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1L Program

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.

Summer Associates will contribute to current client matters and have opportunities to attend depositions, trials, hearings, negotiations and client conferences. Our goal is to expose 1L Summer Associates to all eight practice groups throughout their time with us.  Each summer associate will work closely with two mentors who will introduce their mentee to attorneys in all offices, assist with project selection, and advise on practice group preferences.  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.

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  • Requirements:
    • 1st year law student from an ABA-accredited law school
    • Strong research and writing skills
    • Teamwork mentality
    • Strong intellectual curiosity

    • In addition, Waller has partnered with the predictive candidate screening platform Suited to help us better understand our applicants. Our goal is to make the recruiting process as fair and seamless as possible, so that we can find the candidates who will be fulfilled in their roles and complementary to our culture. Suited uses assessments to holistically and objectively understand what makes you unique. In addition to your academic background and experience, the traits and competencies captured by these assessments have been proven to be both highly relevant and predictive of on-the-job success as an associate, while reducing bias in the process. This new system will expand access for all candidates, as we continues to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority. To learn more about the assessments, please visit:
  • 2022-2023 1L Calendar:
    • December 1: 1L Applications for Summer 2023 Accepted
    • January 31, 2023: Deadline for 1L Applications
  • 2023 Waller Summer Program:
    • Nashville: May 22nd - July 28th, 2023 
    • Birmingham: June 19th - July 28th, 2023

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