Law Students

Challenging, rewarding work in a collaborative and professional work environment

Through its Summer Associate and 1L programs, Venable provides new attorneys challenging, rewarding work in a collaborative and professional work environment. An extensive orientation program, a wide variety of professional training workshops, and mentoring by exceptional practitioners in a wide variety of practice areas makes, Venable stand out among AmLaw 100 firms as a place for new lawyers to launch their legal careers.

Many of our new lawyers come to the firm through our summer associate program. Others join us from judicial clerkships, government positions, or other professional backgrounds. To inquire about entry-level attorney positions, contact the recruiter representing the office you would like to join. 

Contacts
+

For legal career opportunities in:

Baltimore and Towson

Maria Krupinsky
Legal Recruiting Manager
+1 410.244.7813
mkrupinsky@Venable.com

Los Angeles and San Francisco

Kara Barnachea
Recruiting Coordinator
+1 310.229.9978
kbarnachea@Venable.com

New York

Noelle Kellogg
Senior Recruiting Coordinator
+1 212.503.0673
nekellogg@Venable.com

Washington and Tysons

D'Esprit Smith
Senior Recruiting Coordinator
+1 202.344.4806
desmith@Venable.com

NALP Form
+

View  Venable's NALP form

Venable's Summer Associate Program is a very important source for associate hiring. Our program is designed to give summer associates a realistic depiction of what everyday life is like as a junior associate. We currently have summer programs in our Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Tysons Corner, and Washington, DC offices.

Assignments

Summer associates receive real work assignments on behalf of real clients—the same type of assignments our junior associates receive throughout the year. Assignments range from research and memos to presentations for a client, from rush assignments to ongoing projects.

Although each office has a slightly different assignment process, we make sure our summer associates receive work in the practice areas that are of interest to them. We do not do a formal rotation, which allows our summer associates to explore various practice areas of their choosing. In addition to work assignments, we encourage participation in "take-alongs," which can include attending hearings, spending the day in court, or sitting in on a transaction closing.

Feedback

Upon the completion of each assignment, summer associates are evaluated by the assigning attorney. In addition, a partner member of the local office hiring committee meets with each summer associate for a midsummer and end-of-summer review.

Social Events

Venable strives to maintain a balance between work and social events for the duration of the summer program. Informal dinners, happy hours, and lunches are some of the best ways for the summer associates to get to know our attorneys. In addition, we host a number of formal events, which vary by office.

Take a Partner to Lunch

The "Take a Partner to Lunch" program encourages summer associates to spend time with partners whose practice areas are of particular interest to the summer associate. Get to know experienced lawyers and enjoy lunch on us.

On Campus Interviews
+

July 20, 2018

Southeastern Minority Job Fair

July 23, 2018

University of Pennsylvania Law School Regional Interview Program in San Francisco

July 25, 2018

Vanderbilt University Law School (NY Office)

July 27, 2018

Law Consortium Interview Program in San Francisco
Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
University of Pennsylvania Law School Regional Interview Program in Los Angeles

July 30, 2018

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Fordham University School of Law

July 31, 2018

Brooklyn Law School
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law

August 1, 2018

Duke University School of Law
Loyola Law School
New York Law School
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Vanderbilt University Law School (DC Office)
Washington & Lee University School of Law

August 2, 2018

Georgetown University Law Center
UCLA School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Southern California Gould School of Law

August 3, 2018

Northeastern Region BLSA Job Fair

August 4, 2018

Western Region BLSA Job Fair

August 6, 2018

George Mason University School of Law
Harvard Law School
Howard University School of Law
Stanford Law School
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

August 7, 2018

Catholic University, Columbus School of Law
St. John's University School of Law
University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Richmond School of Law

August 8, 2018

American University Washington College of Law
New York University School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
William & Mary Law School

August 9, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law
The George Washington University School of Law
University of Michigan Law School

August 17, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Region BLSA Job Fair

How to Apply
+

Venable seeks qualified law students whose personal and academic achievements demonstrate a commitment to excellence. These bright, highly motivated individuals will have the opportunity for interesting work in a collegial environment that promotes learning and professional growth. Whether you are a law student looking for a summer position or an entry-level associate looking for a place to begin your legal career, we invite you to take a closer look at our firm.

2L and 3L Summer Associates

Second- and third-year students currently enrolled at a law school where we conduct on-campus interviews should apply through their law school's career placement office. If we are not visiting your school campus, please send your resume and transcripts to our Recruiting Department (see below for contact information). While a majority of our class comes from our OCI process, we do accept write-ins. These applications are generally considered from August 1 to December 31.

1L Summer Associates

We typically fill our class with second-year students, so we have a limited number of summer associate positions for first-year students. We generally consider these applications from December 1 to February 28.

The Interview Process

A candidate should submit his or her resume and transcripts through the career services office or to the proper legal recruiting contact for the office in which he or she is interested. Screening interviews are held for qualified candidates either on campus or in the office. Eligible candidates may be invited for a call-back visit to meet with additional members of the firm.

If you are invited to the firm to interview, you will be contacted by our Professional Development & Recruiting Department to schedule a mutually convenient in-office interview. Call-back interviews generally last two to three hours, and, typically, you will meet with attorneys for approximately thirty minutes each. If you are interested in particular practice areas or have questions that may be best addressed by particular lawyers, please let us know and we will work hard to accommodate those requests.

If we invite you back to the office, we will reimburse you for interview expenses or share them with other firms. Reimbursable expenses may include airfare, train fare, ground transportation, and hotel accommodations, as well as mileage, tolls, and parking. We do not reimburse candidates for preliminary interviews.

