Summer Associate Program

Our summer program provides a unique opportunity for law students to learn firsthand what makes JMBM a great place for lawyers and clients. We hire a small number of students from top law schools across the country to take part in the program in our Los Angeles office. Our summer program is designed to provide the foundation for a long and successful career at JMBM, and summer associates contribute to the high-quality legal work our Firm does every day.

We look for summer associates who are bright, eager to take on responsibility and who bring a diverse perspective. Our summer associates assume an active role as a member of our team, working alongside JMBM attorneys on real matters.

WORK ASSIGNMENTS AND FEEDBACK

Our summer associates contribute to a variety of substantive projects and attend hearings, depositions, client meetings and closings. They work with our attorneys to provide legal solutions for the Firm's clients – an experience similar to that of a first-year associate. Work product from each assignment is evaluated by the assigning attorney, who will provide feedback after the project is completed. Summer associates also receive a mid-summer evaluation to discuss overall progress. Through in-depth assessment, we aim to encourage problem solving, independent thinking and the strong practical skills that will serve our summer associates throughout their careers.

TRAINING AND MENTORING

We are committed to the professional development of our summer associates, and provide a variety of training opportunities in several practice areas; designed to complement law school instruction and develop the professional skills of a practicing attorney. Recent seminars have included Advanced Legal Research, Drafting Motions & Court Appearances, and Financial Accounting.

Summer associates are paired with a mentor to provide guidance throughout the summer and beyond. They help to ease the transition into the office and serve as a valuable resource when challenges and questions arise.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Getting to know our attorneys as individuals is an important component of the summer program. Summer associates have several opportunities throughout the summer to have fun and get acquainted with JMBM lawyers in a social setting – food tasting tours, Dodger games, chef-hosted cooking classes and numerous informal dinners and barbeques give summers a chance to discover shared interests and build relationships with each other and members of the Firm.

WHY SUMMER ASSOCIATES CHOOSE JMBM

Daniel Carper “My summer at JMBM was a fantastic and rewarding experience. Having spoken to friends about their summers in some larger law firms, two things made my time at JMBM stand out from theirs. First, all of my assignments were real, meaningful tasks done for sophisticated clients, not make-work projects. Second, JMBM’s size fosters a uniquely collegial environment. Partners and associates welcomed me into their offices and even their homes. It is easy to see why many attorneys choose to spend their entire careers at JMBM, and I am certainly where I want to start my own.”

Daniel Carper
2014 Summer Associate
USC School of Law



Jessica Newman “The combination of JMBM’s size and caliber is unbeatable, providing a combination of cutting-edge work in an atmosphere that fosters collegiality. As a summer associate, my experience was unrivaled. From depositions to Dodgers games, we’ve seen it all. I was able to do substantive work and received feedback from partners as well as senior and junior associates. Everyone at the Firm is committed to ensuring that our summer associates have an experience that is both enjoyable and beneficial. My skills as a lawyer have improved tremendously.”

Jessica Newman
2014 Summer Associate
Duke University School of Law



Afua Adjei “My summer at JMBM was everything I hoped for. The associates, partners and professional staff are all so supportive. As a summer associate, I received real work assignments and constructive feedback on my work. It was great when I wrote an article with a partner and I was credited in the publication! The difference between law school and working as an associate is responsibility – the work I do now directly impacts clients in an important way. By challenging me as a summer associate with assignments from different practice groups, JMBM ensured that I would be ready for the responsibility I would be given early in my career. The best part about the program is that there was no “bait and switch” – my experience as a summer associate fully prepared me for what I would be doing when I returned to the Firm as an associate.”

Afua Adjei
2013 Summer Associate
Stanford Law School



Lauren Babst “My summer at JMBM was a truly exceptional experience. The size of the firm and the diverse array of practice areas proved for an exciting and rewarding summer. I was able to try out working in different areas of law and for different partners, and I was able to meet and get to know those I did not get a chance to work with at the many fun events over the summer. The summer flew by too quickly, but it was an amazing experience where I was able to learn firsthand what it means to be an attorney at the firm. JMBM encourages and fosters growth in a supportive environment, and it's no surprise that many attorneys have stayed and spent most of their careers at the firm. JMBM is truly unique and it is where I look forward to developing my career as an attorney.”

Lauren Babst
2015 Summer Associate
University of Michigan Law School


How to Apply

Please check our On-Campus Interview Schedule below and sign -up to meet a representative of JMBM at your law school. Our summer program is offered only in the Los Angeles office. If your campus is not listed below or if you are unable to meet with us while we are on campus, we encourage you to send us your resume, transcript, and a writing sample. Please submit your application to recruiting@jmbm.com.

On-Campus Interview Dates
  • UC Berkeley School of Law - August 2, 2017
  • UCLA School of Law - August 3, 2017
  • Duke Law School - August 3, 2017
  • USC Gould School of Law - August 4, 2017
  • Stanford Law School - August 8, 2017