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Summer Associate Program - Fresno Office

Although McCormick Barstow is organized into three practice groups, Summer Associates are not assigned to a particular practice group for the summer. Instead, assignments are solicited from each of the practice groups and are distributed equally among the Summer Associates. This process ensures that each Summer Associate is able to work with as many attorneys as possible and experience a variety of assignments from different practice areas while maintaining a manageable workload.

During the Summer Program, our Summer Associates are given a considerable amount of responsibility. Accordingly, we feel the need to provide our Summer Associate with the type of assignments normally provided to junior associates. Summer Associates draft motions, complaints, answers, and discovery; assist in trial preparation; draft jury instructions and briefs; in addition to conducting legal research. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the work as opposed to the quantity. We also encourage our attorneys to allow Summer Associates to attend hearings, trials, depositions and client meetings to see firsthand the results of their work.

While there is no strict minimum billable hour requirement for Summer Associates, we try to provide the Summer Associate with a realistic understanding of what it is like to be an associate at the Firm. As such, we expect our Summer Associates to put forward a good effort during the summer program, while maintaining a healthy balance with social events.

Summer Program Administration:    

The Fresno summer program is coordinated by the firm's Hiring Partner, Ben Nicholson and DeAnn Cantu, our HR Specialist.  They are responsible, along with our Summer Associate Mentor Committee, for the day-to-day operation of the summer program in Fresno.

Summer Associate Assignments:    
Summer Associates in Fresno receive work assignments from all of our practice groups. These practice groups typically include: Litigation, Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Litigation, and Business, Tax and Estate Planning. 

In addition, all Fresno Summer Associates are encouraged to take on pro bono assignments during their summer clerkship. We believe this provides a unique opportunity for summer associates, while enhancing McCormick Barstow's existing commitment to pro bono work.

Summer Social Activities:    
The Recruiting Team organizes social activities throughout the summer for our summer associates and lawyers. Summer associates are also frequently invited to enjoy lunches, dinners, and other informal activities hosted by individual lawyers.

A few of our past social activities included:

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wine Tasting
  • Golf Tournament
  • Cooking School
  • Tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Backpacking
  • Bike Trip
  • Laser Tag
  • Bowling
  • Local Theater
  • Dinners at Partner's Homes

Summer Associate Salary:    
Our 2018 Summer Associates will earn $1,500 per week.

Summer Housing:     
We provide Summer Associates with various resources to assist them in obtaining summer housing.

Applying for a Summer Associate Position:  
If you are interested in a Summer Associate position, please contact our Hiring Partner, Ben Nicholson or HR Specialist, DeAnn Cantu.

Thank you for your interest in the Fresno office of McCormick Barstow.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Last Updated Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 03:26 PM.