The Verrill Summer Associate Program is a comprehensive, 10-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 life at Verrill and presents students with the information that they need to determine if Verrill is the place for them after graduation.
Since most of our first-year associates are drawn from our Summer Associate Program, it is at the heart of our recruiting efforts. Our summer class size is designed to meet our long-term hiring needs. Because of that, our summer associates are not competing for one of a limited number of spots; our classes are collaborative.
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 practice groups over the course of the summer. The program is based in our Portland office, but summer associates receive work from and spend time in other offices as well. 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, 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 program, summer associates will receive an informal evaluation on each project that they have been assigned. 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 provide us with feedback on our summer program and the practices in which they are most interested.
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 social hours, lunches and dinners, attending baseball games, and more.
Second-year law students interested in summer associate positions should determine if Verrill 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 with your materials.