Parker Poe has a vibrant Summer Associate Program designed to give law students real-world experience as a practicing attorney. We currently have programs in our Charlotte, Raleigh, and Columbia offices. Traditionally, our Charlotte and Raleigh programs are open to 2L students, while our Columbia office recruits 1L students for its summer program. Our Charlotte office also participates in Mecklenburg County Bar’s Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship.
Our summer associates work on a variety of challenging projects alongside attorneys to meet the complex legal needs of some of the largest businesses and local governments in the Southeast. In some cases, they present directly to clients.
“I didn’t expect to be able to speak to an actual client, and to do that was great,” says a summer associate who traveled to Atlanta as part of a client presentation.
“I think what was the most impactful about it was the fact that we actually got to see how our work product played out,” adds another summer associate who went on the trip. “Not only did we get to give the client the research they needed, but they actually took the time to explain to us how it fit into the bigger picture.”
Our summer associates get the opportunity to explore a variety of Parker Poe’s practice areas as they work on projects that are comparable to those assigned to first and second-year associates. This broad exposure helps summer associates narrow down potential areas of focus as they chart their legal paths. Our summer associates work with different attorneys throughout the firm and are supported by an attorney in their home office who helps manage their workload and provides guidance. Each of our summer associates receives informal feedback throughout the summer, as well as formal mid-summer and end of the program reviews.
All of our summer associates are also paired with a mentor group, which is comprised of a partner, an associate, a legal professional assistant, and a recruiting committee member. This team of mentors helps coordinate work, social activities, and administrative matters, and team members are available to answer any and all types of questions.
Our attorneys and staff want to get to know our summer associates on a personal level and introduce them to their cities. We host a variety of social activities over the summer to cultivate a sense of community, including annual associate and partner dinners, as well as an event for all summer associates to meet and connect with our diverse attorneys and firm leadership.
Parker Poe keeps its Summer Associate Program intentionally small. We only bring in as many summer associates as we would be able to give permanent offers to at the end of the summer. Our goal is to transition our summer associates to skilled, dynamic lawyers who are part of the Parker Poe family.
If Parker Poe does not visit your law school for On Campus Interviews (OCI), you may submit an application here. If you have questions, you can contact Sarah Hutchins. You can also click through the following links to learn more about our firm, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our impact in our communities.