1L Experienced Hire Corporate Fellowship

We offer unique opportunities for experienced 1L candidates.

Built for your success

Choate is pleased to continue its 1L Experienced Hire Corporate Fellowship.  We are looking to hire exceptional first-year law students to join our Summer Program. 1L Experienced Hire Corporate Fellows should have a minimum of two years of prior work experience relevant to our transactional practice and be committed to pursuing a career as a transactional lawyer.

During our summer program, you will receive opportunities to work on real client teams, receive important and relevant training and coaching critical for long term success, and participate in exciting and fun social events to get to know our firm and our people. As a 1L, you will be given the same opportunities and experiences as our 2L summer associates.

Personalized and Meaningful Assignments

You will work with Choate attorneys and make meaningful contributions to Firm matters in our corporate department. Our work assignment system will ensure that you have exposure to all areas of our transactional practice with a focus on areas of greatest interest to you. 

Strong Mentorship and Training

Opportunities for mentoring and training are abundant; they occur organically throughout your practice and formally through training and mentoring programs that begin during your summer and continue throughout your career.

City Life

In addition to your work at the firm, you’ll take advantage of life in Boston, including partner-hosted dinners and firm-wide events that allow you to make connections with lawyers of all seniorities and get a true feel for life at Choate and in the city of Boston.

Member of the Choate Community

During the summer, you will learn the importance of how Choate is Built different from other firms. Working with all our attorneys under one roof, you will become a member of our community and understand the benefit of this model to the development of our attorneys and the success of our clients.  

Application Process

In mid-December, applications will be considered for Choate’s Summer 2025 1L Corporate Experienced Hire Fellowship.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the end of mid-January.  Choate will begin extending interviews to candidates beginning in early January. 

Applications Include:

  • Current resume
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all undergraduate institutions
  • Transcript (official or unofficial) from first semester of law school (as soon as is available)
  • One-page, single-spaced personal statement describing how your prior professional experience will contribute to your long term success as a transactional lawyer


Please note we expect that your written work will be your own, without the assistance of artificial intelligence tools.


Job Requirements

  • Two plus years of professional experience that is useful background for our transactional practice
  • Outstanding academic credentials
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, to build rapport with clients and colleagues
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to pursuing a career as a corporate lawyer


We have completed the 1L Experienced Hire Fellowship hiring process for Summer 2024. To learn more about this opportunity in the future, please contact Ashley Itson, Manager of Law School Recruiting at legalrecruiting@choate.com.