Summer Associate Opportunities

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For general inquiries regarding summer associate positions, please contact legalrecruiting@thompsoncoburn.com or submit an application.

2023 Thompson Coburn 1L LCLD (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity) Scholars Program – New York

Thompson Coburn LLP is committed to designing and implementing industry-leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and providing resources and support to diverse attorneys.  The Firm’s Total Commitment includes being a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and participating in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program. As a 1L LCLD Scholar at Thompson Coburn, you will participate in the Firm’s 10-week summer associate program in the New York office, as well as attend the 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, which will take place virtually on May 23-25, 2023. This paid summer associate position provides an excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of how law firms work, including client interaction and collaboration with Thompson Coburn attorneys. Thompson Coburn is proud to partner with U.S. Bank to also offer the 1L LCLD Scholar an opportunity to engage in substantive legal work and shadowing opportunities with U.S. Bank attorneys in St. Louis and Minneapolis.  

Thompson Coburn offers a comprehensive 10-week summer program and invests significant resources to train and prepare summer associates for their careers. Summer associates perform real work for real clients, and the Firm’s unique work assignment system ensures that each summer associate explores their respective area(s) of interest. Each Thompson Coburn summer associate regularly meets with both a partner mentor and an associate mentor that provide guidance, support, and recommendations. The Firm also provides opportunities for summer associates to learn about the Firm’s culture, practice areas, various office locations, as well as how the Firm fulfills its overarching mission of Total Commitment to clients, employees, and the communities it serves. Summer associates attend a variety of networking social events. The salary for this position is $3,557 per week.

Thompson Coburn is a full-service law firm of more than 400 attorneys serving an impressive list of clients in a full spectrum of industry sectors with offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Southern Illinois, and Washington, D.C.  

The 1L LCLD Scholarship is open to first year law students who are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive legal profession, and are committed to practicing law after graduating from law school. Students with backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the practice of law are highly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.  

To apply for the 1L LCLD Program: click here to submit your resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample and a brief personal statement (500 words or less) describing (a) how your journey to the legal profession demonstrates your commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the legal community; (b) your interest in working at Thompson Coburn; and (c) how your personal and professional experiences will contribute to the Firm; generally.

Thompson Coburn will accept 1L LCLD Scholars applications through February 15, 2023. 

2023 1L Summer Associate - Dallas

Thompson Coburn LLP is looking for 1L summer associates for our 2023 summer program in Dallas. We offer a comprehensive 10-week program and invest significant resources to train and prepare summer associates for their careers. Our summer associates perform real work for real clients, and our unique work assignment system ensures that each person explores that individual’s areas of interest. Each of our summer associates regularly meets with a partner mentor and an associate mentor who provide guidance and advice. We provide opportunities for our summer associates to learn about our firm’s culture, our practice areas, our different offices, and how we fulfill our firm’s overarching mission of Total Commitment to our clients, our people, and our community. And the partners and associates at our firm look forward to the various social events that allow us to get to know our summer associates, who we view as the future of our firm.

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Southern Illinois, Thompson Coburn LLP is a full-service law firm serving an impressive list of clients in a full spectrum of industry sectors.  With over 400 attorneys we have experience in more than 50 areas of the law.  We've tried the longest jury trial and one of the largest civil suits in American history and closed deals coast-to-coast and around the globe.  Supported by our firm's state-of-the-art technology, our lawyers enjoy a nationwide practice.

We will be reviewing and responding to applications in mid to late January 2023.

To apply, click here to submit your resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample.

2023 1L Summer Associate – St. Louis

Thompson Coburn LLP is looking for 1L summer associates for our 2023 summer program in St. Louis. We offer a comprehensive 10-week program and invest significant resources to train and prepare summer associates for their careers. Our summer associates perform real work for real clients, and our unique work assignment system ensures that each person explores that individual’s areas of interest. Each of our summer associates regularly meets with a partner mentor and an associate mentor who provide guidance and advice. We provide opportunities for our summer associates to learn about our firm’s culture, our practice areas, our different offices, and how we fulfill our firm’s overarching mission of Total Commitment to our clients, our people, and our community. And the partners and associates at our firm look forward to the various social events that allow us to get to know our summer associates, who we view as the future of our firm.

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Southern Illinois, Thompson Coburn LLP is a full-service law firm serving an impressive list of clients in a full spectrum of industry sectors.  With over 400 attorneys we have experience in more than 50 areas of the law.  We've tried the longest jury trial and one of the largest civil suits in American history and closed deals coast-to-coast and around the globe.  Supported by our firm's state-of-the-art technology, our lawyers enjoy a nationwide practice.

We will be reviewing and responding to applications in mid to late January 2023.

To apply, click here to submit your resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample.


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