Law Students

Our firm offers its summer associates the opportunity to develop strong legal and business experience in a positive, supportive and high-energy environment.

Our culture emphasizes teamwork, integrity and mutual respect, and provides associates with early and unique opportunities for career development. We are committed to improving the quality and diversity of the communities where we live and work.

Summer Associate Program

Our Summer Associate Program is our most important tool for hiring new associates. The goal of the program is to give summer associates the opportunity to experience life working an as associate at Godfrey & Kahn. Consistent with this goal, summer associates are given meaningful assignments from a variety of practice areas within the firm.

As a summer associate, you can expect to work with a diverse group of attorneys from multiple practice areas. The work you will perform is part of a larger project we have undertaken for our clients or our firm - it is never unnecessary or busywork. It is our expectation that your work will be incorporated into our final product and that your time will be billed to the client.

Mentorship at Godfrey & Kahn begins in our Summer Associate Program and will continue to play a significant role throughout your career at the firm.

You will learn from attorneys at all levels of the law firm. In addition to informal day-to-day feedback from the attorneys with whom you work, you will receive regular written evaluations on most assignments you complete.

In addition to the social aspects of the program, we include educational and cultural experiences designed to enhance your professional development. Summer associates often represent pro bono clients in matters such as landlord/tenant disputes, immigration matters and prisoner civil rights cases.

Our Summer Associate Program has a demonstrated record of success. You will develop tangible skills and gain valuable experience. And you will leave with a realistic view of whether a career as an attorney at Godfrey & Kahn is right for you. Most of our summer associates go on to become successful attorneys - most of them at Godfrey & Kahn.

Recruiting for our Summer Associate Program begins August 1 each year. If you are a first-year law student, please contact us after December 1.

We belong to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and follow its Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities. View the firm's NALP Directory of Legal Employers information.


Rebeca López - Starting Out

"The firm enables me to develop the foundation for long-term success in my legal career," Rebeca López says. Learn more about her experience as a new associate with Godfrey & Kahn.

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