How do I apply for a summer associate position?

We participate in on-campus interview at many law schools and job fairs across the country (see On-Campus Recruiting for a list of law schools and job fairs we attend).  If your school is not represented on our list of on-campus interviews, please submit your cover letter, resume, and law school transcript through our Current Openings.

What materials should I submit to be considered for a summer associate position?

Shook requires that you submit a resume and law school transcript.  The submission of a writing sample is optional but may be requested.  Make sure that the contact information is current, including your present phone number and e-mail address.

How does the callback interview process work?

We contact candidates soon after their on-campus interview to schedule their callback interview.  The callback interviews typically begin in the morning and end with lunch, which will take approximately a half-day.  The lunch provides candidates with an opportunity to relax and spend quality time with Shook attorneys.  Each interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and candidate can expect to meet with up to twelve attorneys from various practice groups.

How long will it be before I hear from Shook?

The Search Committee makes every effort to contact candidates soon after the callback interview.  This committee meets on a regular basis during fall recruiting, so the waiting time is usually minimal.

How long will I have to respond to my offer?

Shook adheres to the NALP offer guidelines extended to law students for summer and post-graduation positions.  Pursuant to the rules, offers to summer associate candidates will remain open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first.

What is the length of the summer program?

Most of our offices have a ten week program and begin in mid-May and end in late July.  Our Houston office program is six weeks long and begins in mid-May and ends in late June.

Can I split my summer with another firm?

Splitting summers is permissible for summer associates who were previously employed at the firm as a 1L summer associate.  Previously employed summer associates may spend either the first half or the second half of the summer at Shook.  We do require, however, that they spend a minimum of five weeks with us.  Our Houston office program is six weeks long, so summer associates for our Houston office are required to spend the first six weeks of the summer with us.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact Colleen Liesmann, Director of Legal Recruiting, at or 816-474-6550.