Summer Associate Experience
Our summer associate program is integral to the growth of the firm as it is our principle method of recruiting new attorneys. We aim to provide summer associates with meaningful experience and, most importantly, a true sense of the practices and personality that make up Frilot L.L.C. In return, the summer program gives us an opportunity to evaluate each summer associates work product, work ethic and overall fit with the firm.
It is imiportant to us to provide a collegial and challenging learning environment where our associates can discover and develop their abilities and interests. We think that the best way to achieve this objective during the summer program is for summer associates to jump in with both feet and experience all the firm has to offer.
The structure of the summer program provides summer associates with the freedom to explore the firm’s various practice areas. While we see that summer associates receive significant experience in their specified areas of interest, we encourage them to gain exposure to a variety of practice areas and to work closely with many different attorneys. We have found summer associates often discover an interest in an area of law that they knew little or nothing about before receiving work assignments or having meaningful interactions with attorneys in that area.
Our summer associate program starts in the middle of May and ends in July. Participants are required to work for six consecutive weeks within this time period.
We only offer a 2L program at this time and do not consider first year law students for our summer associate program.
We pair each summer associate with two mentors who offer guidance and support throughout the summer. Mentors include younger associates who practice in an area of particular interest to the summer associate, along with senior partners who provide insight about the firm's overall structure and management style. Both mentors act as a source of information on all aspects of the summer program and the firm.
We aim to give summer associates a well-rounded and realistic sense of our practice, our approach, and our people. Summer associates work on challenging projects that would otherwise be handled by our junior associates. Throughout the course of the summer you will assist firm members in responding to clients’ needs and problems by researching and analyzing significant legal issues; drafting pleadings and memoranda; and assisting attorneys in their preparation for depositions and trials. The Recruiting Coordinator, along with your assigned mentors, monitor your workload to ensure you they receive a range of work and are always challenged and never overwhelmed.
The summer experience also includes opportunities to observe good lawyers in action. in depositions, mediations, client meetings and court hearing and trials. With many of the courts in walking distance from the office, summer associates at Frilot have frequent opportunities to expand their summer experience by attending depositions, mediations, client meetings, cour hearings and trials. Summer associates leave our program with not only meaningful experience but also a stronger sense of confidence in their ability within the practice of law.
To accurately gain a sense of all aspects of your potential future colleagues, social events are scheduled for summer associates to interact with attorneys and their families in informal settings and to show them another reason why we enjoy working with one another. While many events are planned, impromptu lunches, golf outings and after-work get-togethers also fill the summer schedule. These experiences help everyone relax, build camaraderie and ensure that the Frilot summer experience is memorable.
We carefully select our summer associates and strive to hire law students in anticipation of upcoming needs for entry-level attorneys. Currently, we take part in on-campus interviews at law schools in the region, and we also activel recruit law students from other schools across the country and encourage qualified 2L students to send us their resume. While a strong academic record is very important, we also seek individuals possessing a strong work ethic, proficient writing and communication skills and an adaptive and approachable personality.
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 3700
New Orleans, Louisiana 70163
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