Work Assignments
Summer associates in Chicago will rotate through the six departments, and in our outlying offices will work with attorneys in the departments. Work coordinators who practice in the particular department oversee the assignments, which are substantive and often requiring a client ready product. The attorney assigning work is asked to complete an evaluation, so meaningful feedback can be provided consistently throughout the summer.

Summer associates will also have summer mentors who will guide them through firm life by introducing them to attorneys and answering questions they may have throughout the program.

The summer associates will attend reviews throughout the summer where the Hiring Partner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the practice group work coordinator, and their mentor discuss the evaluations they received from their assigning attorneys. We believe this feedback during the summer is important in tracking the summer associates’ progress, addressing their expectations of the firm, and ensuring the summer associate is having a rewarding experience.

The majority of training with respect to the summer program is hands-on. Throughout the summer, however, the summer associates will attend a number of lunches hosted by firm attorneys. For example, one of our Labor & Employment partners discusses “Common Sense in the Workplace,” and gives an overview of the professional conduct expected by any employer.

Additionally, the summer associates are invited to attend all Hinshaw University internal professional development courses, along with the attorneys who attend for CLE credit. Further, the summer associates are invited to attend practice group meetings, so they can learn more about each of the practice areas and the attorneys who work in them.

Social Events
Our summer associates attend lunches and after work functions with our partners and associates throughout the summer. We provide many opportunities for the summers to get to know their colleagues in their own office, as well as those in other firm offices, and in other firms. Some of the social events the summer associates have attended are baseball games in the firm’s suite, and a sailing challenge on Lake Michigan hosted by the Chicago Match Race Center, where they compete against summer associates at other firms.