro bono is engrained in our culture. Summer associates have numerous opportunities to work on pro bono matters, and pro bono/community-oriented activities are built into our summer program. To learn more about Katten’s pro bono program, click here.

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