Summer Associate Program


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Frequently Asked Questions about Verrill Dana's Summer Associate Program
The Verrill Dana Summer Associate Program is a comprehensive, 12-week program for second year law students, with just the right mix of work and play. The program is designed to give a realistic picture of the firm and present students with the information that they need to determine if Verrill Dana is the place for them after graduation. Since most of our associates are drawn from the summer program, the summer program is at the heart of our recruiting efforts. Our summer class size is designed to project our long term hiring needs.

The Work
The summer program provides an opportunity for each summer associate to experience the law practice of a typical associate at the firm. Summer associates will rotate through several departments and practice groups over the course of the summer. Work assignments will involve significant research and writing, but also opportunities to observe hearings, trials, closings and client meetings. By observing our attorneys with clients and other counsel, the summer associate is exposed to the collaborative, team effort that characterizes Verrill Dana, as well as the challenging work that we do.

Evaluation & Mentoring
Each summer associate is assigned a peer contact and mentor to provide guidance in their transition from law school to the law firm. Throughout the summer, attorneys provide an informal evaluation on every project that they have assigned a summer associate. At mid-summer and summer’s end, each summer associate meets with the Chair of the Hiring Committee to receive feedback on his or her progress. This is also an opportunity for the summer associate to give us feedback on our summer program and the practices that they are most interested in.

Social Events
Our summer program provides summer associates with the opportunity to get to know the members of the firm outside the office in a more relaxed, informal setting. Each year, we hold a number of social functions such as meet and greets, lunches and dinners, sailing on Casco Bay, attending Sea Dogs and Boston Red Sox games, and more.

To Apply
First-year law students interested in summer associate positions may submit their cover letter, resume, and law school transcript via email, PDF, fax or mail on or after December 1st. It is rare for us to include first-year law students in our summer class.

Second-year law students interested in summer associate positions should determine if Verrill Dana is interviewing on-campus. If we are scheduled to interview at your law school, we look forward to seeing you on campus. Please check with your Career Services Office for specific dates and procedures. If not, we invite you to contact us directly.

Please send your resume, law school transcript, and a cover letter expressing your interest in the Verrill Dana Summer Associate Program to:

Michele Pattenaude
Director of Human Resources