Law Students FAQ

What do we look for in a summer clerk?

While academic performance is important, we look beyond the paper record of its potential associates and seeks summer clerks who are the right fit for our firm. We look for well-rounded individuals who display motivation, maturity, creativity, interpersonal skills and independence.

How many summer clerks are hired?

We typically hire 8-12 summer clerks firm wide (with 6-8 clerks in Denver) after an annual assessment  our office and practice group needs. The offices that generally have a summer program are: Denver, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Boulder and Boise.

Can first year law students apply for the summer program?

We do not accept 1L applications. The Denver office  participates in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity 1L Summer Clerkship program with the University of Denver and the University of Colorado and has hired at least one diverse 1L student for each of the past 16 years.

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 expose clerks to the kinds of billable work you can expect as a new associate. You will receive valuable, regular feedback on your projects and experience what it is really like to work at our firm. Summer clerks can pick and choose from a variety of pro bono projects to experience what it's like to help underserved communities.

Do summer clerks have mentors?

You'll meet people and make friends along the way, but we pair you with several mentors to help you fully integrate into the firm. Supervisors monitor their clerks' workloads, answer questions, troubleshoot, and review written product. Associate buddies help you assimilate into the firm, making sure you are comfortable and feel at home. Partner mentors ensure that you have a meaningful work experience and can share a wealth of knowledge and insight into both the firm and the practice of law.variety of pro bono projects to experience what it's like to help underserved communities.

What kind of training is offered to summer clerks?

All summer clerks gather in the Denver for an initial two or three day orientation. In addition to on-the-job training and mentoring, summer clerks can attend a wide variety of firm and practice group training programs and meetings. Summer clerks are encouraged to participate in our online Learning Management System offerings. Summer clerks also meet (some virtually) 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?

It's not all about work! Social events can include happy hours/wine tasting, picnics, cooking classes, outdoor adventures (hiking, camping, biking, horseback riding), and Holland & Hart Foundation volunteer projects.

How much are summer clerks paid?

Salary varies based on the regional markets of each office, but summer clerks typically earn the equivalent of a first year associates salary in that office. 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, so we strongly discouraging splitting your time with another firm.

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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