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Summer Experience

At Katten, you will find a culture that is uniquely entrepreneurial and collegial. Our summer program allows law students the opportunity to work side by side with world-class attorneys on challenging, substantive legal matters and gain an inside perspective of our diverse practice areas.

During the summer, you will have the opportunity to receive compelling assignments, tailored training and mentoring by our attorneys who are committed to your development and success. Throughout the summer, you will form impactful relationships with our attorneys that will help lay the foundation for your career.

Work Assignments and Feedback  

As a summer associate, you will receive varied substantive work assignments. The assignment process provides summer associates with the flexibility to experience different practice areas and work with numerous attorneys, including Local and National Department Heads. Summer associates work with a dedicated assignment coordinator throughout the summer to receive assignments based on their expressed interests. We encourage our summer associates to explore the many practice areas and exciting opportunities that Katten offers.

Our attorneys are committed to providing summer associates with immediate and meaningful feedback throughout the program. Summer associates receive a written evaluation for every assignment along with formal mid-summer and end-of-summer reviews. Our summer program chairs, mentors and the attorney recruiting team proactively work with our summer associates to ensure their success.

Training and Development  

We believe that training is essential at every stage in a lawyer's career. We offer a training curriculum that includes workshops on writing, negotiations, professional development and practice-specific content. 

In addition to our training curriculum, our attorneys ensure that summer associates are provided with abundant hands-on learning opportunities through challenging assignments, client interaction and opportunities to participate in deal closings or attend court.

Networking and Social Events  

Our summer social events reflect our firm culture and provide opportunities to develop lasting relationships with our attorneys and your fellow summer associates. The summer social calendar consists of a variety of events, such as concerts, sporting events and partner-hosted dinners, which allow our summer associates to network and experience the city they are working in. Each summer we put together a unique schedule of events that our summer associates and attorneys look forward to attending. 

Mentoring  

Each summer associate is provided with a mentor. Mentors serve as a valuable resource and provide guidance to our summer associates. In addition, each summer associate works with an assignment coordinator who helps navigate the assignment process, and also provides mentorship throughout the summer. As a summer associate, you will find that our attorneys have open doors and are eager to provide mentorship.

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