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Summer Associate Frequently Asked Questions

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Read what former Bodman Summer Associates — and current Bodman attorneys — have to say about our summer associate program.

National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

Demographic information about the firm is available in our National Association for Law Placement (NALP) listing.

Bodman is a named 2015 Detroit Free Press Top Workplace and gives a good blend of responsibility and authority

Bodman has been listed as a Detroit Free Press Top Workplace since 2010.

Diversity and Inclusion at Bodman

Bodman is committed to diversity in the workplace at all levels of the firm. This commitment to diversity guides our efforts to recruit, retain and advance the best and brightest. To read more about our pledge and activities, visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

Here are some frequently asked questions — and answers — about Bodman's Summer Associate Program:

Why spend a summer at Bodman?

Simply put, summering at Bodman gives you the opportunity to experience life as an associate at one of Michigan's leading firms. Each year we hire talented individuals from law schools around the country to work with us. During the summer, you will have a chance to do real legal work, not "make-work" and get a chance to know our attorneys and your classmates very well. Bodman takes its summer associate program seriously. In fact, most Bodman attorneys started their careers as summer associates with the firm.

Summer Associate Salary

How much does Bodman pay its summer associates? 

Where does Bodman recruit on campus?

We currently interview on-campus at:

  • Michigan State University College of Law;
  • The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law;
  • The University of Michigan Law School; and
  • Wayne State University Law School.

Does Bodman hire summer associates from schools where they do not recruit on-campus?

Does Bodman hire summer associates from schools where they do not recruit on-campus?

Absolutely. Bodman hires nationally, seeking the best summer associates available for each class. In addition to the schools where we interview on-campus, we have hired summer associates from, among others:

  • Howard University School of Law
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law — Indianapolis
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • The Notre Dame Law School
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Penn State Law at the Pennsylvania State University
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • The University of California — Berkeley, School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • The University of Toledo College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Washington University School of Law — St. Louis

We want to hire outstanding summer associates from top law schools who intend to practice in Michigan after graduation.

How many summer associates does Bodman hire each year?

How many summer associates does Bodman hire each year?

We typically hire 4 to 6 summer associates each year. We intentionally hire a smaller number of summer associates than many other firms our size both because of our low associate turnover and to provide summer associates with the individual attention they deserve. Hiring small classes also allows us to meet our goal of extending an offer of full time employment to every qualified summer associate.

What does Bodman expect from its summer associates during the summer?

What does Bodman expect from summer associates?

We look for people who share our core values of integrity, client service, collaboration, stewardship, and stability. Our summer associates are smart and hard-working, with strong writing skills and good judgment.

Are there any social events during the summer?

Are there any social events during the summer?

We have a variety of formal and informal events during the summer. The highlight of the summer is the Bodman Folly. Each year our summer associates, associates, and younger members, along with their spouses, spend a carefree weekend at Barothy Lodge near Ludington, Michigan enjoying Michigan's natural beauty, playing volleyball, kickball, swimming, hiking and enjoying each other's company. The attire is casual and no business meetings are held at the Folly. In addition to the Folly, the summer associates participate in a number of formal and informal events, typically including a behind the scenes tour of Ford Field with our client, The Detroit Lions, a Detroit Tigers baseball game, boat races on the Detroit River, and a number of lunches and receptions.

How does Bodman train summer associates?

How does Bodman train summer associates?

We work hard to train new lawyers and that training starts during the summer. Summer associates are invited to all regular practice group training sessions, and receive a specialized orientation to the firm along with one-on-one writing instruction. But beyond the formal training, Bodman summer associates begin to learn to practice law. We give summer associates real client work and bill the clients for their time. You will work on projects that would otherwise be handled by associates, and may attend client meetings, depositions and court hearings. We believe that summer associates want practical experience — not to write articles for members or answer esoteric questions unrelated to the practice of law. You will work directly with a member on each case and will not have work filtered to you through a more senior associate. We believe this hands-on approach, augmented by formal training, is the best way to learn to be a lawyer.

