Our approach to the summer experience at Nutter is to provide our summer associates with as complete and accurate a view of the firm and our practice as possible. Summer associates divide their ten weeks between two departments. For those who desire exposure to other areas, assignment coordinators endeavor to provide them with projects tailored to their individual interests. Each summer associate receives two formal reviews, one at mid-summer and the other at the end of the program. These reviews are intended to provide the summer associate with guidance and are based upon written evaluations by supervising attorneys. Throughout the summer, we expect attorneys to provide individual, ongoing, informal feedback to summer associates, and encourage summer associates to solicit feedback directly from attorneys. Each summer associate is assigned mentors, from each department to which he or she is assigned. By the end of the program, our goal is for summer associates to have a thorough understanding of our client-base and the work environment they will encounter as full-time associates.
Summer associates participate in weekly lunch programs that focus on specific practice areas and departments in the firm. They also are encouraged to attend trials, depositions, closings, and negotiation sessions. Nutter has developed training programs and writing workshops to ensure each summer associate becomes well-rounded and gains the skills needed to succeed. Summer associates have had the opportunity to participate in a mock trial acting as jurors or characters while our litigation associates try the case. Summer associates have also had the opportunity to take part in a Deposition Skills Training Program. For the upcoming summer we will be rolling out a new corporate program called “Mock Deal Training” where classes will be held weekly through the summer. In addition to the core curriculum, each department also offers supplementary seminars, trainings, and regular luncheons. There is also programming that targets core skills training in the areas of effective communication, leadership, business development, case/deal management, and legal research.
In addition, summer associates participate in pro bono programs, including the representation of pro bono claimants at unemployment benefits hearings at the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance.
Each summer, our summer associates participate in a project developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association (MALRA) and the Greater Boston Food Bank, allowing them the opportunity to help their community by sorting and packing food for those in need.
We schedule social events throughout the summer as an opportunity for summer associates to get acquainted with the firm’s lawyers outside of the work environment. Events include a variety of receptions and dinners, as well as sporting and cultural activities.
If you are interested in joining our 2014 summer program, please use our Application