1. What makes Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s summer program so great?
This isn’t just our opinion! The Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Summer Program was recognized by The American Lawyer as one of the top programs in Philadelphia and among the top tier of summer programs in the country. Our Summer Program is wonderful because we provide a multidimensional summer experience that introduces students to the Firm’s culture, clients, and attorneys. Our social events allow students to rub elbows with our prestigious alumni and clients, our real world work experience provides the chance to sit at counsel’s table with our attorneys, and our training provides the opportunity to hone the legal skills you have started to build in law school. Students leave the program with a breadth of experience, training, and an established professional network.
2. How do I begin the process of becoming a summer associate at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr?
Students at schools where we participate in on-campus interviews should submit their materials through their career planning offices. Other students may submit their resumes and transcripts via email or postal mail to Meri Kahan, Manager of Recruitment. Typically we begin to accept resumes for our Summer Program in July for the following summer.
3. Do you allow split summers?
4. What do you look for in a Summer Associate?
We seek highly motivated individuals with strong academic performance, demonstrated leadership, excellent communication skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and ties to the office of interest.
5. Do you hire 1Ls for the Summer Program?
We hire 1Ls through the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group Program.
6. Will I have a mentor during the summer program?
Yes, you will actually be assigned to two different "mentors." One is a "social mentor" who will guide you through the day-to-day questions you might have about the office. The other is a “writing advisor” who will review your work product and help you to strengthen your writing skills throughout the summer.
7. What types of assignments will I receive?
Each office has a "Workflow Coordinator" who will work one-on-one with each Summer Associate to discuss the type of assignments in which you are interested. Typical assignments include legal research, motion practice, preparing exhibits, drafting contracts, prepare witness outlines, reviewing depositions, analyzing legal agreements, drafting memoranda, and much more. Summer Associates will also be asked to meet with clients, attend depositions, work on trial preparation, and participate in anything else that our attorneys might be working on during the summer.
8. Will I be rotated through the different practice groups during the summer?
No. The Firm doesn’t officially "rotate" you through groups. As mentioned above, each office has a Workflow Coordinator who works closely with each associate to understand their areas of interest. The Workflow Coordinator will then match up your areas of interest with the assignments that are available in your office and/or other offices.
9. How will I be evaluated during the summer?
You will be evaluated throughout the summer for each of your assignments and will also receive a formal mid-summer and exit evaluation.
10. Will I be able to work on pro bono matters during the summer?
Yes. The Firm is very supportive of pro bono.
11. What type of training will I receive during the summer program?
The Firm offers a series of workshops designed to complement the skills you are learning in law school, including bluebooking, brief writing, and negotiations/contract drafting, among others. In addition, throughout the summer you are encouraged to participate in the departmental training that our associates receive in any practice area that may be of interest to you.
12. How long is the summer program?
Our summer program will run 10 weeks.
13. What are Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s diversity recruitment efforts?
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is invested in diversity. The Firm has an active Diversity Committee which includes attorneys from offices and committees firmwide. Just a few of our other initiatives include the Firm’s annual "Diversity Retreat" to which all attorneys are invited; sponsorship of various affinity groups (including those for women and LGBT attorneys); and support of a variety of diversity efforts involving attorneys, alumni, clients, law schools, and our communities. In fact, the Black Law Students Association at the University of Maryland School of Law just awarded Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr the "Law Firm Diversity Award" in recognition of our recruitment and retention efforts in connection with diverse attorneys. If you would like additional information about our diversity efforts, we encourage you to speak with us directly!
14. What is the dress code?
The Firm is business casual.
15. What types of social events does Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr have during the summer?
The Firm offers a wide range of social activities designed to introduce students to our attorneys across all offices, each other, and our clients. In the past, events have included:
All Attorney (Firmwide) Dinner
Dinners at Partners’ Homes
….and many more!