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Summer Associate Program

Our program is designed to stimulate and educate our summer associates during their time at Caplin & Drysdale. In addition to general firm orientation, summer associates are encouraged to attend various training and educational seminars throughout the program. When you spend a summer with us, you will be given a wide variety of assignments designed to enhance your skills and stimulate your intellect. In addition, you are given continuous guidance and feedback throughout the summer. You will be treated as if you are already a full-time associate at our firm. Your assignments and our high expectations for your performance will introduce you to the work of our full-time associates and the standards by which that work is evaluated. From the moment you walk in our doors, you will be working hand-in-hand with our attorneys, including members, on complex research projects and will actively participate in drafting memoranda and other client communications, attending depositions, meeting with clients and assisting in the many other tasks our attorneys address in their day-to-day practice. Our goal is to give you a realistic view into our world and to help develop successful attorneys who will return to our firm and add long-term value. Should you choose to start your legal career with us, your experience as a summer associate will have given you a valuable introduction to the high standards of professionalism and legal analysis Caplin & Drysdale expects of all its attorneys, as well as our collegial, supportive culture.

We permit summer associates to split their summers with other firms or public interest organizations; however, we do prefer that students spend at least six weeks in our program. As summer associates at Caplin & Drysdale, students have the option of working in our complex litigation group, or within our various tax groups. Unless there is a specific area of interest in tax, most summer tax associates will be given assignments from each of our tax departments. Each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor and a member mentor prior to his or her arrival. The mentors are responsible for continuously monitoring the summer associate's progress and to provide feedback during the summer associate reviews.

It's not all business at Caplin & Drysdale - we like to have fun too! We have a full calendar of social events and community projects for our summer associates and their significant others. Our events encourage relationship building and allow our summer associates and their families to get to know the firm, our team and our city. A few of our most popular social events include participating in Buildable Hours, a Segway tour and various dinners and parties at associate and member's homes.

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