Pullman & Comley's 2L 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.
Summer associates spend two weeks in our Hartford office and eight weeks 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.
For more information, see our Summer Associate Program FAQs.
Cultural Diversity Initiative
Pullman & Comley values the diverse communities in which we live and work and believes that a team of lawyers with different backgrounds and approaches enables us to better advise and serve our clients. As part of our commitment to employing outstanding lawyers, Pullman & Comley participates in the Cultural Diversity Initiative (“CDI”), an interview program designed to afford first-year law students who identify as members of diverse groups that have been historically underrepresented in the practice of law the opportunity to interview with participating law firms for employment opportunities. These historically underrepresented groups include ethnic, racial and religious minority groups, students with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. CDI is conducted in partnership with UConn Law School’s Student Affinity Groups, the UConn Law School Diversity Committee, although students from all law schools are encouraged to apply to the program. By participating in CDI, Pullman & Comley gains access and exposure to the rising class of talented and diverse practitioners.
Through CDI, Pullman & Comley is able to offer a diverse 1L law student a paid 10-week program that includes five weeks as a summer associate with Pullman & Comley followed by five weeks with the in-house legal department of a corporate client of the firm. During their five weeks at the firm, the CDI Summer Associate participates in the same activities and perform the same type of legal work as the participants in Pullman & Comley’s 2L Summer Associate Program. This work includes researching and writing legal memoranda, motions and briefs, attending administrative and court proceedings, analyzing new legislation, working on articles and participating in closings and document review.
For more on our firm and how we work, view our annual report.