Law Students FAQ

What do we look for in a summer clerk?
We look for well-rounded individuals who have demonstrated academic success and display motivation, maturity, creativity, interpersonal skills and independence.
How many summer clerks are hired?
The number of summer clerks in any class is dependent upon an annual assessment our office and practice group needs. In 2020, Holland & Hart had 19 summer clerks in the following offices: Boise, Cheyenne, DC, Denver/Boulder, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City. Please review the Law Student application page for more details regarding 2021 opportunities.
Can first year law students apply for the summer program?

The Denver office participates in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity 1L Summer Clerkship program with the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, and the University of Wyoming. We typically hire two students from the Pledge program. The firm also hosts a 1L Diverse Summer Experience program in partnership with firm clients. For more information about these programs, please visit our website in January.

What type of work does a summer clerk do?

Summer clerks perform a variety of work based on the needs of the practice groups. While much of the work is research and writing, our goal is to provide clerks with the kinds of billable work one would expect as a new associate. You will receive real-time feedback on your projects and experience what it is really like to work at our firm. Summer clerks can also select from a variety of pro bono projects to be a part of Holland & Hart’s commitment to helping under-served communities.

Do summer clerks have mentors?
Yes. Mentorship is imbedded in the Holland & Hart culture. Each summer clerk becomes part of a summer team that is comprised of a partner mentor, a supervisor, and 2-4 attorney buddies. Partner mentors ensure that clerks have meaningful work experiences, and they are also eager to share their knowledge and insight into the firm and the practice of law. Supervisors monitor their clerks' workloads, answer questions, troubleshoot, review written product, and provide ongoing feedback. Attorney buddies help clerks by being there as a resource for meeting people, answering questions, providing guidance and support, and making sure our clerks feel at home at Holland & Hart. In addition to the assigned summer team, there are many opportunities for clerks to develop additional mentoring relationships with attorneys from around the firm.
What kind of training is offered to summer clerks?
All summer clerks participate in an initial two to three-day orientation. Beyond the on-the-job training and mentoring that is inherent in the program, summer clerks are invited to attend a variety of firm and practice group training programs and meetings. Summer clerks also meet throughout the summer for lunch programs on topics ranging from substantive law to law firm life.
Are there social events for summer clerks outside of work?

Yes! Social activities and networking events are designed to broaden your connections within the firm and provide opportunities to learn more about each other outside of work. Activities may include cooking classes, sporting events, dinners, karaoke, outdoor adventure days, concerts, and Holland & Hart Foundation volunteer projects. In 2020, all social activities were virtual due to the remote working environment and included a trivia night, scavenger hunt, cooking class, paint-along, mixology class, and cell phone bingo.

How much are summer clerks paid?

Summer clerks typically earn the equivalent of a first-year associate’s salary in the office in which they are working, as compensation varies by regional markets. Please refer to the information we provide to NALP.

Can summer clerks split their time with another firm?

Participation in the full summer program is mutually beneficial for both summer clerks and members of the firm. It is our recommendation and preference that clerks avoid splitting their summers and instead plan to participate in the full summer program.

How long is the summer program?

The summer program starts in mid-May, typically on the Monday before Memorial Day weekend, and lasts for ten weeks.


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