Our work delegation system is an interactive process designed to balance summer associate interests with current firm projects and initiatives. Our goal is to provide summer associates with an interesting mix of work as they gain exposure to as many different lawyers and practice areas as possible. To this end, our summer associates complete between 10-15 assignments throughout the summer – usually with little or no repetition of assigning attorneys. From the feedback we have received, we believe Shipman & Goodwin stands out in providing balance, variety, and an exceptional experience for our summer associates.
To further explain our process, Work Coordinators meet with the summer associates weekly to distribute work assignments and to follow up on current projects. Summer associates receive assignments from throughout the firm, but are encouraged to express preferences for areas of the law in which they would like to work. The weekly meeting measures the balance of the work, the variety of work, as well as overall summer associate satisfaction.
Performance feedback is given throughout the summer. Upon completion of each work assignment, the supervising attorney completes a written evaluation designed to help the summer associate polish his or her skills. At the end of the Program, the Summer Program Director and a Work Coordinator conduct a final evaluation conference with each summer associate, during which the written evaluations are reviewed and overall performance is discussed.