Law Students

Summer Program

A hands-on summer

After a summer at Pillsbury, you will surely understand what it means to be a lawyer.

You will work with multidisciplinary teams on active matters. You will attend client meetings and court appearances, take part in depositions, due diligence reviews, and closings. You will learn the value of collaboration, the cornerstone of our approach to client service.

From these experiences, you will, no doubt, get a real sense of what lawyers do, how they think, and the deep satisfaction they get when hard work produces great results.

Varied assignments
If you have a particular area of interest, we will make sure you get hands-on work that caters to that interest. If you would rather experience many different practices, we can accommodate that, as well. Either way, you will be assigned substantive work that broadens your perspective, even as it builds your skills.

For example, here are some assignments typical of work performed by recent summer associates:

  • Helping prepare a $350 million financing deal for an international company
  • Assisting in class-action litigation on behalf of mentally disabled persons
  • Participating in negotiations on a client’s behalf for technology sourcing contracts
  • Helping draft a motion for stay of execution for an Ohio death row inmate

All offices have an assignment coordinator. Some offices let you view the assignment database and select assignments; other offices have a rotation through each department. But whatever the system, you can be sure of varied assignments that will confirm—or pique—your interests.

The right guidance
Training—both formal and informal—is at the heart of the summer program. Formal programs include professional development sessions on topics like: legal writing, practice excellence, management and leadership skills, ethics and professional responsibility, building client relationships, and the practical aspects of being a new lawyer. You will formally be assigned at least one mentor, but you will also see that our team approach facilitates any number of less formal relationships with partners and associates. Your real mentor, in other words, is your team.