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Summer Associate Program

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About the Program

Our summer associate program closely mirrors the experience of being a first year associate at Clyde & Co. Throughout the summer, you’ll have the opportunity to work on meaningful work assignments, participate in training and development programs and observe the law in practice.

As a summer associate, you will work with our attorneys on a variety of substantive projects that involve skills such as legal research, analysis and drafting for ongoing client matters.

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Program Areas

To help you develop the requisite skills needed to become a successful Clyde & Co attorney, we offer training seminars that cover the essentials: time entry and billing, legal research and writing, how to read an insurance policy, negotiations, deposition techniques and more. We also identify opportunities for you to sit in on depositions, attend court hearings and even client meetings.

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Partners in Practice Program

In addition to developing your legal skills, we seek to expand your knowledge of the firm’s practice areas through our “Partners in Practice” program. We host a multitude of sessions in which our partners and team members provide an overview of their practice and cases. These sessions not only allow each summer associate to gain exposure to location specific practice areas, but they are also a great way to build connections with our lawyers.

Summer Associate Program - What to expect:

Mentorship plays a critical role in fostering your professional and personal development. From day one, you will be assigned a contact attorney who will provide guidance and support to help you thrive at Clyde & Co. Additionally, each office has a work assignment coordinator who will support you in navigating and balancing your workload.

Our goal is to provide you with continuous feedback throughout the summer upon completion of each work assignment. In addition, at the mid-point of the summer, we’ll sit down with you to discuss your summer experience and provide you with observations and input on your achievements and work projects. This is also a time for us to hear from you! We encourage you to share feedback with us so that we can make your summer at Clyde & Co exceptional.

Social activities allow us to get to know one another in a more relaxed setting. Activities vary by office, and the events chosen allow time for conversation, learning and enjoyment. Past events have included baseball games, happy hours and cooking classes. We too encourage our summer associates to get involved in office-specific events. Additionally, we offer opportunities to connect with other summer associates and attorneys across the US.

Creating an inclusive culture is vital to the success of our business. It is crucial that our people feel happy, respected and able to be their whole selves at work. Having a workforce that brings a variety of backgrounds and experiences helps us harness the power of different perspectives to better innovate, problem solve and drive change.

We are proud to have achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification in the US. The Mansfield Rule aims to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in lateral hire roles, leadership positions and business development activities by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities.

We have also been recognized by Diversity Lab for the 3rd time.

As a part of our ongoing commitment to promote diversity, the firm is proud to offer the Inclusion Matters Scholarship. Through this $15,000 scholarship, we aim to support students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

  • You are pursuing a J.D. with an expected graduation date between December 2025 and June 2026.
  • Proven academic and professional record.
  • Analytical and critical-thinking skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.
  • Inclusive mindset and willingness to embrace diverse perspectives.
  • Summer associates are required to spend a minimum of nine weeks with the firm.
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