The summer associate program drives our attorney hiring efforts. Our hiring goal is to provide a diverse group of outstanding students with the opportunity to work with Scott Cole & Associates attorneys and learn firsthand about our practice areas. Our expectations of summer associates are high and our standards are rigorous. The summer program enables us to evaluate the legal skills of developing lawyers in a real-world, not a “make-work,” environment.
Participants work on legal matters similar to those assigned to full-time associates. They travel to client locations, assist our attorneys in addressing client needs and gain familiarity with depositions and court proceedings.
Each successful candidate for this program is assigned as the “point” summer associate for several of our active cases and works directly with the attorney who serves as the “point” attorney on the respective matter(s). Additionally, each summer associate is generally asked to work on a variety of other legal matters, as the need arises. This feature of our program of getting students actively involved in a variety of legal actions and, additionally, offering them specific and advanced responsibility over several active matters as a “point” person provides our summer associates with an exposure to a wide range of issues while also allowing them to track the day-to-day progress of a smaller number of particular cases. Through this approach, our summer associates learn the law as well as the practical aspects of class action litigation.
In past years, we have made offers of permanent employment to summer associates who demonstrated a high grasp of our practice area and the skills to help maintain our firm’s preeminent status in employment litigation. On occasion, summer associates who accept our offers are given the opportunity to work as part-time research assistants during the school year. This gives students an additional opportunity to familiarize themselves with the firm.
Scott Cole & Associates is constantly seeking motivated individuals with exemplary legal and administrative skills for support staff positions. Depending on the positions available, legal experience, while preferred, is not necessarily required. What we do require are exceptional interpersonal, technological and independent-thinking skills as well as a winning attitude, the same qualities possessed by our current staff.