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We are thrilled to announce that all of the 2020 summer associates received and accepted offers for full-time employment following graduation!
We rely heavily on our summer program for our hiring needs. The primary goal of the program is to provide summer associates with a realistic, broad-based view of our practice and an opportunity to become acquainted with our attorneys through our informal mentoring program, training sessions and social events. While we encourage summer associates to spend time in each of the major departments of the Firm, the program is flexible and can be adapted to meet the specific interests of each participant. A key feature of the program is to provide summer associates with extensive feedback on their work, including formal and informal evaluations throughout the summer.
Summer associates for 2020 will receive salaries of $3,461 per week. First year associates receive a $180,000 base salary.
Please click here to view a letter to current law students from our Recruiting Partner, Christopher Riccardi.
Vault’s 2018 Best Law Firms Rankings, based on associate feedback, ranked Seward & Kissel #19 for “Summer Associate Program that Best Prepares for Practice” and #23 for “Best Overall Summer Program.” Here’s what associates had to say:
“Everyone is extremely down to earth and makes you feel comfortable asking questions. Partners will take the time to explain something to you rather than just give you an assignment and expect you to figure it out.”
“The partners in our group care about associate career development.”
“There is a tremendous amount of informal training, since partners make themselves available for questions, discussions and calls with associates. Doors are always open and partners make it known that they are available to help. The firm also conducts periodic CLE’s on topics relevant to associates.”
“I think partnership is realistic for a number of associates in our group, and to the extent it’s not, partners have historically helped outgoing associates with job placement.”
Here’s what some of our 2020 summer associates had to say:
“My summer at Seward & Kissel was an unforgettable experience. Despite the fact that the program was conducted virtually, I was able to do substantive work in various practice groups, and got to work with many different attorneys. I learned a great deal, and felt like I was constantly being challenged by engaging assignments. I am very excited to start working at the firm as an associate after graduation!” (Eddie, NYU)
“Seward & Kissel went above and beyond in creating an informative, rewarding, and fun summer experience. I was provided substantive work with a full network of attorneys ready to guide me along the way. From partners to associates everyone was willing to take the time to explain an assignment or just to get to know me. I look forward to being apart of such a supportive and welcoming legal community!” (Michael, Seton Hall)
“The summer program exceeded all of my expectations. I received a great number of meaningful assignments and all of the attorneys at the firm always went out of their way to answer any questions I had. It is clear that the firm values the development and growth of summer associates. I cannot stress enough how wonderful this summer program was.” (George, Albany)
“My experience as a summer associate confirmed all of the reasons why I was excited to work at Seward & Kissel in the first place. From the first day, everyone at the firm was so welcoming and genuinely excited to work with us. Although it was a virtual summer, the firm went above and beyond to ensure that we felt like a part of the S&K family. It was readily apparent that everyone at the firm both loves what they do and loves working with each other. As a summer, I worked closely with partners and associates on a wide range of matters spanning across S&K’s many practice areas, and felt as though the assignments I worked on were adding value to the case teams. I cannot recommend Seward & Kissel enough!” (Carmella, BC)
“I had a great time at Seward & Kissel this summer. The firm did an amazing job adapting the summer program to an online format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite having the program online, I really felt part of the team. I didn’t encounter a single person this summer who wasn’t friendly, down to earth and willing to help if I was confused. The work was just as challenging and varied as I would have expected from a “normal summer”, and I really felt that I got to know many people at the firm. Every partner and associate took the time to explain an assignment fully, so I knew exactly what was expected of me. I feel extremely lucky to have spent my summer at a firm that went out of their way to give us a rewarding and fun summer experience in such unusual circumstances.” (Madeline, UCLA)
“The summer program at Seward & Kissel exceeded all expectations. I was given a variety of interesting assignments and I learned something new every day. The attorneys and staff were always responsive and ready to answer any questions or to even just chat. It wasn’t all work though, some of my favorite memories were participating in the (incredibly fun) events and getting to know my future colleagues better. I can’t wait to return next year.” (Seth, Washington & Lee)
“During my summer at Seward and Kissel, I was impressed time and again by the familial and open nature of the firm. The welcoming atmosphere the attorneys created enabled me to ask honest questions and receive honest answers about their day-to-day work and my work product. I was also given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience across a number of different practice groups and request assignments from groups I was most interested in. This exposure helped me develop my legal skills and informed my decision about which group I wanted to practice in. Everyone made me feel like a member of S&K from day one and did everything they could to make the program as impactful as possible. I could not be happier to be a part of such a great place! “(Connor, Fordham)
“I thought that the summer program did a great job of integrating me into the firm from the very first day. I was staffed on a number of different assignments and was given the opportunity to work on projects in a variety of different practice areas. I felt like the summer program did a great job of giving me an idea of what practicing at the firm would be like as an associate. Attorneys took the time to explain relevant background information related to my assignments and provided me with detailed feedback for many of the projects I completed over the summer. I would highly recommend Seward & Kissel’s summer program to other law school students.” (Micky, Georgetown)
“I couldn’t have had a better summer experience. Even though the program was remote, I still felt like I was part of the firm. I interacted with attorneys of all levels and even got to attend client calls. I received assignments from almost all of the practice groups, which really helped narrow my interests. Plus, my assignments were substantive so I got a taste of the groups and the type of work they do. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming, and willing to help, which I very much enjoyed and appreciated, especially because we couldn’t meet in person. Different groups held virtual happy hours so I got to know them on a more personal level and the virtual events gave me a taste of the firm’s culture. Overall, I loved my summer at S&K and am extremely happy with my decision to join the firm.” (Cassie, Cardozo)
“My experience as a summer associate at Seward was incredibly rewarding. I was able to work on a variety of assignments for many practice groups, and really began to learn what areas interested me the most. Even in a virtual environment, there were countless opportunities to get to know the partners, associates, and my fellow summer associates. At Seward, everyone really goes out of their way to help you figure out your strengths and interests.” (Margaret, BC)
“I was very impressed with Seward & Kissel’s 2020 summer program. A public health crisis prevented us from convening in person, but it did not stop the Firm from showing us a good time or from giving us meaningful work. A lot of effort went into ensuring that Summer Associates still had the opportunity to get to know the Firm and each-other. I feel fortunate to have worked on many engaging projects and to have met so many great people through the program, and am very much looking forward to returning as an Associate next year!” (Matt, GW)