Each summer associate is assigned an advisor (mentor) for the summer. The advisor’s role is to provide feedback and direction throughout the summer. They not only assist with assignments and projects, but help the summer associate integrate into our culture and assimilate our core values.
Law students spending the summer with the firm encounter many of the same real life experiences as our practicing lawyers, such as, observing and participating in litigation discovery, client meetings, depositions, court hearings, negotiations, closings, arbitrations and trials.
In addition to many challenging substantive assignments, our summer associates take part in Fowler White University. This program offers practical courses not taught in law school, yet essential for successful lawyers, particularly in a private law firm setting. The courses are varied and include offerings such as, “Billing Essentials”, “How to Order Wine at a Business Dinner:, and “How to Make Good Writers Great”.
As if the summer is not exciting enough, the social calendar is never dull. We organize social activities that present ideal opportunities for our summer associates to get to know our lawyers and the community. The social activities may include museum tours, golf outings, boat cruises, beach days, performing arts events, theme park days, sporting events and private parties at our lawyers' homes.
Building relationships, community involvement and encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset, are crucial elements in the development of what makes a lawyer successful at FWB.