Columbus Summer Program

"As a summer associate awarded the Paul White Scholarship as a 1L and the Diversity Fellowship as a 2L, BakerHostetler has given me more opportunities than I ever could have imagined.

I have had the opportunity to work in-house for clients and I have also attended BakerHostetler’s firmwide Diversity Conference, allowing me to meet attorneys from all our offices.

I chose to work at BakerHostetler not only because of its nationwide reputation but because of the friendly and welcoming culture of the Columbus office. Everyone has always made time to chat with me, answer questions or simply give me advice on succeeding in a legal career."

- Dinu Godage, 2018 and 2019 Summer Associate, The Ohio State University

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.


(L to R): Scott Bent, Kate Johnston, Joey Guilkey, Jessica Greenberg, Erika Prouty, Hayden Hanson, Jon Mitchell, Dustin Lorenzo, Ryan Cates and Damon Durbin

  Recruiting Contact  

Whitney O’Malley
Recruiting Coordinator

womalley@bakerlaw.com