By Tony Flesor
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Many practicing attorneys look back fondly on their days as summer associates. Pre-recession summer associate programs at large law firms provided an orientation that brought in a cohort of law students to attend social events for several weeks during the summer, ideally ending with a job offer for when they graduated and passed the bar exam.
Now, however, summer associates are expected to work.
But the realistic introduction to law firm life is seen as a benefit to both law firms and young lawyers. At several Denver-based law firms, summer associate class sizes are smaller, but the law students brought onboard get more of a hands-on education. And when a job is eventually offered, both parties know what to expect of each other.
A SHIFT IN FOCUS
Across the board, law firms reported a change in philosophy for their summer associate programs.