NEWS: National Law Journal Ranks
NEWS: Lindquist & Vennum Ranks #1
among Minnesota Firms for
Mid-Level Associate Satisfaction
(Read press release)
Lindquist Top Firm in Minnesota for Women Equity Partnership (Read announcement)
Mark Dietzen, Chair of Lindquist & Vennum's Recruiting Committee, quoted in a April 2013 Minnesota Lawyer
story on summer associate recruiting. (PDF)
Lindquist & Vennum's Summer Associate Program,
offered in our Minneapolis office,
is intentionally small—five to seven students—
but is an integral part of our hiring process.
To ensure summer associate exposure to various legal matters, during the first half of the summer we assign work from many of the firm's practice areas. During the second half of the program, summer associates solicit projects on their own, just as associates do.
Summer associates are encouraged to attend depositions, motion hearings, trials, negotiating sessions, client meetings and closings.
We attempt to give each summer associate as much feedback as possible. The summer associate receives an oral evaluation and a written evaluation on each project. These evaluations are discussed with the summer associate during two formal performance evaluations.
Because a lawyer's ability to communicate through writing is crucial to success in the practice of law, we offer a writing program. Each associate is assigned a writing program mentor. Three initial writing assignments are critiqued for organizational abilities, style and composition.
Involvement with assignments and meetings does not preclude social activities which include both cultural and sporting events. Two associate mentors help acquaint each summer associate with other members of the firm and with the Twin Cities.
The Summer Associate Experience, In Their Own Words
||“I chose Lindquist because of a gut feeling that the firm fit my personality and a strong initial impression regarding the caliber of the firm and its attorneys. The summer experience reaffirmed my impressions, as Lindquist offered sophisticated work for great clients and a collegial atmosphere. I was exposed to a variety of meaningful projects this summer, many of which I specifically pursued. In connection with my work, I participated in several legal proceedings, including client meetings, motion hearings, and a mediation. The people with whom I worked were exceptional. Those who own, operate, and work for Lindquist genuinely enjoy their work, and they are responsible for a special culture which pervades the firm. I was continually impressed with the humility and willingness to help of such accomplished and impressive attorneys.” |
Sean Traynor, New York University School of Law
||"I had a fantastic experience working at Lindquist & Vennum as a Summer Associate. Everything about the firm – the people, the work, the culture – was what I hoped it would be, and I couldn’t be happier to have chosen L&V as the place to start my legal career. Throughout the summer, I had the opportunity to work with associates and partners from various practice groups on a wide array of projects. I worked on everything from researching contract, tax, employment, and marriage legal issues to drafting memorandums of law in connection with on-going litigation cases. While completing my work, whether I was reporting back to a junior associate or a senior partner, I was given helpful feedback and accurate constructive criticism. If I was unsure about how to proceed with a project I was working on, I never felt like I couldn’t ask the assigning attorney questions to clarify my misunderstanding. The attorneys at Lindquist are genuinely interested in seeing their colleagues succeed, and this interest extends to Summer Associates. All-in-all, I couldn’t imagine a better place to practice law and build my skills as an attorney."|
Craig Armstrong, University of California Berkeley School of Law
||“My experience at Lindquist this summer could not have been better. I was impressed by the talent, passion, and kindness of every attorney I worked with and the level of trust that was placed in me to complete high-stakes projects. Throughout the summer I was exposed to multiple practice groups, great observation opportunities, and even had the chance to counsel four different pro bono clients on criminal expungement and probate matters. There was never an instance where I felt I could not approach someone to ask a question or bounce ideas off of, and the relaxed atmosphere of the office made my day-to-day experience very enjoyable. In short, the summer program at L&V is exceptional and I feel extremely fortunate for having been part of it."|
Jennifer Warfield, University of Minnesota Law School
||“I had the opportunity to spend two summers at Lindquist & Vennum. During both summers, the firm’s commitment to the program was evident. I received constant feedback and worked on challenging projects. I was able to meet with clients, appear in court, and work with both partners and associates. The attorneys I met truly cared about my success and all acted as mentors to me in one way or another. I could not have asked for a better experience.”|
Kara Gray, William Mitchell College of Law
||“My experience as a Summer Associate at Lindquist & Vennum far exceeded my expectations. The work I received during the course of the summer was much more interesting, and my involvement was at a higher level, than I had anticipated. Through each project, I increased my knowledge of different areas of the law, which allowed me to better understand my skills and preferences. The partners and associates are genuinely interest in helping the Summer Associates develop into integral members of the firm. I was provided with personal, detailed, and thoughtful feedback after every assignment. This guidance, in combination with the challenging work I was given, have prepared me to enter the legal profession with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed as a young associate.”|
Alison Kadrmas, University of St. Thomas School of Law
In the News
Our 2011 summer associate program was featured in the August 2011 Minnesota Lawyer article "Shifting dynamics for summer associates." Read it here.
FAQs About our Summer Associate Program
American Lawyer Media: The 2011 Midlevel Associate Survey (PDF)
American Lawyer Media: The 2010 Summer Associate Survey (PDF)
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