Columbus Summer Program

"Why BakerHostetler? I would say the people. During my time in the military, I realized that who you work with is just as important as the job you’re doing, and whether it was a good assignment or bad assignment, who you work with makes all the difference in the world. At BakerHostetler, you really get the impression that everyone you work with really likes who they work with."

- Jason Allen, Capital University Law School

The Columbus summer associate program is designed to give law students a realistic look into our practice and exposure to our greatest asset—our people. “Everyone has a very positive attitude,” noted a recent summer associate. Summer associates in the Columbus office are given the opportunity to learn what associate life is like through day-to-day work on interesting matters for actual clients and by attending out-of-office meetings and events. “The firm does a great job of giving you a realistic perspective on what to expect as a new associate,” stated a recent summer associate.

Learning Opportunities

The summer calendar includes learning opportunities such as instruction on practice management and expectations of summer associates, and weekly luncheons with lawyers from each practice group who discuss their individual practices, backgrounds and experiences. A recent summer associate commented: “The exposure to the many practice groups was an excellent strength of the program.” Summer associates often accompany lawyers to a variety of client-related events. Below are some past valuable experiences provided to our summer associates.

  • Trials
  • Arbitrations
  • Negotiations
  • Depositions
  • Client Meetings & Calls
  • Board Meetings
  • Real Estate Closings
  • Tour of City Attorney’s Office
  • Tour of Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Attendance at court proceedings and lunch with a judge
  • Pro Bono initiatives for the Tenant Advocacy Project & YWCA Family Center Legal Clinic
  • Practice Group Meetings & Trainings


The mentoring program matches each summer associate with mentors who assist in his or her development, help them acclimate to the office, and provide guidance in prioritizing and balancing work assignments. Summer associates are advised of their progress on a regular basis and are given formal feedback sessions. A past summer associate commented about his mentor: “He did a great job of helping me manage my projects and workload.”

Work Assignments

Summer associates work directly with assigning attorneys from the various practice groups and are not limited to any type of work or practice area. One summer associate noted: “I was able to work on a wide range of assignments from different practice groups.” Summer associates in previous years completed the following projects:

  • Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Preliminary injunction appeal
  • Research & preparation for oral argument
  • Expert witness data preparation
  • Motion to compel and protective orders
  • Temporary restraining order
  • Amendment to group operating agreement
  • Attend arbitration & take notes
  • Immigration discrimination laws

Social Events

The Columbus office believes an important part of job satisfaction is developing positive relationships at work. Social events are planned throughout the summer to encourage interaction among our summer associates and lawyers. In addition to happy hours, casual lunches and impromptu gatherings, past events have included:

  • Events in the firm’s luxury suite at Nationwide Arena
  • “Zoofari” at Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Afternoon at the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin
  • Private tour of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Summer “Crab Fest” at a partner’s home
  • Family outing at a Columbus Crew soccer game
  • Wine & Paint night
  • Evening at Topgolf
  • Private cooking classes


The Columbus office plans to hire 3-4 summer associates including 1 first-year student. To apply, please email your cover letter, resume and law school transcript to

Recruiting Contact

Jeanie Adducchio