The Summer Program at Axinn combines firsthand experience with broad exposure to each of the firm’s elite-level practices. Following orientation, summer associates are immediately engaged in and challenged by active work projects, to the greatest extent possible the same types of assignments as the firm's First-Years receive. This work typically entails informal interaction with many of the country’s top-practitioners in antitrust, intellectual property law and litigation; involvement in high-level strategy meetings, court appearances and depositions; and substantive research, and brief writing.
During their summer with Axinn, associates attend internal meetings and seminars to familiarize them with the lawyers, clients and range of projects that comprise each practice focus within the firm. In addition, both Axinn attorneys and outside professionals provide interactive training in such topics as legal writing and how to effectively utilize firm resources and support services. As is the case with each hands-on work assignment, all training experiences emphasize “learning by doing” and serve to enhance opportunities for summer associates to develop, exercise and build confidence in their lawyering skills.
Mentoring and Feedback
Each summer associate is assigned a partner and associate mentor, who are available to prioritize assignments, act as a sounding board and get involved with formal mid- and end-of-summer reviews. Assignments are made by a senior attorney who is familiar with client projects, as well as the interests of the summer associates.
Summer Associate Life
Axinn combines the prestige of a large firm with the informal atmosphere of a smaller one. The firm enjoys each other’s company, and its summer associates are invited to join events such as the annual bike tour, wine-tastings, theater outings and cooking classes, among others.