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. 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:

Brigid Mahoney | UCLA 2018 | Los Angeles Summer Associate
“My summer experience at Irell was truly enriching. From the very start, I worked on meaningful assignments that dealt with interesting clients and legal issues. Although I was initially nervous about my lack of background in intellectual property, both partners and associates warmly taught me what I needed to know and made me feel comfortable tackling assignments in areas of law that were new to me. I was immediately struck by the impressive caliber of lawyers at Irell, and felt very grateful to be able to work with and learn from them. Additionally, I enjoyed the genuine collegial atmosphere of the firm, both in the office and at social events. One of my summer highlights outside the office was the weekend trip to Catalina Island, where I was able to get to know my fellow summer associates in a fun and beautiful setting. I can't wait to return!”

Andreas Petasis | Chicago 2018 | Los Angeles Summer Associate
“I loved my summer at Irell. As someone who is interested in litigation, I cannot imagine a better experience. The firm gave me the opportunity to be involved in a variety of active cases, and I learned a lot about what it means to be an effective litigator. We even had the chance to run our own mock trial and see a mock jury deliberate over our presentations. The attorneys at Irell are dedicated to giving summer associates a rewarding and meaningful summer, and I was thankful to be a part of it. Not only that, the summer program is a lot of fun. I had the chance to see a lot of what Los Angeles has to offer. Along with lunches and dinners, we did karaoke, saw stand-up comedy, and even took a weekend trip to Catalina Island. I learned a lot about Irell’s culture and got to know the people at the firm. I’m excited to go back!”

Claire Hutar | Northwestern 2018 | Los Angeles Summer Associate
“I could not have asked for a better summer at Irell. Due to my professed interest in transactional law, I was given the opportunity to work across a variety of transactional practice areas. This allowed me to get a holistic sense of the group’s culture and workflow. The partners and associates I worked with became excellent mentors, teaching me how to draft transactional documents, how to think about complex legal issues, and how to communicate effectively. Beyond my assignments, I was able to bond with current attorneys and my fellow summer associates through a variety of social events, ranging from dinners to wine tastings to overnight trips. Based on my amazing summer experience, I am so excited to return!”