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Summer Associates

Summer Associates

Although McCormick Barstow is organized into three practice groups, Summer Associates are not assigned to a particular practice group for the summer. Instead, assignments are solicited from each of the practice groups and are distributed equally among the Summer Associates. This process ensures that each Summer Associate is able to work with as many attorneys as possible and experience a variety of assignments from different practice areas while maintaining a manageable workload.

During the Summer Program, our Summer Associates are given a considerable amount of responsibility. Accordingly, we feel the need to provide our Summer Associate with the type of assignments normally provided to junior associates. Summer Associates draft motions, complaints, answers, and discovery; assist in trial preparation; draft jury instructions and briefs; in addition to conducting legal research. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the work as opposed to the quantity. We also encourage our attorneys to allow Summer Associates to attend hearings, trials, depositions and client meetings to see firsthand the results of their work.

While there is no strict minimum billable hour requirement for Summer Associates, we try to provide the Summer Associate with a realistic understanding of what it is like to be an associate at the Firm. As such, we expect our Summer Associates to put forward a good effort during the summer program, while maintaining a healthy balance with social events.

Summer Program Administration

The Fresno summer program is coordinated by the firm’s Hiring Partner, Ben Nicholson and DeAnn Alexander, our HR Specialist.  They are responsible, along with our Summer Associate Mentor Committee, for the day-to-day operation of the summer program in Fresno.

Summer Associate Assignments

Summer Associates in Fresno receive work assignments from all of our practice groups. These practice groups typically include: Litigation, Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Litigation, and Business, Tax and Estate Planning.

In addition, all Fresno Summer Associates are encouraged to take on pro bono assignments during their summer clerkship. We believe this provides a unique opportunity for summer associates, while enhancing McCormick Barstow’s existing commitment to pro bono work.

Summer Social Activities

The Recruiting Team organizes social activities throughout the summer for our summer associates and lawyers. Summer associates are also frequently invited to enjoy lunches, dinners, and other informal activities hosted by individual lawyers.

A few of our past social activities included:

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wine Tasting
  • Golf Tournament
  • Cooking School
  • Tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Backpacking
  • Bike Trip
  • Laser Tag
  • Bowling
  • Local Theater
  • Dinners at Partner’s Homes

Summer Associate Salary

Our 2021 Summer Associates will earn $1,700 per week.

Summer Housing

We provide Summer Associates with various resources to assist them in obtaining summer housing.

Applying For A Summer Associate Position

If you are interested in a Summer Associate position, please contact our Hiring Partner, Ben Nicholson or HR Specialist, DeAnn Alexander.

Thank you for your interest in the Fresno office of McCormick Barstow.

Summer Associate Training & Professional Development

Our Summer Program is an invaluable learning opportunity for our future lawyers. You will be challenged in new and exciting ways while receiving the guidance and support you will need to perform and excel.

All Summer Associates participate in orientation and training during their first week at the firm. In addition, all Summer Associates are encouraged to attend various associate trianing programs, practice group meetings, as well as weekly “lunch & learns” on a variety of topics. You will also have the unique opportunity to meet a few of our local Fresno Justices and get a personal tour of the different courthouses.

Most importantly, our summer associates receive hands-on training by working closely with our lawyers on client matters, as well as observing closings, hearings, client meetings, negotiation sessions, depositions and trials, whenever possible.

Summer Associate Mentoring

McCormick Barstow takes a committee approach to mentoring the Summer Associates. The committee is comprised of 7-8 people including Partners, Associates, Of Counsel and the Attorney Recruitment and Training Director. The summer mentors act as the Summer Associate’s liaisons, both socially and professionally, by facilitating introductions, providing guidance on work assignments, as well as acclimating them to the firm.

Summer Associate Evaluations & Feedback

McCormick Barstow considers feedback an important element of the summer experience. Summer Associates regularly receive formal and informal feedback from the lawyers with whom they work throughout the summer. Upon completion of an assignment, the Summer Associate will receive a copy of the evaluation completed by the assigning attorney so that the Summer Associate can review the feedback and incorporate the attorney’s comments into future work assignments.

Formal reviews are given midway through the summer program and again at the very end. During these reviews, Summer Associates meet with the Summer Program Administrator and Hiring Partner to discuss all of the individual evaluations and other general feedback the summer has received so far. These sessions provide Summer Associates the opportunity to not only receive, but to give feedback concerning performance and their overall experience working at the firm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF WEEKS THAT SUMMER ASSOCIATES WORK?
Summer associates generally arrive mid-May and work through early August.

ARE SUMMER ASSOCIATES ASSIGNED MENTORS?
Instead of individually assigning a mentor to each summer associate, we take a committee approach to mentoring. Our Summer Associate Mentor Committee is made up of several attorneys including a mix of partners and associates from different practice groups. Our mentors play a pivotal role in ensuring that each summer associate has the rewarding and inclusive experience the firm intends.

WHAT IS THE FIRM’S DRESS CODE?
Our dress code is business casual, unless circumstances (e.g., a court appearance or client meeting) require full business attire. Each summer associate represents the firm to its clients and visitors and should present a professional image at all times.

WHERE DO SUMMER ASSOCIATES TYPICALLY LIVE?
Summer associates typically live close to the office during the summer program. Before the summer program begins, summer associates are provided with a list of resources they can use to secure housing.

WHEN ARE OFFER DECISIONS MADE? 
Offer decisions are made a couple of weeks after the summer program ends.

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Although McCormick Barstow is organized into three practice groups, Summer Associates are not assigned to a particular practice group for the summer. Instead, assignments are solicited from each of the practice groups and are distributed equally among the Summer Associates. This process ensures that each Summer Associate is able to work with as many attorneys as possible and experience a variety of assignments from different practice areas while maintaining a manageable workload.

During the Summer Program, our Summer Associates are given a considerable amount of responsibility. Accordingly, we feel the need to provide our Summer Associate with the type of assignments normally provided to junior associates. Summer Associates draft motions, complaints, answers, and discovery; assist in trial preparation; draft jury instructions and briefs; in addition to conducting legal research. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the work as opposed to the quantity. We also encourage our attorneys to allow Summer Associates to attend hearings, trials, depositions and client meetings to see firsthand the results of their work.

While there is no strict minimum billable hour requirement for Summer Associates, we try to provide the Summer Associate with a realistic understanding of what it is like to be an associate at the Firm. As such, we expect our Summer Associates to put forward a good effort during the summer program, while maintaining a healthy balance with social events.

Summer Program Administration

The Las Vegas summer program is coordinated by the Hiring Partner, Ben Nicholson, the Chair of the Las Vegas office, and our HR Specialist, DeAnn Alexander.

Summer Associate Assignments

Summer associates in Las Vegas receive work assignments from all of our attorneys in the office. These practice groups typically include: Litigation and Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Litigation.

Summer Associate Salary

Our 2021 Summer Associates will earn $1,700 per week.

Applying For A Summer Associate Position

If you are interested in a summer associate position, please contact our Hiring Partner, Ben Nicholson or HR Specialist, DeAnn Alexander.

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