Summer Associates Vedder Careers
Our Summer Associate Program is our most valuable source of new associates, and we work hard to help make it an experience that translates into your future success as an associate here.
As a summer associate, you can expect to be integrated quickly into our operations—through substantive work assignments, observation opportunities and training sessions tailored to our practice areas. We pay careful attention to your progress. Through our Summer Associate Advisor Program, you will work with an assigned advisor who provides practical advice and guidance related to practicing law and dealing with general, work-related issues. During your tenure as a summer associate, there will be two formal review sessions, one at the mid-point of the program and the other at the completion of the program, incorporating written attorney feedback regarding each completed project. Our social events calendar includes a variety of activities, ranging from office-wide events to small-group outings planned by associates, ensuring there are plenty of opportunities to get you out of the office and enjoying your summer.
Please see our #VPSummer20 posts on LinkedIn to learn more about this year’s program.
Check out our firm profile in Chambers Associate 2020.
“Vedder Price’s summer associate program is dedicated to training and developing its future first-year associates. As with any summer associate program, you will have a fun time socializing and getting to know the firm’s attorneys and administrative staff. However, what sets Vedder apart is the firm’s willingness to entrust summer associates with substantive work which will be relied upon. For example, I was invited to attend a litigation management meeting with a high-profile client. Meeting this client in person and hearing the shareholder brief the client on the research I had provided made the long hours spent on the project all the more worth it. Over the course of the summer, I learned first-hand about actively listening to our clients’ goals and respectfully managing expectations by pointing out risks or pushing back as needed.”— Aaron Bauer, 2019 Summer Associate, UCLA School of Law, Class of 2020
2021 Summer Associate Program
Hiring for our 2021 Summer Associate Program will begin shortly. Please see our Winter 2020/2021 Law School Recruitment Schedule for 2L law student recruitment here. Please note write-in applications will not be accepted at this time. Application materials for our 1L Diversity Scholarship are now available. For additional information, please contact Elise Rippe or Pamela Masters, Managers of Legal Recruiting.
“The summer associate program at Vedder Price is brilliantly designed to give law students a true sense of what it is like to be a practicing attorney at the firm. Vedder places a strong emphasis on allowing summer associates to develop their professional legal skills experientially, where summer associates are often trusted to take on challenging assignments that are typically assigned to full-time associates. At the same time, the attorneys at the firm – both shareholders and associates – are extremely approachable and frequently encourage us to seek help or guidance when needed. Striking the perfect balance between work and social events, the summer associate program included a number of events each week that allowed me to further bolster both professional and personal relationships with the attorneys at the firm. I was confident that Vedder was a perfect fit for me by summer’s end and I was thrilled to return after law school.”
— Zackary Theo, 2019 Summer Associate, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Class of 2020