RUNNING A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER PROGRAM
To maintain what Gordon Arata considers special about our firm, we make a concerted effort to recruit law school students who share the values we believe are important. After all, many of our new associates are hired from our summer program. We give each summer associate a true picture of how Gordon Arata lawyers work together to serve our clients. We encourage our summer associates to "split" their summers and compare us with other firms, after they have spent at least six weeks with us in the first half of the summer. We're that confident that the way we practice law will appeal to the right kind of law student.
We select associates who demonstrate superior client service capabilities, who have the highest character and academic credentials, and who exhibit the ability to succeed professionally and personally. Most of our attorneys graduated in the top of their law school classes, served on law review or moot court boards or clerked for federal or supreme court judges. We look for similar characteristics in our summer associates.
Since most of our new hires come from our summer associate program, we work hard to expose our summer associates to all of our practice areas. Of course, we try to accommodate individual interests in particular practice areas. While our summer associates perform legal research and write legal memoranda and briefs, we also make sure they have opportunities to observe trials, hearings, conferences, depositions, closings and other real-life activities.
Lawyers at Gordon Arata enjoy socializing together as much as we enjoy working together. We share that aspect of our firm's culture with summer associates by hosting a variety of in-firm and outside social events. Each summer, we have regular in-firm Wednesday lunches, at which one of our attorneys provides some insight into the firm history, culture, practice areas or lifestyle. Every Friday, a rotating small group of lawyers take the summer associates for casual lunch outings. We also have parties at attorneys' homes and dinners at some of the finest New Orleans restaurants. You can also expect "after-work" drinks in the French Quarter. It's never planned—but it always happens.
Each summer associate is paired with both a member and an associate mentor to make the summer experience personally and professionally complete. The mentors answer questions about the firm or particular projects, introduce everyone in the firm, ensure feedback on assignments, and generally help the summer associate become part of the team.
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