We offer our summer associates a dynamic experience that is uniquely Stinson. From hands-on training to learning the foundational skills for private practice and developing relationships with our talented attorneys, we provide an in-depth sense of what it means to practice law as an integral member of the firm.

The Work

Designed to immerse law students in the on-the-job life of an associate at Stinson, summer associates assume a realistic workload, managing multiple projects, engaging directly in client matters and pro bono legal service. Our innovative, organic approach encourages summer associates to seek out projects that match their interests, providing opportunities to work directly with attorneys and clients as members of litigation and transaction teams. In addition to a mid-summer and end-of-summer review, summer associates receive timely feedback on each of their work projects.


We pair each summer associate with both an associate and partner mentor. Mentors introduce summer associates to the firm’s culture, provide guidance about work assignments, and help them connect with other attorneys in the firm.


University Stinson gives summer associates access to the same learning opportunities as the firm’s attorneys. You are introduced to Stinson’s practice divisions and leadership, our commitment to diversity and pro bono work, and law practice essentials―legal writing in practice and coaching, the basics of law firm economics and working in a team environment.

Social Events

Summer associates take first steps toward building a professional network and getting to know their peers and Stinson attorneys and professional staff while participating in team building activities such as cooking competitions, volunteering in local community programs, attending sporting and cultural events and other social activities.


We believe providing a diverse and welcoming workplace that values all backgrounds and perspectives is the best path to serving our clients, our people and our profession. Learn more.


We have a longstanding commitment to give voice to those who would not otherwise have access to the law, and strive to donate at least three percent of total billable hours to pro bono every year. Learn more.


We are now accepting applications for our 2020 2L Summer Associate Program.


Applicants with a disability that are in need of an accommodation to complete the Stinson application process, or otherwise need assistance or an accommodation in the recruiting process, should contact Human Resources at 612.335.7140 or email HumanResources@stinson.com.

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