The Summer Program
Our Summer Associate Program offers law students an opportunity to engage in intellectually stimulating work that is indicative of real associate life. It is designed to meet two goals: (i) to introduce you to life in Sarasota as a Williams Parker attorney, and (ii) to provide you with the experience and tools to ensure your long-term success at our firm or another law firm.
We provide work assignments, client experiences, mentoring, and training that approximate those provided to younger associates. In addition, we provide ample opportunities for you to get to know and be known by firm attorneys in social and professional settings. We believe it is important to know the people with whom you will spend your career and to be comfortable with the decision to practice law with them.
We’ve designed our Summer Associate Program to be an enjoyable, challenging experience which will allow both you and us to determine if you are the right fit for our firm. When we mutually come to that determination, then it is likely that we will have a long and successful working relationship.
As a summer associate at Williams Parker, you’ll join a team of experienced lawyers who care about your growth as a successful attorney. We strive to ensure your experience is rich with substantive work that both interests and challenges you and provide you with invaluable guidance, feedback, and opportunities for networking and development. Our summer program is designed to give students a real sense of what it means to practice at Williams Parker – from legal research to brief writing to the “big project,” you’ll contribute to real work for real clients and experience all aspects of life at the firm.
Our program attracts qualified candidates from a range of law schools, including: Cornell, Emory, Florida State, Georgetown, John Marshall, Stetson University, University of Alabama, University of California—Berkeley, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of Virginia, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Washington and Lee.
“The Big Project”
At the cornerstone of our summer program is the “big project”– an opportunity for our summer associates to gain a realistic sense of law firm life and work. Each of the firm’s practice areas prepares several in-depth research assignments, from which students select to focus a significant portion of their clerkship. Each summer associate will work closely with a designated attorney to develop their project, conducting significant research and writing, and receiving valuable feedback and guidance throughout the process. At the culmination of the project, students will make oral presentations of their projects to attorneys from across the firm.
In addition to the “big project,” summer associates will have opportunities to handle a number of smaller assignments from attorneys throughout the firm. Our goal is to help you develop and succeed as attorneys. In addition to serving as mentors, our attorneys provide comprehensive feedback regarding each assignment with which students are tasked.
Hard Work Rewarded
We believe in hard work and rewarding ourselves for our efforts. We also pride ourselves in our family-like atmosphere, and when you spend the summer with us, we want you to feel at home. We ensure opportunities for you to get to know your colleagues—in and out of the office—as it’s our hope that you’ll be working together in the future.
Quality of Life
The quality of life in our region is second to none. Known as Florida’s “cultural coast,” Sarasota is renowned for its wealth of arts and culture. Home to dozens of performing arts groups, as well as art galleries, museums, and festivals, Sarasota’s rich arts scene rivals that of the country’s larger urban settings. The area boasts great schools (including the country’s seventh ranked public high school) and tremendous food (Conde Nast rated Sarasota among the country’s top 15 “Best Food Cities” in 2014). Learn more about the Sarasota community.
Live Where You Work
Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, our office is centrally located to the area’s thriving cultural amenities, global cuisine, and gorgeous white-sand beaches. To ensure you experience all that Sarasota has to offer, we provide housing for all summer associates, at the firm’s expense, in downtown condos conveniently located to the office and to Sarasota’s urban core. We want you to have a realistic idea of what it is like to be a young attorney in Sarasota.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We understand that choosing the right firm and navigating the early stages of your developing legal career can seem daunting. We’ve been there and we want to help you. Below are some of the more common inquiries we receive regarding our summer program. If we can clarify or answer anything else, please contact us.
Each year, we look forward to meeting with talented candidates from top law schools across the nation. Through our summer program, we seek to provide a realistic taste of law firm life to accomplished, ambitious individuals that we hope will develop into leading lawyers at our firm. We pride ourselves on quality over quantity and are looking for candidates equally as hardworking, driven, intelligent, and passionate about what we do as we are.
To apply for our Summer Associate Program, please complete our online application.