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1L LCLD Diversity Summer Associate Program

Each summer we host first-year students in our Summer Associate program as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars. Our 1L Summer Associates participate in the same enriching summer program described below, with the additional benefit of working directly with a Mintz client.

1L Summer Associates to spend a significant period of time, generally one to three weeks, working with a Mintz client’s in-house legal team. In past years, students have worked with clients such as LPL Financial, Johnson & Johnson, and Citizens. A lawyer in the client’s in house legal team also serves as a mentor for the 1L Summer Associate, during their summer and beyond.

Opportunities are available for students interested in working in our Litigation, Corporate, and Intellectual Property sections. Students select their practice area of preference and are immersed in the section during the summer. Our 1L LCLD Diversity Summer Associate Program is offered exclusively in our Boston Office.

My 1L summer experience at Mintz was extraordinary and enriching in every aspect! Mintz afforded me the opportunity to work on a variety of practice areas that spanned IP prosecution to trademark litigation. I even had the privilege of working directly with our client, Johnson & Johnson, and experienced a taste of how IP law operates in-house. Throughout my summer at Mintz, I formed lasting relationships with influential and thoughtful colleagues, which will help me in the rest of my education and career. The depth of work projects, real-world experience, and supportive environment made it an easy choice to come back to Mintz for my 2L summer.

–Amanda, 2021 1L Summer Associate

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2L Summer Associate Program

Mintz hires 2L students who seek a highly personalized summer experience for our Summer Associate program. Our Summer Associates select a practice area of interest (Corporate, Litigation, or Intellectual Property) and are immersed in that practice area for the duration of the program.

Summer Associates work on an array of matters, often staffed on cases or deal teams, where they can gain real, hands-on experience working side by side with our lawyers. Our small class size, coupled with our Member and Associate mentorship program, allows students a broad range of opportunities and experience, customized to their individual goals and interests. After spending nine weeks at the firm, our Summer Associates know our lawyers, understand what we do, and are ready to hit the ground running after law school.

In 2023, Mintz will host summer associates in our Boston office.

I chose Mintz because it offers an unmatched opportunity to establish and develop my career in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment. During the summer, I was exposed to a range of corporate transactions and was guided through each one by sophisticated, yet friendly and patient, Mintz attorneys. Everywhere I turned there was someone ready and willing to help me and I felt like I was part of the team from day one. I look forward to returning as a first-year associate!

–Elana, 2021 2L Summer Associate

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The Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship for 2L Summer Associates

Mintz Diversity Scholarship Law Students

The Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship for 2L Summer Associates 

At Mintz, we strive to create an environment where people from all backgrounds are positioned for success. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity at the firm, and in the legal profession, we have awarded the Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship to an exemplary diverse law student each year since 2010.

The scholarship is given to community-minded 2Ls from diverse backgrounds who have shown academic excellence and commitment to diversity. Its namesake, Richard Mintz (1921 – 2011), the firm’s longest serving partner and the son of a founding partner, was known for his passion for people and his commitment to creating a progressive workplace.

Each year, we award up to two scholarships. Each scholarship recipient receives $20,000 toward tuition for their third year of law school and a paid position in our 2L Summer Associate program.

The application to the Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship is an addendum to our Summer Associate application. Students submit their resume and cover letter as part of our Summer Associate application, and an additional essay as part of their application for the Diversity Scholarship. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lucia Foulkes at [email protected].

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3L Hiring of First Year Associates

Each year, we hire 3L students, and lawyers completing judicial clerkships, to join our incoming first year associate class. Thes openings may be in any of our offices (Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and San Diego). Opportunities are identified by specific office and practice area, and usually become available throughout the winter and spring. Please check our current openings for any available positions.

Recruiting Events & On-Campus Interviews

We encourage all interested students to apply directly to our online job posting. Applications will be reviewed (and students interviewed) on a rolling basis, so consider submitting your application as soon as you have your materials ready. We will participate in OCI at the following schools if we have room remaining in our class:

Boston College Law School Georgetown
Boston University Suffolk University
Boston Lawyers Group University of Virginia
Harvard University  

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the summer program, and when does it begin?

Our summer program is usually nine weeks long and begins in late May.

How has COVID-19 impacted the summer program and law student recruiting?

In 2022, we will host an in-person summer program with some flexibility for students to participate in a hybrid work schedule.

Our interviewing and recruiting continues to be a mix of in-person and virtual formats.

I haven’t received my second semester grades or journal acceptance. Should I wait to apply?

We encourage you to apply early, even if you haven’t received your grades or know about journal membership. You can then reach out with updates to your application over the summer. Spring grades or updates to your resume can be sent to Lucia Foulkes at [email protected].

To whom should I address my cover letter?

You can address your cover letter to Lucia Foulkes, Legal Recruiting Specialist.

How does the assignment process work for the summer program?

Summer Associates’ work assignments are curated by attorneys in their practice area of interest (Corporate, Litigation, or Intellectual Property). Though assignments will come from a core section, there is variety in subject matter, industry, and clients. Summer Associates are encouraged to explore. The Corporate section provides the opportunity to work in venture capital & emerging companies, securities & capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and licensing & technology. The Litigation section’s work spans antitrust, appellate, class action, construction litigation, financial institution litigation, insurance & reinsurance, product liability/complex tort, real estate litigation, securities litigation, white collar defense & government investigations, and complex commercial litigation. The Intellectual Property practice has complex matters that involve analyzing patent applications on cutting-edge innovation, researching technical and legal issues in litigation, and working with the corporate and litigation teams on strategic projects in software & ecommerce, life sciences, medical technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, and for academic institutions. Summer Associates are encouraged to participate in our extensive pro bono opportunities, which include immigration, sexual violence, veterans affairs, housing, transgender discrimination, and access to justice.

How does the evaluation process work?

After an assignment is completed, the assigning attorneys evaluate the Summer Associate’s work. We strongly encourage attorneys to provide feedback directly to Summer Associates after each assignment and we encourage Summer Associates to proactively ask questions and seek feedback. Summer Associates receive formal reviews at the mid-point and at the end of the program.

What types of training sessions will I attend as a Summer Associate?

Our professional development team (MLPD) organizes many training opportunities through the summer. A sampling of the programs we host include a mock trial, numerous substantive training sessions, programs on the business of a law firm and legal ethics, and a business lunch etiquette training. We also have a legal writing program that runs throughout the summer. Summer Associates are invited to attend all Associate training sessions and monthly practice group meetings, as well. MLPD hosts over 200 training programs annually, so there are many topics available to meet your interests.

After on-campus interviews, when should I expect to hear from the firm about additional interviews?

We aim to contact all candidates within one to three days of an on-campus interview.

If I’m invited back for a call-back interview, what can I expect?

You will have a series of 20 to 30 minute, one-on-one interviews with both Members and Associates who are heavily involved in working with and mentoring junior attorneys in the section with which you have selected to interview. We tailor each interview schedule to the student’s interests and background.

Can I be reimbursed for my interview travel expenses?

We pay for reasonable travel expenses for our out-of-town candidates who are invited for call-back interviews. Once the call-back process is complete, please submit copies of all of your receipts and the NALP travel reimbursement form to Mintz’s legal recruiting department. We are still determining if interviews for our 2023 Summer Associate program will be conducted in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid format.

Does Mintz allow students to split their summers?

We encourage all of our students to spend their entire summer at Mintz to get the most out of our practice immersion experience.