We believe that doing is the best way to learn. This summer, do real work on real cases.

The Experience

Discover firsthand what real litigation is like. Work closely with preeminent lawyers, receive hands-on training and development, and be integrally involved in real cases. Our Summer Associate Program is your start to a successful career.

  • Attend hearings, depositions, and mediations
  • Perform in a mock trial, depositions, opening and closings, and motions practice
  • Attend educational seminars and workshops
  • Draft memorandums, motions, and pleadings
  • Do legal research

The Summer Associate Program culminates in a mock trial. Many of our associates, partners, and staff participate as coaches, judges, and witnesses. The trial is a challenging and rewarding end to an energizing summer.

The Culture

We work hard, but we know how to enjoy ourselves. Through engaging group activities you can get to know our people on a more personal level. And have fun doing it.

The Verdict

Make a lasting impact in your community. By getting involved with an organization, you can become an integral part of its progress. We encourage and support involvement in a variety of diverse organizations and bar associations.

“I wanted to do more than just research. The summer program gave me opportunities to attend hearings and depositions as well as draft substantive motions and pleadings, while many of my peers sat in the library all summer.”

LaShawnda K. Jackson, Partner

“You won’t find another program like this one. It will provide a better education, and let you work closer with your attorneys than any other Summer Associate experience.”

Fred Clarke, Associate

“RumbergerKirk was the only law firm I’m aware of that offers this kind of practical litigation training, in addition to giving summer associates a glimpse of what it is like to be a first year associate. I knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer, so litigation training was extremely appealing to me.”

Meredith Fee, Associate

“During the program, I had the opportunity to research and draft an appellate brief. I threw myself into the assignment, worked extremely hard, and my supervising partner filed my draft with virtually no changes. That was very satisfying and sealed my job offer. I also had a lot of fun that summer with the clerkship’s social activities.”

Charles P. Mitchell, Partner

“The mock trial was my favorite part of the summer program. No other clerkship offered the opportunity to actually try a case. You learn so much more about actual litigation when you actually get to litigate, even if its fake.”

Suzanne Barto Hill, Partner

“The summer associate program allowed me to hit the ground running when I started as an associate, I knew what was expected of me and had less of a learning curve.”

Brett M. Carey, Associate

“My favorite part of the summer program was doing real work on real cases, not busy work for pretend projects.”

Daniel J. Gerber, Partner

“Whether or not a job offer is extended, you leave the program with much more knowledge than you started with…no other firm provides the chance to learn from seasoned professionals in a structured setting and compete in a mock trial at the end of the summer.”

Robert P. Barton, Associate

“My favorite part of the Summer Associates Program was working closely with attorneys in the firm who demonstrated skills and techniques that helped me grow.”

Michael L. Forte, Partner