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Ranked first for Best Overall Summer Associate Program and Summer Associate Program that Best Prepares for Practice


Washington, DC – July 16, 2013 – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that its summer associate program has been named the Best Overall Summer Associate Program in the country by Vault. Additionally, the program also scored the top spot for Summer Associate Program that Best Prepares for Practice.

This is the third consecutive year Vault has ranked Venable’s summer associate program in the top ten nationally. Last year, the program ranked fourth best overall and second best in preparedness.

“Our summer program is designed to provide a realistic snapshot of working at Venable,” said Sharon A. Kroupa, Venable’s Managing Director of Professional Development and Recruiting and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Group. “The rankings are a great testament to the hard work and efforts of our whole team who work to provide summer associates with a valuable and realistic experience. We’re all very pleased to know that those who have gone through the program considered it to be the right balance of hands-on work and preparation for their careers.”
 
An important source for associate hiring, Venable’s ten week Summer Associate Program is designed to provide a realistic look at everyday life for junior associates. Summer associates receive real work assignments on behalf of real clients ranging from research and memos to presentations for clients. By the end of the summer, a summer associate will have worked on projects for a variety of different practice areas throughout the firm. Additionally, summer associates are encouraged to participate in “take-alongs” which can include attending hearings, spending the day in court or sitting in on transaction closings. Summer associates are also paired with a partner and associate mentor to help them integrate into the firm and are encouraged to spend time with partners whose practice areas are of particular interest to them through the “Take a Partner to Lunch” program. The program strives to maintain a work-life balance through a variety of planned social activities that allow our attorneys and the summer associates to get to know one another.

The Vault survey was taken by nearly 17,000 junior associates (first-years through third-years) who participated in their current firm’s summer associate program. They were asked to rate their experience on a scale of 1 to 10 concentrating on areas such as how well the summer program prepared the associates for life at the firm, and their overall experience. The Overall Best Summer Associate Program ranking reflects the average of these categories.

Vault’s annual law firm rankings—including the Vault Law 100—are considered the “bible” for law students, associates, partners and law firm recruiters, providing a detailed perspective on the criteria considered by candidates when evaluating law firms. Vault’s customers include Fortune 1000 advertisers and recruiters, the country’s top universities and graduate schools, and 8 million consumers worldwide.

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Note: An American Lawyer 100 law firm serving clients globally.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia, Venable LLP lawyers and legislative advisors serve the needs of our domestic and global clients in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory, and government affairs around the globe.