Summer Associate Program Frequently Asked Questions
Who should I send my application to for a summer associate position?
What does Greensfelder look for in a candidate for the summer program?
What is the interview process?
How long is Greensfelder's Summer Associate Program?
How does Greensfelder handle work assignments?
Do I have a mentor assigned to me?
What types of social functions are planned for the summer associates?
How are offers determined for each summer associate?
We seek individuals with a strong history of successful performance, both academically and with respect to their professional and personal experiences. In hiring our summer associates, we look for candidates who are motivated to develop their skills in an intellectually challenging environment and who demonstrate their commitment to the firm's reputation for integrity and expertise in service to our clients.
Typically the recruiting of summer associates begins with on-campus interviewing at the local law schools. However, we accept resumes sent to us directly from all law schools. We will then call students we are interested in to visit the firm and interview with the Recruiting Committee. During the callback, each candidate will meet with four or five attorneys for about 20 minutes each. You will also meet with a few associates to get a better idea of associate life at Greensfelder. We will try to accommodate any practice area interests you may have. If we are not participating at your school’s on-campus interviews, please send your resume directly to us. We welcome all resumes to help us select from a diverse pool of students.
10 weeks. Typically, the program starts at the end of May and runs through July.
Greensfelder commits significant resources and effort to conduct a high-quality Summer Associate Program. We give our summer associates challenging assignments, designed to expose them to the range of our firm’s practice. Generally, summer associates who have completed their second year of law school are assigned to a specific practice group and receive work assignments from attorneys in that group. Summer associates who have completed their first year of law school are typically part of a “general pool.” Those summer associates will receive work from a variety of practice groups, so they have the opportunity to explore several areas of law and help them determine what area might appeal to them most.
Certainly, we value the ability to deliver accurate and concise research memoranda; however, we also believe our summer associates should learn to address the practical problems our clients face. We consider our summer associates to be more than just students who are working at the firm temporarily - they become involved in the daily fabric of our practice and are encouraged to become a part of the Greensfelder team. Typically, our summer associates enjoy the opportunity to interact with clients, under the guidance of our experienced attorneys. They also attend meetings, depositions, hearings and closings with our attorneys. In short, by the end of a summer, our summer associates have an accurate and thorough picture of what it is like to practice law as an associate at Greensfelder.
Yes. Each of our summer associates is paired with an associate mentor as well as a member of the Recruiting Committee, to ensure that someone is always available to provide advice, act as a sounding board and guide progress.
What would summer be without a little fun? We encourage our summer associates to get to know us outside the work setting as well. Volunteer with our officers at Food Outreach or Habitat for Humanity, walk across the street to Busch Stadium to help us cheer the Cardinals on to victory, and take in the sights and sounds of the St. Louis Zoo in our private event area. St. Louis has much to offer, and our Summer Program is designed to give you a taste of life in our metropolitan area.
The size of our Summer Associate Program is determined by each practice group's need for a first-year associate. We select summer associates with the expectation that they will join us as associates after graduation. The Recruiting Committee reviews each summer associate on written work product, comments from supervising attorneys projects and overall contribution to the firm.