Following your interview, your recruiter will let you know when you should expect to hear from us. The Hiring Committee makes an effort to get back to each candidate as quickly as possible.

We encourage candidates to contact their recruiter to schedule a return visit and indicate whether they would like to meet with lawyers in a specific practice area or from a specific diverse background.

Professional Development & Recruiting Contact:

Kathleen E. Crabtree
Recruiting Assistant
+1 202.344.4111
kecrabtree@Venable.com

FAQs
+

How many summer associates are in the summer program?

Each year, the summer associate class size varies, depending on anticipated need and current capacity.

What is your assignment process and what type of work will I be doing?

We have associate coordinators in each office that distribute work assignments and help summer associates integrate into the firm. We encourage our summer associates to work with those coordinators, as well as other attorneys at the firm, to obtain work assignments from practice areas in which they are interested. In addition, summer associates are encouraged to accompany attorneys on matters such as mediations, depositions, trials, client meetings and conference calls, deal closings, and community and professional functions. By the end of the summer, a summer associate will have worked on projects for a variety of different practice areas throughout the firm.

How long is the summer program?

The summer associate program lasts a total of ten weeks.

Is there a mentor program in place for summer associates?

Venable assigns a partner mentor and an associate mentor to each summer associate, to act as a resource to help him or her integrate into the firm and answer any questions that may come up. Beyond the mentor relationships, we have partners provide feedback on work assignments to the summer associates, as well as advice about overall performance.

What types of social activities are offered?

The firm has a variety of activities planned that will allow our attorneys and the summer associates to get to know one another. Past activities have included informal dinners at partners' homes, weekly lunches, baseball games, happy hours, an annual pro bono reception, and a dinner for the summer associates hosted by our board members. Some additional features of the summer program include "Take a Partner to Lunch" and "take-alongs" with attorneys in the firm. Take-alongs can include attending hearings, spending the day in court, or sitting in on a deposition or transaction closing.

What is the atmosphere of the firm on a day-to-day basis?

The atmosphere at Venable is encouraging and collegial, as well as challenging and stimulating. We value our friendly, team-oriented work environment, which encourages professional development, good associate-partner relationships, and early client contact. Our firm's friendly atmosphere, coupled with a high level of professionalism, provides an environment that promotes learning and professional satisfaction.

Venable is proud to be a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and is excited to host scholars in our Washington, Baltimore, New York, and Los Angeles offices. The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers diverse law students who will have completed their first year of law school by May 2018 the opportunity to spend a summer working side by side with attorneys from LCLD member organizations.

Our 1L LCLD scholars will split their time between Venable and a corporate partner in each of our offices. Throughout the summer, scholars will receive real work assignments on behalf of real clients – the same type of assignments our junior associates receive throughout the year. Assignments range from research and formal memos to client presentations and rush assignments. In addition, scholars will participate in "take-alongs," which may include attending hearings, spending the day in court, or sitting in on a transaction closing. A ten-week commitment during the summer is required.

We maintain a balance between work and social events during the course of the summer program. Informal dinners, happy hours, and group outings are some of the best ways for scholars to get to know our attorneys. In addition, our "Take a Partner to Lunch" program encourages scholars to spend time with partners whose practice areas they find particularly interesting. Our goal is for scholars to end the summer with a wealth of new connections, mentors, and an accurate sense of what life is like as a first-year associate.

Corporate Partners
+

Fannie Mae (Washington, DC)

Fannie Mae provides access to affordable mortgage credit in communities across our nation. It is the leading source of funding for housing in America, enabling more people to buy or rent a home. As a government-sponsored enterprise, with a federal charter and a congressional mission, Fannie Mae often confronts unique legal issues in both litigation and transactional settings, frequently involving issues of major policy significance. Fannie Mae has a sophisticated and diverse in-house legal department that supports the business on a wide range of legal issues, including antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, corporate governance, employment, litigation, privacy, real estate, regulatory, securities and securitization, and tax.

Spend a portion of your summer getting to know the lawyers who face these issues. Learn what it’s like to be on the inside and how it contrasts to being outside counsel. During your tenure, you will have an opportunity to work on matters that cut across Fannie Mae’s business lines and legal areas. Typical assignments include researching legal issues that arise in pending litigation, reviewing and revising contracts, assisting with the preparation of SEC disclosures, research and analysis of issues underlying real estate secured financing, and analysis of state and federal regulatory issues. Law clerks are invited to attend court hearings and depositions that take place during the clerkship period, and to participate in meetings with Fannie Mae’s business units.

Jukin Media (Los Angeles, CA)

Our Los Angeles corporate partner is Jukin Media. Located in Culver City, Jukin aggregates, distributes, and licenses user-generated content. Its legal department handles in-bound and out-bound licensing issues, intellectual property enforcement, employment, and all other things that the successful LA start-up encounters.

How to Apply
+

Applications can be submitted through our Legal Professional Opportunities section. Please include a resume, transcript, and cover letter.

For additional assistance, please contact the applicable office recruiter:

Baltimore 

Maria Krupinsky
Legal Recruiting Manager
+1 410.244.7813
mkrupinsky@Venable.com

Los Angeles and San Francisco

Kara Barnachea
Recruiting Coordinator
+1 310.229.9978
kbarnachea@Venable.com

New York

Noelle Kellogg
Senior Recruiting Coordinator
+1 212.503.0673
nekellogg@Venable.com

Washington and Tysons 

D'Esprit Smith
Senior Recruiting Coordinator
+1 202.344.4806
desmith@Venable.com

 

View our legal professional opportunities.