Summer Program

Our summer program is designed to allow summer associates to explore any areas of our practice, experience client meetings, corporate closings, court hearings, depositions and trials, and work with many of the firm's attorneys. Each summer associate is assigned to an "anchor" case or transaction that he or she follows closely through the summer, while also working with other attorneys on other matters. The goal is for summer associates to end the summer with a sense of what practicing as an attorney at Irell & Manella is really like.

To educate summer associates about Irell & Manella, we host a series of informational programs. Last year’s programs included lunch with the Managing Partner, Legends of the Firm, Trademark Year in Review, Pro Bono at Irell, IP at I&M and Art Law at Irell, among others. Summer associates are also invited to the regular attorney CLE, outside speaker events and training sessions that take place during the summer. They also have the opportunity to participate in a mock wrongful death trial of Wyatt Earp that is tried to a jury and presided over by a retired federal judge. Each summer, many of our summer associates handle pro bono matters and community service projects, including adoption proceedings for needy children and their adoptive families.

Another purpose of Irell & Manella's summer program is for summer associates to get acquainted with each other and the firm's attorneys. Summer associates from all offices attend a weekend retreat on Catalina Island. The firm also hosts a firm-wide party at a hotel location central to both offices. Other events have included a kick-off bash at the start of the summer, beach parties and karaoke parties to name a few. Attorneys are also encouraged to enjoy dinner, lunch and other activities with summer associates. In the past, attorneys and summer associates have organized rock climbing outings, surfing classes, cooking classes, rounds of golf, grilled cheese and beer tastings, etc.

Please see what past summer associates have to say about our program:

Michael E. Bowlus | USC 2015 | Los Angeles Summer Associate
"I chose Irell & Manella because of its reputation for developing outstanding litigators. Over the course of my summer, I had the opportunity to work on matters from several of the firm’s practice areas, including entertainment litigation, securities fraud defense, and patent litigation. My assignments involved novel and complex legal issues that were critically important to representing some of the firm’s biggest clients. In addition to discussing my work product with associates and partners, I also participated in strategy meetings and attended one of the depositions for my anchor case. The firm is committed to involving summer associates in all aspects of litigation, and it shows. Irell also makes sure that summer associates get to know attorneys outside of the office. I went to countless events—including a beer-and-cheese tasting hosted at a partner’s home—that made it fun to socialize with my colleagues. After an exciting and rewarding summer, deciding to come back to Irell was the easiest choice I’ve made in law school."

Dennis Courtney | Harvard 2015 | Newport Beach Summer Associate
"I had a great experience as a summer associate at the Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella. I was given assignments across a wide range of areas, and by the end of the summer, I'd worked with a substantial proportion of the entire office! I learned a lot from experiencing how associates and partners dealt with both high-level strategy and factual and legal analysis. The feedback I was given was extremely helpful in developing my skills. The summer also has a terrific social component. In the scheduled events, I got a chance to meet almost everybody at the firm (including the Century City office) and there were enough impromptu activities that I got to know many people as friends, not just as co-workers. I came away from the summer with a strong sense of what it's like to work at Irell. I can't wait to return."

Kimberly Meyer | Harvard 2015 | Los Angeles Summer Associate
"My summer at Irell was an amazing experience, both in and out of the office. I worked closely with Irell's brilliant partners and associates on a variety of interesting matters. My assignments included persuasive motions as well as research memos, and I even got to contribute to David Nimmer's copyright treatise! I also represented the parents in an adoption proceeding, making my first-ever court appearance at their hearing on Adoption Day. And when I wasn't working, I was having a blast getting to know Irell's lawyers and my fellow summer associates at lunches, dinners, overnight trips to Laguna Niguel and Catalina Island, and outings to the Hollywood Bowl and Six Flags--just to name a few!"

Molly Miller | UCLA 2015 | Los Angeles Summer Associate
"I had an amazing experience as a summer associate at Irell. I was able to work on a variety of matters that challenged and excited me - amongst other assignments, I got to help draft a contract for a pro bono client, perform research for current cases, draft a letter in anticipation of future litigation, and actually engage in client interaction. The summer associates had the opportunity to attend training and information seminars throughout the summer, and we even competed in a summer associate mock trial in Newport. The social events of the summer were just as amazing as the work experience. Not only did I get to attend both a firm-wide retreat and a summer associate retreat, I was able to meet many Irell attorneys during dinners and fun events every week. The Irell summer program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop your skills as an attorney, to become truly integrated in the firm's culture, and to have an extraordinary amount of fun."