Which offices hire summer associates?
Akin Gump hosts summer programs in the Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia (IP only) and Washington, D.C. offices.
Does the firm hire 1L summer associates?
Yes, information regarding hiring for 1L summer associates and for our Pro Bono Scholars and Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars programs is available on our website.
What distinguishes Akin Gump’s summer program from the programs at other firms?
The depth and quality of the work given to summer associates. Summer associates are given the unique opportunity to take assignments based on their interests and the availability of work in those areas. The firm does not employ a formal rotation process and we believe that allowing summer associates the discretion to choose the type of work they receive helps them to determine the area in which they want to start their career.
Why is the firm a good place for a junior associate to start their career?
Akin Gump’s competency-based professional development program combines work assignments and formal training and provides associates with a road map for their professional development. First year associates are paired with a Peer Advisor and Partner Advisor to ensure a smooth transition into firm life. The firm also hosts a multi-day Fall Associate Academy designed to provide new lawyers with the tools they need to transition from law school to law practice. This academy offers a valuable opportunity for new associates to get to know their peers and the firm before jumping into practice.
How are associates evaluated?
Associates and counsel are formally evaluated on an annual basis. The formal process includes a self-evaluation, evaluations completed by supervising lawyers, and an annual performance conference. The firm provides feedback formally and informally; the firm’s real time feedback system, Akin Thrive, allows supervising lawyers to provide feedback at the conclusion of an assignment, matter or project and the system allows associates and counsel to request feedback at any time.
How can associates raise questions or give the firm feedback?
Many of the firm’s offices have associates committees that meet on a regular basis to discuss relevant issues and share feedback on their firm experience. A firmwide Chairperson’s Associates Committee meets several times per year with Kim Koopersmith, the firm’s chairperson, to discuss issues and initiatives of firmwide importance, and to convey feedback from the local associate’s committees to the chairperson and other senior management.
What tools does the firm offer to help associates grow in their careers?
The firm’s core competencies for associates and counsel — ownership, professional excellence, service and teamwork, and client focus — describe the behaviors that drive success at Akin Gump and provide a foundation for the firm’s professional development program. The firm’s practice area benchmarks also inform the numerous in-house training programs that are offered throughout the year. These training programs are designed with input from practice management and associates and counsel to provide our attorneys with the knowledge they need to grow in their practice. The firm also has an in-house career counselor and coach who is available to provide guidance and insight to associates as they grow in their career.
Can associates request a reduced work schedule?
Yes, Akin Gump has a Reduced Workload Policy allows attorneys to work reduced schedules and enables attorneys to fulfill parenting and family care responsibilities or to pursue activities designed to enhance professional development or stature in the legal community, while continuing to work as a productive and valued Akin Gump attorney. The policy specifically provides that attorneys working a reduced workload remain eligible for partnership and counsel promotion.