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Chapman’s Summer Associate Program hires summer associates with the most potential to become our future partners, which means that our summer associates are involved with substantive work, contributing to projects across various practice areas that include direct contact with clients and industry leaders.
Why Choose Chapman?
Nearly half of our partners started at Chapman as summer associates. In turn, our partners are dedicated to mentoring each class of summer associates, introducing them to a variety of practice areas and matters.
Mentoring at Chapman
Each summer associate is assigned an Associate Advisor, a Training Partner, and an Employment Committee liaison to provide:
- Feedback on each project they complete
- Two formal review sessions over the course of the program
- Ongoing informal reviews and guidance
- Career and practice area advice
Training at Chapman
Our Summer Associate Program is designed to expose students to the full range of our practice areas, which involves working alongside Training Partners on real deals with real clients and training in:
- Business communication
- Legal writing
- Legal technology platforms
- Negotiation skills
Summer Associate Events
While our events have temporarily gone virtual, we provide interactive opportunities for summer associates to engage with our attorneys and each other in meaningful ways beyond the workday. Examples of virtual programming from this past summer include:
- Wine & Cheese Tasting (virtual)
- Painting Class (virtual)
- Mixology Class (virtual)
- Cooking Class (virtual)
- Just Mercy Watch Party (virtual)
- Daily one-on-one coffee chats with Chapman attorneys (virtual)
Here's What Former Summer Associates Say
“I have worked in office environments before, but I have never experienced the camaraderie and support that I have experienced at Chapman this summer. Everything from Chapman events to outings to brief conversations with colleagues have shown me that Chapman has created a work environment that is unlike any other.”
“I was concerned that because I did not have a finance background that I would quickly fall behind or become disinterested with the subject matter. What happened this summer was quite the opposite! I have thoroughly enjoyed the projects I have worked on this summer, and I have often found myself wanting to keep learning so I can start to build the foundation for becoming a valuable asset to the firm.”
“I think Chapman is ahead of the curve in terms of adapting to the evolving legal market and is very well-managed.”
Apply or Visit Us On Campus
We encourage students who are academically successful, self-starting, intellectually curious, and enjoy working in teams to apply for our program online or meet us on campus. We encourage law students from all types of academic backgrounds to apply. Our program is designed to teach our summer associates about the financial services sector—prior knowledge of the financial industry is not required to be a successful summer associate at Chapman.
Visit Us On Campus
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus interviewing (OCI) at law schools around the country has moved to a winter timeline. We expect to participate in OCI at the following schools between December 2020–February 2021 and will announce the exact dates once known:
- Cook County Minority Job Fair
- DePaul University
- Howard University
- Indiana in Chicago Job Fair
- Lavender Law Career Fair
- Loyola University Chicago
- Northwestern University
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois
- University of Iowa
- University of Michigan
- University of Notre Dame
- Washington University
Compensation & Benefits
Chapman offers very competitive compensation and generous benefits. We support full-time, flex-time and alternative work policies, offer extended parental leave, provide access to backup child and elder care, and offer a tax gross up for health care benefits for same-sex couples. Additionally, we encourage our attorneys to become active participants in bar associations and other professional associations by paying dues and related costs for an organization of their choice. Chapman also pays a stipend to incoming first-year associates who are studying for the bar exam and fully reimburses the cost of bar registration and related expenses.
Chapman Diversity Scholarship
Each year, 2L law students are invited to apply for the Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship, established to support a second-year law student who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, is named for the late Maynard Jackson, the first African American Mayor of Atlanta and a public finance partner at Chapman (1982–1990). The application for the fourth annual Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship will be made available during the winter of 2020.