summer program 

Choate Summer Associates are contributing members of client teams, interact directly with attorneys and clients, develop professional skills with guidance from internal and external experts, and get to know our attorneys in professional and social settings.


Real Work

Summer Associates are part of the Firm.  We staff matters leanly and integrate Summer Associates into case and deal teams.  In recent years, Summer Associates have done legal and factual research, drafted agreements for corporate transactions, conducted diligence and managed deal closings, assisted in fact gathering on-site at the client, observed depositions and trials, traveled to drafting and negotiating sessions with opposing counsel, drafted sections of appellate briefs, drafted estate planning documents and participated in strategy meetings with clients.  

We recognize that for many law students, 2L summer is a time of career exploration.  Our Summer Associates work in a variety of practice groups during the summer, so that they may gain experience in practices in which they may be interested and develop relationships with attorneys across the Firm.  The summer assignment process, which is personalized and attempts to accommodate the evolving interests of each Summer Associate, is instrumental in allowing broad exposure to our work, clients and colleagues. 

In addition to working closely with partners and associates on matters for our fee-paying clients, every Summer Associate has the opportunity to work with our pro bono clients.


Summer Associates are paired with three mentors:  a partner mentor, a mid-level associate Advisor and a junior associate mentor.  Summer Associates are staffed on a case or deal team with their partner mentors, with whom they work throughout the summer.  Associate Advisors help monitor Summer Associates’ workloads, engage their mentees in regular discussions about projects and practice group preferences, and connect with Legal Recruiting to ensure that Summer Associates receive some projects from the practice groups in which they are interested.  Junior associate mentors help Summer Associates integrate socially and professionally and serve as a sounding board as questions arise.  Summer Associates learn about life at Choate through their mentors’ experiences and work closely with their mentors throughout the summer.  Their role is to provide support to, and serve as a resource for, Summer Associates.


During the summer at Choate, Summer Associates attend various training sessions and seminars to help them develop professional skills and learn about the Firm’s practices.  Past training programs have included Anatomy of a Deal, Lifecycle of Litigation, Law Firm Economics, writing and time management workshops, and practice group presentations.  In addition, every Summer Associate has the opportunity to work privately with a writing coach.

Social Events

We plan a number of social and cultural events throughout the summer to help Summer Associates get to know our attorneys and their summer classmates.  Recent events have included sailing the Boston Harbor, rooftop cocktails in the Seaport, Boda Borg, a Habitat for Humanity event, Red Sox games, events hosted by our LGBT, attorneys of color, and women’s affinity groups, Lawyers’ Field Day at a local country club, participation in a softball league, an evening at the museum of Fine Arts and lots of good meals.


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