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Baker Donelson's Summer Associate Program is the primary channel through which we grow the Firm. This comprehensive program is designed to give interested law students a realistic view of what we do and the culture of Baker Donelson. You are our future.

Baker Donelson's summer associate program imparts a realistic view of the practice and culture of our Firm. 

Our summer associates experience diverse, challenging assignments across a wide range of practice areas. They can also expect structured, personalized feedback throughout the assignments, and they have the opportunity to attend trials, hearings, depositions, negotiations and client conferences.

The Firm assigns a shareholder and associate mentor to each summer associate to ensure individual attention and instruction, and to encourage positive growth on a personal and professional level. We also offer training programs designed specifically for our summer associates, as well as firm-wide litigation and corporate programs for our associate attorneys. Our summer associates are invited to all firm-wide training and practice group training which takes place throughout the summer.

Each office plans a number of social events to give summer associates the opportunity to interact with attorneys in a relaxed and informal setting. Many of our events are geared towards families. Typical events include community service projects, professional baseball games, shrimp boils, bowling tournaments, cooking classes with chefs such as Susan Spicer, kickball tournaments, wine tastings, lunches with city and county officials, private museum tours, scavenger hunts, cooking contests, trivia nights, progressive dinners, and lake trips.

The average number of summer associates per office is four, though our hiring needs are evaluated annually and class size may vary from year to year. While our primary source of growth is through our summer associate program, we do not hire more summer associates than we believe we will be able to accommodate as associates. In the past, we have made offers to the overwhelming majority of summer associates. We require six-week clerkships. The dates of our summer program vary by office location. Most of our 2019 programs begin Monday, May 13, 2019 through June 21, 2019. Salaries range from $1,200 - $2,100 per week depending on the office.

Baker Donelson participates in fall and spring on-campus interviews and job fairs. To view our OCI schedule please click on the On-Campus Recruiting Schedule link.

In 2019, we will have 2L summer associate programs in our Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Houston, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville offices. If you wish to apply for our 2019 program and you attend a law school where we do not conduct OCIs, we encourage you to send your resume, a cover letter indicating your office of interest, and an updated transcript to our Director of Recruiting, Rebecca Simon.

In the Spring, the Firm also hires three diverse 1L law students as part of the 2019 LCLD Scholars Program. Baker Donelson has been a member of the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity since its inception in 2009 and is deeply committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession. To apply for these positions, candidates must send their resume, a cover letter indicating their office of interest, and an updated transcript listing first semester grades to Helen Beasley, Recruiting Assistant, by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and all employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity and marital status.

Diversity Recruitment Efforts

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has a firm-wide commitment to minority hiring, retention and opportunities. The Firm participates in the Southeastern Minority Job Fair in Atlanta, the Lavender Law Fair, and the Nashville Bar Association Damali Booker Job Fair.

 
Family I've Grown Up In: Scott D. Carey Shareholder

"Baker Donelson is a family I've grown up in, starting as a runner while in college. I clerked each summer during law school and then became an associate. I recently completed a eight-year tenure as the Nashville office managing shareholder and feel very fortunate to be part of this great group of people."

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