Potter Anderson seeks candidates with excellent academic achievements who demonstrate effective communication skills and professionalism. The firm’s summer associate program plays the primary role in our recruitment of new, full-time associates and is designed to provide summer associates with a realistic view of what life is like as an associate with the firm. Summer associates are given challenging assignments from real cases, where they work hand in hand with the firm’s attorneys and staff. Another critical component of the summer program is to expose summer associates to our firm culture and life in Wilmington. To accomplish this goal, the summer program includes both social and community activities structured to provide summer associates with opportunities to get to know the attorneys at Potter Anderson and to learn about the Wilmington area and its many social and cultural attractions.
To recruit candidates for the summer associate program, we conduct individual interviews of second-year students at a number of law schools in an area extending roughly from Boston to North Carolina (On-Campus Interviews). We accept applications from second-year students at other law schools located throughout the nation. We also consider applications from exceptional first-year students. In addition, we participate annually in a number of legal job fairs, including the Delaware and Philadelphia Minority Job Fairs.
Candidates invited to visit the firm following a law school or other initial interview are reimbursed for their expenses, and applicants are notified promptly of the firm's decision after an interview at our offices in Wilmington.
Salaries and benefits for summer associates compare favorably to those offered by other major firms in Wilmington and the most prestigious firms in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other large cities. Summer associates are compensated based on a salary of $160,000. First-year associates in 2017 receive a salary of $160,000, a $10,000 stipend and reimbursement of expenses related to the Delaware bar examination.
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