What is your hiring process for the Summer Program?
Our principal method of hiring is through our summer program. We participate in fall and spring semester law school on-campus interview programs, as well as encouraging correspondence from law students via e-mail.
When making decisions for summer employment, the Recruiting Committee reviews the candidate’s evaluations from callback interviews and determines whether or not to extend an offer for summer employment.
How many summer associates do you usually hire?
We do not limit ourselves to an arbitrary number. We are always looking for the brightest, most talented students.
What class levels do you hire for your summer program?
Usually we hire first- and second-year law students for our summer program. However, from time to time, we have invited third-year law students to spend the summer with us prior to the commencement a judicial clerkship.
Are summer associates allowed to split their summers?
Yes. We recognize the importance of clerking with several firms before committing to one firm after graduation. Our hope is that our summer associates will be make partner at Brooks Pierce and be with us for many, many years. It takes a special person to feel that Brooks Pierce is the right “fit,” and we want you to explore and choose the best place for your future.
When does the summer program begin and end?
Our program typically lasts ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in early August. Within those parameters, summer associates are free to choose when their tenure will begin and end.
Do you offer a summer housing program?
Yes. We encourage summer associates to get to know Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington as communities, in addition to getting to know our firm. Therefore, we will provide corporate apartments to summer associates who request them, even if they are in law school at nearby campuses such as Duke, the University of North Carolina or Wake Forest. Summer associates typically pay a small expense for housing and utilities combined, and we will cover the remainder of the expense (including pet deposits for their best friends).
How do summer associates gain experience?
The Brooks Pierce Summer Program is designed to mirror the work experience of our full-time associates as much as possible. Our distinct model has no formal practice areas or departments, and associates are encouraged to work concurrently with a wide array of partners across fields and industries. Summer associates are similarly encouraged to participate in a diverse range of matters, gaining exposure to attorneys and clients that present the variety of our practice and clientele.
How do summer associates receive feedback?
Summer associates receive feedback through several different methods. We encourage our attorneys to provide feedback directly to summer associates while they are working on a project together. Summer associates are also encouraged to seek feedback directly from the assigning attorney. Summer associates also can ask their mentor or our Recruiting Coordinator to solicit an assessment of their work.
At the end of a summer associate’s tenure, our Recruiting Committee will solicit more formal assessments. Attorneys are asked to consider a summer associate based on, among other aspects, the quality of their work product, leadership capabilities, judgment, and decision-making skills. A member of the Recruiting Committee will relay the results of this assessment to a summer associate during an exit interview. Future hiring decisions regarding summer associates are made shortly after the conclusion of the summer program.
How are permanent offer decisions made?
When making decisions for permanent hires, our Recruiting Committee will review a candidate’s application materials and interview evaluations. If the Recruiting Committee agrees to make an offer of employment, their recommendation will be passed on to the Management Committee. The Management Committee will then discuss the candidate and take the Recruiting Committee’s recommendation under advisement. If the Management Committee agrees with the Recruiting Committee’s decision for hire, it will then make a recommendation to the full partnership for a vote.
How do I submit my application for the Summer Program?
We invite you to submit your cover letter, transcript and resume to Gail Cutter, our Recruiting Director, via the online application system.