What We OfferEngaging work and supportive mentors make Faegre Drinker an ideal first – and hopefully last – place for law students to work. Beginning with our summer associate program, we provide support and training to help law students and new lawyers build the skills and behaviors to grow a sophisticated legal practice and develop rewarding client relationships.
Who We’re SeekingLaw students who have strong academic records, entrepreneurial spirits, diverse perspectives and collaborative mindsets will find opportunities to succeed and eventually develop into successful partners or long-term contributors with national reputations.
How You’ll GrowSummer associates receive a hands-on, meaningful experience. We encourage your growth with challenging work, intensive professional development programs, personalized mentoring and coaching, and respectful yet candid feedback. You’ll be able to participate in pro bono work and connect with peers and our lawyers throughout the summer.
When and Where to Join Us
Our 10-week program begins in mid-May and is available in many of our U.S. offices. Programs include our Chicago, Des Moines, Denver, Florham Park, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. offices.
Jumpstarting Your PracticeNew associates participate in a firmwide orientation program to integrate into the firm and understand law firm life. In addition to covering benefits and technology, we hold interactive programs and panel discussions on topics such as the basics of lawyering and working with support professionals, so you can hit the ground running.
Building Your CareerWe provide training on topics critical to success in today’s legal environment, including:
- Practice and technical skill proficiency
- Development of behavioral competencies
- Understanding the business of operating a law firm
- Business development
- Client service
Mentoring for SuccessWe connect each associate with an advisor who focuses on career development and planning. Associates actively participate in their career planning by communicating practice goals and objectives. By collaborating closely with senior lawyers on legal work, associates experience valuable coaching.
Growing Through FeedbackAssociates receive ongoing feedback from supervising lawyers so they can continually improve. Through our formal evaluation process, new lawyers are evaluated mid-year during their first year, and all lawyers are reviewed annually. Evaluations include a self-assessment, individual and group evaluations, and an in-person evaluation meeting with the lawyer's practice group.
Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships
EligibilityTo be eligible for the Faegre Drinker Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship, applicants must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school and be interested in a summer associate position in our Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis or Minneapolis office. In addition, applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Summer ClerkshipFellowship recipients will be summer associates in one of our U.S. offices between their second and third years of law school. Upon conclusion of the summer program, Fellowship recipients are eligible to be considered for an offer of full-time employment as an associate upon graduation from law school.
Financial AwardFellowship recipients will receive a $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of their summer associate position.
MentoringFellowship recipients will be matched with a mentor, a Faegre Drinker lawyer, at the time the Fellowship is awarded. The mentor will offer guidance to the student and help with his or her integration into the firm and community upon arrival in the summer.