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Pullman & Comley's Summer Associate Program offers second-year law students the opportunity to work closely with attorneys in a wide variety of the firm's practice areas. Summer associates research and write legal memoranda, attend administrative and court proceedings, help write articles for publication, assist in drafting motions and briefs, analyze new legislation and participate in closings and document reviews. Our summer associates have frequent exposure to our clients and perform work with a direct impact on their matters.
The firm typically selects three to five students for the ten-week program, which begins the last week of May. Summer associates spend two weeks in our Hartford office and the remainder in our Bridgeport office. Work projects are carefully selected and distributed to maximize exposure to the various departments while accommodating individual preferences where possible. Summer associates are trained in state-of-the-art office technology, legal writing and substantive areas of practice. Social events ranging from concerts to sports, including our annual "Partners-Serve-Associates" dinner, allow summer associates to meet all the attorneys in our various offices.
Mentorship is the cornerstone of the program. Each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor and a partner mentor to answer questions and offer advice on assignments and any other issues. They also meet regularly with the program's director and the firm's Orientation Committee to help them acclimate to their new schedule and environment. Weekly reviews and a comprehensive mid-summer evaluation give summer associates the progress assessments they need to guide their professional development.
The program is also the firm's primary method for recruiting full-time associates. Since the firm does not accept more summer associates than it anticipates needing on a full-time basis the following year, they are not in competition with each other. The Recruiting Committee, of which nearly one-third of all attorneys in the firm are members, will recommend an offer of full-time employment to each summer associate who successfully completes the summer program.
For more information, see our Summer Associate Program FAQs.