Law schools and law firms alike praise “experiential” learning for students as crucial for their entrance into the profession. And while law schools are offering more and more opportunities for students to get practical experience, students’ summers might be the best chance for that type of education.
Summer associate programs have transformed from the long-term inter- view and largely social experiences of decades past to avenues for hands-on lawyering experience that in some in- stances even require capstone projects similar to any other intensive class.
Such programs around Denver seem to have been on the rise as law firm hiring and revenue have gone up as well. Three of Denver’s large home-grown firms discussed how important their summer programs are for onboarding young attorneys.