Altshuler Berzon LLP hires five or six summer associates each year who have completed at least two years of law school. Summer associates are given research and drafting assignments similar to those given to associates. Summer associates are also invited to attend court appearances and depositions, participate in a weekly attorney lunch discussing current litigation issues, and join in various social activities.
Summer associates can expect to work on a variety of matters for international and local unions, workers, environmental groups, governmental entities, and other clients, involving such areas as labor, civil rights, environmental, election, and immigration law.
Recent summer associate projects have included researching legal issues in a constitutional challenge to Ohio’s provisional ballot law; drafting a portion of a federal court of appeals brief on First Amendment issues; drafting a brief opposing a motion to stay a class action lawsuit pending arbitration; drafting a complaint in a Proposition 65 enforcement action; researching Supremacy Clause issues in a U.S. Supreme Court case; researching issues in a union arbitration; drafting a class notice; drafting a portion of a federal court of appeals brief on consumer issues; drafting portions of a federal court of appeals brief on age discrimination; drafting a position statement to the NLRB; researching a union grievance; researching vote dilution issues; drafting an opening and reply brief on a motion to intervene to defend a minimum wage law; researching prevailing wage requirements; drafting a reply brief in support of a petition for review in the California Supreme Court; research in preparation for appellate argument; drafting a brief in support of transferring a federal court action; drafting a motion for summary judgment; and drafting a portion of a mediation brief.
Summer associates work with several different partners and associates during the course of the summer. The nature of the work and particular assignments vary, but they usually involve in-depth research and writing, often on issues of first impression. Assignments range from short research projects to ongoing work on different aspects of a case throughout the entire summer. Split summers with other law firms are not permitted. We do not hire first-year law students for summer associate positions.
The firm chooses summer associates based on research and writing ability, academic record, recommendations, and commitment to the work of the firm. We are particularly interested in individuals who are creative and who enjoy working on challenging legal issues.
The firm is committed to diversity and encourages applications from persons of color, persons identifying as LBGTQ, and persons with disabilities.
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, law school transcript, and list of references to Michael Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.