Training and Mentoring

Cleary offers its summer associates a wide range of opportunities to supplement your education outside the law school classroom:

  • Learn from lawyers discussing recent assignments, practice updates, and developments in the law.
  • Attend an in-house summer breakfast series, hosted by different practice groups. Partners and associates describe their practice, why it matters, and what makes it interesting, as well as discuss the ins and outs of their day-to-day work.
  • Participate in a litigation workshop and interactive boot camp, where you’ll take and defend depositions before testing your knowledge in a series of exercises.
  • Work with guest speakers in addition to our own lawyers to host practical workshops on such topics as legal writing, oral communication skills, and time management.
  • Attend one of our many CLE sessions throughout the summer.

On-the-Job Training

A great deal of training happens naturally as summer associates become active members of our firm. You will work closely with established attorneys and make meaningful contributions to every assignment. Complementing formal training and partner supervision, summer associates receive personal mentoring from associates on our Summer Program Committee as well as an assigned associate mentor.