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:
“As a summer associate, I was able to learn about different practice areas and groups at Taft, which helped me decide the practice area I would like to pursue after graduation. Through the summer associate program, I gained first-hand, real-life experience through assignments in litigation, environmental law, business, finance, and more. These experiences, as well as Taft’s mentorship program, gave me valuable insights on what area of law I wanted to pursue in my career.”
– Ying Zhu, Business 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, 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.