Stinson Morrison Hecker’s successful summer program provides summer associates with opportunities to sample as many of the firm’s practice areas and work with as many of our attorneys as possible. The experience that law students derive from working on our clients’ ongoing cases or transactions is the centerpiece of our program, and is the best way for a summer associate to evaluate what it is like to practice law at our firm. The work typically is not limited to legal research alone. Over the course of the summer, we look for opportunities for summer associates to work directly with attorneys on projects that involve client contact, factual investigations, witness interviews, negotiations, hearings, depositions, trials and the closing of transactions.
During a summer with our firm, a summer associate will have an opportunity to sample University Stinson, the firm's new comprehensive professional and career development program. This program combines substantive legal skills training with practical skills and career development training. University Stinson's curriculum is designed to establish, implement and institutionalize ongoing associate training and firm-wide professional development programs for all attorneys.
Though work projects are the central focus of the summer program, we also enjoy the opportunity to have summer associates interact with our attorneys outside the office. Though attendance is not required at any of the events in our summer social schedule, we find that they provide most summer associates an opportunity to get to know more of our lawyers.