Waller’s 1L Summer Program provides rising 2L students with the opportunity to engage in live matters and assignments with attorneys across all practice areas of the firm. During the program, each 1L Summer Associate will work closely with two mentors, a partner and a senior associate, who will provide structured feedback on each work assignment. 1L Summer Associates will complete one practice-specific project developed from an historical client matter. The core practice projects are substantive assignments designed to have students follow the lifecycle of a client matter, giving them a better overview of an entire project than could typically be gained in a few weeks’ observation. 1L Summer Associates are not relegated to one practice group, but are exposed to various projects across the firm’s eight practice areas. They will contribute to current client matters and have opportunities to attend depositions, trials, hearings, negotiations and client conferences. Throughout the program, numerous social functions afford opportunities to get to know Waller partners, associates, and fellow Summer Associates on a personal level.
Our 1L Summer Associates also have the opportunity to attend the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Summit in May where they participate in mock interviews and attend seminars on networking, leadership, secrets to success, and more.