Foley Hoag’s First-Ever Remote Summer Program
July 28, 2020
By Nicholas Bergara
I didn't know what to expect when I started Foley Hoag's first ever remote summer program. But I quickly learned how committed this firm is to ensuring a great summer experience for all of its associates regardless of format. The firm planned numerous summer events that I could attend (over Zoom) based on my interests, in addition to providing me with the opportunity to select the assignments that I wanted to work on.
The work was very substantive. For example, during my first litigation assignment I was asked to write a memo regarding an affirmative defense that could significantly impact the outcome of our case. I was invited to all of the team meetings and was able to present my research. I received feedback on every single assignment that I submitted, which really helped me further develop my legal research and writing skills. Moreover, it was surprising to see how all of my supervising attorneys were so willing to work with me to make sure I had multiple writing samples before the end of the program.
Everyone involved in running the summer program was incredibly responsive and open to feedback. Early on in the program the summer associates recognized that we hadn't had much of an opportunity to interact with attorneys who we may be interested in meeting and that we wanted some time to socialize with each other. In response, we were given the opportunity to schedule lunches with whomever we wanted and received substantial reimbursements whenever we chose to do so. Likewise, when we asked whether we could receive snacks, boxes full of delicious treats were shipped to our homes within a few days. It felt like my feedback as well as my peers was not only being taken into consideration but also being used to improve the program in real time.
These are only a few examples of what Foley Hoag brings to the table in terms of summer programs, but I think they are illustrative of the firm's character. It is a collaborative working environment, filled with individuals who want to help you succeed. And at the same time, it is a place where you can be yourself and voice your concerns without fear of repercussions. The firm has been very accommodating during these challenging times and I am grateful for this experience.