Summer in the City
Our summer program lets you know what life at Patterson Belknap will be like. We provide associate-level work. We include summer associates in varied facets of our matters, whether client meetings, transaction closings, depositions or court appearances. Our goal is to give summer associates the opportunity to demonstrate what we expect from all our attorneys—a commitment to legal excellence and a willingness to take on responsibility for representing our clients' interests.
This year, the firm has 9 summer associates. We purposefully aim for a modest-sized summer class. This not only is consistent with our strategy of carefully managed growth, but it also ensures each summer associate will receive meaningful experience and one-on-one attention.
Upon arrival at the firm, each summer associate is assigned associate and partner mentors who are there to provide guidance and answer questions. Along with the day-to-day training that comes with working on substantive matters for clients, the summer program includes several training luncheons and programs. Summer associates discuss their interests with the assignment partner, and assignments are matched with the summer associates' interests. We encourage our summer associates to take assignments from as many (or as few) practice areas as interest them.
In addition to professional opportunities, we offer our summer associates a variety of social activities. They often are the best way to meet attorneys and staff in an informal setting. Our summer events include:
• Mentor/Mentee Cooking Class
• Chelsea Market Tour
• Firm Outing
• Schooner Sail
• Shakespeare in the Park
• Reception at Partner's Home
• Baseball Outings (Mets & Yankees)
• Welcome and Farewell Teas