Are summer associates hired to work in a specific office?

Are summer associates hired to work in a specific office?

During the summer you will spend the majority of your time in our Detroit office. However, each summer associate will spend two weeks in Troy and one to two weeks in our Ann Arbor office.

Does Bodman give full-time offers to summer associates?

Does Bodman give full-time offers to summer associates?

We give offers to almost all of our summer associates. Hiring small classes also allows us to meet our goal of extending an offer of full time employment to every qualified summer associate.

Does Bodman have a mentoring program?

Does Bodman have a mentoring program?

The firm has both a general mentoring program and a program specifically designed for the summer associates. Each summer associate is matched with a member of the Lawyer Recruiting and Personnel Committee. These mentors are available as resources for the summer associates. They also review and provide suggestions on their work and ensure that summer associates receive feedback from members for whom they have worked. We also conduct mid-summer reviews so that our summer associates know where they stand.

Is Bodman involved in pro bono work?

Is Bodman involved in pro bono work?

Each month Bodman attorneys spend hundreds of hours on a variety of pro bono projects. Bodman allows attorneys to select pro bono work that is interesting and inspiring to them. We have a Pro Bono Committee that oversees pro bono work, and a full-time attorney who is dedicated to administering Bodman’s pro bono program. Bodman attorneys provide pro bono legal representation to both low-income individuals and organizations that serve low-income individuals, in addition to participating in numerous legal clinics and performing work on behalf of organizations seeking to enforce civil liberties. See our Giving Back page for more information on Bodman's pro bono commitment.

What type of technology does Bodman utilize?

What type of technology does Bodman utilize?

We have all the technological tools typically expected of a modern law firm. Bodman's offices are linked by an integrated data and voice communications network. We focus on industry-standard applications to assure maximum compatibility with clients and co-counsel. We have a central document management system that allows attorneys in any office to review and access all of the firm’s materials from their desktop or laptop, an Intranet, and desktop access to many web-based research services. We also have a web portal so that attorneys can access e-mail and documents from anywhere in the world.

What type of technology does Bodman utilize?

What are Bodman's diversity initiatives?

Bodman is an equal opportunity employer and continues to seek outstanding minority candidates. Bodman has an active Diversity Committee. Each summer, Bodman also participates with the Wolverine Bar Association and hires a first year minority summer associate selected by the Wolverine Bar Association. For more information on Bodman’s diversity initiatives, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

Do most Bodman attorneys start as summer associates?

Do most Bodman attorneys start as summer associates?

Many current Bodman attorneys started with the firm as summer associates. This is a reflection of how strongly we value the summer associate program. In recent years, the growth of the firm has exceeded that which could be satisfied through the summer associate program and we have added a number of superior lateral associates and members to the firm.

Where did Bodman attorneys go to law school?

Where did Bodman attorneys go to law school?

Bodman lawyers have attended 29 different law schools throughout the country, including:

  1. Chicago-Kent College of Law — Illinois Institute of Technology
  2. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law — Cleveland State University
  3. DePaul University College of Law
  4. Fordham University School of Law
  5. The George Washington University Law School
  6. Georgetown University Law Center
  7. Harvard Law School
  8. Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington
  9. Louisiana State University Law Center
  10. Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  11. Michigan State University College of Law (formerly the Detroit College of Law)
  12. Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  13. New York University School of Law
  14. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  15. The Notre Dame Law School
  16. Tulane University Law School
  17. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  18. University of Illinois College of Law
  19. University of Maryland School of Law
  20. University of Michigan Law School
  21. University of Minnesota Law School
  22. The University of Toledo College of Law
  23. University of Washington School of Law
  24. University of Wisconsin Law School
  25. Wake Forest University School of Law
  26. Washington University School of Law
  27. Washington and Lee University School of Law
  28. Wayne State University Law School
  29. Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

 

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