Cleveland Summer Program

"My favorite thing about BakerHostetler was if there was anything that I ever wanted to try, all I had to do was ask. All of the partners and associates that I contacted at the firm were willing to help me, to get on a call with me, to figure out how they could help me find the work that I wanted to try. Even though the program was abbreviated, and was on Zoom, people were always willing to be there for me and to give me everything that I needed to know about what I was going to do for the assignments."

– Sarah-Jane Lorenzo, University of Virginia School of Law

The Cleveland Summer Associate Program is 10 weeks long and typically starts around Memorial Day and ends in early August. During that period, we strive to provide a balance of substantive work assignments, training programs and exciting social events. Our summer class is comprised of predominantly second year law students who are at the top of their law school classes. Over the last several years, we’ve had summer associates from the following law schools: Harvard University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. Our expectation is that each summer associate will receive an offer to join the firm upon completion of law school.

Work assignments are coordinated by two attorneys familiar with the summer program. Assignments are distributed to summer associates based on their practice areas of interest, capacity, and timing of deadlines. This allows summer associates to explore different practice areas, which they can continue to do for their first two years if they join the firm as a full-time associate. Summer associates can expect to attend hearings, client meetings, depositions, closings, practice group breakfasts and luncheons.

We have an extensive writing program run by two experienced attorneys. A writing workshop is conducted at the beginning of our summer program and each summer associate will complete two 8-10 page memos that will be reviewed by the hiring committee. In addition, summer associates benefit from the following selected events: business and litigation training sessions by BakerHostetler partners, a course on law firm economics and advancement, a session on business development/networking, and lunch with the partners who oversee the practice groups in Cleveland, among other events.

Our summer program is filled with diverse and exciting social events. Social events provide an opportunity for summer associates to experience the firm's collegial atmosphere and meet lawyers in a relaxed, non-work setting and are key to helping maintain work/life balance. Past events include a dinner party at the home of the Cleveland office’s managing partner, concerts, a comedy club show, a Broadway musical at Playhouse Square, "Taste of Cleveland" neighborhood tour, skeet and trap shooting, Indians game from firm suite, golf outings, kayaking, a cooking class and weekly softball games against other law firms in Cleveland.

At BakerHostetler, our well-rounded summer program is designed to provide students with the training, experience and confidence necessary to begin the journey to become great lawyers. The Cleveland office plans to hire 4-6 summer associates for the 2021 Summer Associate Program. To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Kylie Karpel at

  Recruiting Contact  

Kylie Karpel
Recruiting Manager