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Work Assignments

Throughout the program, all summer associates will receive a wide variety of high quality assignments from multiple areas of practice within the firm. 

In Chicago, the Professional Development department will vet and oversee the assignments submitted by different practice groups, with assistance from designated Work Liaisons, to ensure that they are substantive and representative of associate work. At a project's completion, the assigning attorney is asked to complete an evaluation of the summer associate's performance and product so that ongoing meaningful and consistent feedback can be provided. In other offices, summer associates will work closely with different partners in their office on various assignments, with feedback provided throughout. 

Summer associates will be assigned a summer mentor who will guide them through firm life by introducing them to other attorneys and becoming a resource and support system throughout the summer associate experience. 

In Chicago, the summer associates will attend formal reviews at the midpoint and end of the program with the Hiring Partner, summer mentor and Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager, to discuss the evaluations and feedback received from 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. 

Training

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. 

Finally, summer associates are kept updated on opportunities to attend and observe court appearances, depositions, client meetings, transactions or deal closings, oral arguments, and even trials. 

Social Events

Our summer associates attend lunches and after work functions with our partners and associates throughout the summer. We also 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. In past summers we've attended local ball games in the firm suite, brewery tours and tastings, Jazz in the Park, and boat tours, just to name a few.