Careers | Summer Associates

The Summer Associate Program at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP trains and mentors some of the legal profession’s most talented future trial lawyers. Since 2003, we have welcomed summer associates into an environment that encourages collegiality, integrity and advocacy at its best.

Note: We have filled all available positions for Summer 2023.

How the Program Works
Each fall, we invite talented second-year law students to participate in an intensive 10-week Summer Associate Program at our Chicago office. Candidates undergo a rigorous and highly selective interview process. We select summer associates based on their outstanding scholarship and character, proven leadership and interpersonal skills, dedicated development of advocacy and trial skills, and passionate commitment to trial work.

Summer associates become part of the team at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Two mentors—a partner and an associate—provide personal guidance for each summer associate, while they work on a variety of projects with attorneys across multiple practice areas. Derived from our full-time associate review process, summer associates receive a mid-summer and end-of-summer review tracking their progress. We also encourage summer associates to join in the firm’s social activities such as intramural sports teams, golf outings, cocktail receptions, formal dinners and special summer program events.

Gain Valuable Experience
Summer associates receive daily opportunities to acquire hands-on trial skills that may include:

  • Conducting legal and medical research
  • Drafting all varieties of motions, memoranda of law, correspondence, motions in limine, jury instructions, reports, case evaluations and articles
  • Interacting with clients and opposing counsel
  • Appearing for proceedings in state and federal court
  • Assisting with and sitting in on depositions
  • Preparing for, participating in and observing trials

For more information about our Summer Associates Program, please send an e-mail to

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