Columbus Summer Program

I was surprised by the significance of the projects I had the opportunity to work on. The first week I was at the firm, I helped draft a motion for summary judgement. By the end of the summer I experienced projects within each practice group. Projects ranged from researching discrete legal issues to attending client meetings and depositions. It was particularly valuable to be able to research a topic and then have the opportunity to attend a client meeting where the research was presented.

Through weekly practice group luncheons, feedback on projects, and workshops, I received valuable training. The summer program is filled with opportunities, whether it is developing research and writing skills or learning from incredible attorneys.

 - Gretchen Jewell, 2016 Columbus Summer Associate

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. 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 legal meetings and events. Our summer associates often attend conferences, practice group meetings, depositions, trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, business transactions, negotiations, and closings.

The summer calendar also includes weekly informational and training opportunities including weekly luncheons with partners who discuss their individual practices and provide training and valuable information on various topics, a tour of the City Attorney’s office, and the opportunity to meet with a judge and watch court proceedings.

Our commitment to integrating law students into our firm through mentoring, training and work allocation provides summer associates with a full and interesting summer. Our emphasis on a collaborative atmosphere is evident in our summer associate orientation highlighting the history and culture of our firm, firm organization and finances, expectations and practice management tips, timekeeping, and legal research and writing. The summer associate mentoring program matches each summer associate with mentors who assist in his or her development and enhance the summer experience. Summer associates are advised of their progress on a regular basis and are given two formal feedback sessions—one at midsummer and the other at the conclusion of the summer. A formal writing program led by a litigation partner provides in-depth writing training at the beginning of the summer and feedback on written project assignments throughout the summer.

Work assignments are distributed by a work assignment coordinator who helps summer associates maintain a balance of work flow. Summer associates also receive work assignments from lawyers throughout the summer in the same manner our associates receive their projects.

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 casual interaction among our summer associates and lawyers. Recent events included a summer “Crab Fest,” events in the firm’s luxury suite at Nationwide Arena; home of the National Hockey League’s Blue Jackets, an afternoon at the Memorial Golf Tournament – a favorite stop for the PGA Tour, Columbus Crew soccer game, “Zoofari” at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a summer party at the home of a litigation partner, an outing at the Columbus Clippers baseball game (AAA farm team to the Cleveland Indians), and participation in the firm’s softball league. Casual lunches, happy hour get-togethers and impromptu outings with our lawyers are also a popular and integral part of the summer program.

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 who will enjoy their colleagues and their work.

  Recruiting Contact  

Whitney O’Malley
Recruiting Coordinator

womalley@bakerlaw.com