Freedom to Create Your Own Summer Experience

July 30, 2020

By  Howard Weiss

One aspect of Foley Hoag’s program that is unique is the method by which summer associates choose their assignments throughout the summer. After we were given our first assignments based upon our stated interests, we had the opportunity to decide for ourselves what type of work we wanted to engage in throughout the rest of the program. Attorneys would submit assignments that they wanted summer associates’ help with on the firm’s intranet, and we were able to scroll through and pick whichever post looked most interesting to us. Not only did we have the ability to choose our own work, but we had full freedom to pick any project in any department or practice group. Of course, we had plenty of support from our mentors, who helped us craft our programs to include the type of work that we were hoping to experience.

I was able to help research issues in a variety of different firm matters, including a matter in the Administrative Department, a civil suit that has been appealed to the Second Circuit, and a case in Foley Hoag’s White Collar Defense practice group. I even helped write a blog post for one of Foley Hoag’s online blog, Security, Privacy and the Law. It was great to be able to experience what it would be like working as a full-time associate in all of these different areas of the firm and to be able to meet and work with so many attorneys across the firm in just a six-week program.
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