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 candidates can expect to meet with up to 12 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 Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process and is committed to providing an open, fair and flexible recruitment process for all law student candidates. Offers made to law students will remain open for a minimum of 14 days following the date of the offer letter. Shook encourages open communication regarding circumstances where a law student may need additional time to consider their offer.
What is the length of the summer program?
The summer program at Shook is a ten-week program which begins in mid-May and ends in late July.
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.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Please contact Colleen Liesmann, Director of Legal Recruiting, at cliesmann shb.com or 816-474-6550.