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2L Program

Waller's Summer Program combines cutting-edge mentoring with the opportunity to engage in live matters and other assignments with attorneys across all practice areas and offices.

Summer Associates will contribute to current client matters and have opportunities to attend depositions, trials, hearings, negotiations and client conferences. Summer Associates in Nashville will be housed in two practice groups while Summer Associates in Austin and Birmingham will be housed in one practice group; however, our goal is to expose Summer Associates to all eight practice groups throughout their time with us.  Each summer associate will work closely with one or two mentors who will introduce their mentee to attorneys in all five 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. 

After careful evaluation, each Summer Associate will be considered for potential permanent offers by the Executive Recruiting Committee in conjunction with practice group leaders and anticipated group needs. The assessment includes consideration of academic achievement, work product, and ability to relate to attorneys, clients and support staff, among other business factors.

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  • 2023 Waller Summer Program
    • 2L Application opens July 1st, 2022
  • Dates
    • Nashville: May 22nd - July 28th, 2023
    • Birmingham: June 26th - August 4th, 2023 (second half)
    • Austin: May 22nd - July 28th, 2023 
  • Requirements
    • Rising second-year law students from an ABA-accredited law school
    • Excellent law school grades
    • Moot Court, Law Journal, or similar experience preferred
    • 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:

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