The American Lawyer
and Reuters recently covered McGuireWoods’ 2021 summer associate program.
While many Big Law firms have again opted for virtual programs,
McGuireWoods has offered students the opportunity to participate in an
As outlined in a
May 27, 2021, story in The American Lawyer, firms have taken
different approaches to summer associate programs for the second year in a
row due to COVID-19. Virtual and hybrid programs remain popular, but
McGuireWoods is among firms that have taken measures for in-person
participation. The firm’s 10-week program started May 17 and includes 43
associates from 28 law schools who will work across practices at 14
June 1, 2021, Q&A published by Reuters, McGuireWoods Chicago partner and national recruiting
Angelo Russo shared how in-person interactions benefit the summer associates.
Russo said collegiality, a core value of the firm, is important for summer
associates to experience firsthand “to the extent that we can make it
possible.” He added that another benefit of working together in person is
the firm’s open-door policy, which affords summer associates valuable
learning opportunities that may get lost in a virtual setting.
In planning this year’s program, the firm also took into account feedback
from the firm’s 2020 summer associate program. “There were some stories on
what we did last year,” Russo said of the positive response to
2020 summer program, which prompted summer associates to ask about in-person opportunities