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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 typically require six-week clerkships. Salaries range from $1,200 – $2,750 per week depending on the office.

Baker Donelson participates in on-campus interviews and job fairs. To view our OCI schedule please click on the On-Campus Recruiting Schedule link. In 2021, we will have 2L summer associate programs in our Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Houston, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans offices.

If you are a 1L or 2L and attend a law school where we do not conduct OCIs and you wish to apply for a position in our 2021 Summer Associate Program, please send your resume, a cover letter indicating your office of interest, and a copy of your recent transcript to Helen Beasley.

The Firm also will hires three diverse 1L law students as part of the 2021 LCLD Scholars Program. Baker Donelson has been a member of the Leadership Council 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 Sunday, January 31, 2021.

 
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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