Imagine the type of environment where you want to start your law career. Maybe you would love a place that operates on creativity and collaboration – a place where you can get hands-on experience with real clients while working across a broad range of practice areas. And maybe you picture a place that will help you grow as a lawyer beyond the office doors. We’re committed to helping our attorneys grow through professional development opportunities and the Team Taft mentality that’s engrained in our culture.
Many of our associates began their careers through the summer associate program at Taft. Taft attorneys share how the summer associate program helped shape their current practices at Taft:
“Prior to joining Taft as an associate, I spent two summers in the summer associate program. My summers were filled with a variety of memorable experiences that made the decision to start my legal career at Taft an easy one. Aside from having the opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience through projects and attending client meetings, hearings, and depositions — what I enjoyed most about the program was the mentorship I received from an array of attorneys at Taft. I gained a deeper understanding of the wide variety of practice areas within the firm and just how diverse or niche one attorney can grow their own practice.
Through the relationships I developed with attorneys, I received first-hand advice on how to approach a project, leverage the firm’s resources, develop my network, grow my practice, and ultimately — how to succeed as an associate at Taft. I observed and experienced the firm’s collaborative and supportive environment and quickly learned this environment would be conducive to my overall growth and development as a prosperous young attorney. Through the summer program, I grew a deep appreciation for the firm’s forward thinking and inclusive culture, and that’s when I knew — Taft was the place for me.”
– Kayla Moody-Grant, Litigation attorney
“Beginning my career at Taft as a summer associate taught me that a legal career involves two forms of advocacy: 1). advocating for your clients and 2). advocating for yourself in your career. I relished the variety of practice areas that Taft offers and aimed to gain experience with each group during the summer associate program. Though the summer associate program is structured, talking with many lawyers illustrated to me that your career path is in your hands, and you must speak up with your thoughts and pursue your goals within the larger structure. Self-advocacy and flexibility are two valuable skills I learned during the summer associate program.
Summer associates can expect to expand their legal knowledge and confidence during the program, but the intangibles gained are just as important a tool in helping design your career. After finding the common thread in a few practice areas, guidance from several Taft attorneys, and with some luck, I now have a diverse practice that fulfills my many interests. When you are finding your voice as a professional, make sure you look for a firm like Taft that listens.”
– Allison Smith Newsome, Health Care and Life Sciences/Intellectual Property attorney
Starting your career with Taft leads to a well-prepared future in a variety of ways. If you’re interested in joining our team, we encourage you to reach out to one of our recruiting contacts and learn more about our firm. This is a great place for you.