Summer Associate Program
Participation in the Summer Associate Program at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP offers:
- Experience at a top reinsurance and insurance law firm
- Collegial work environment
- Challenging assignments
- Opportunity for learning
- No rigid departmental divisions
- Hands-on litigation experience
- Opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way
- Open door policy
- Feedback on performance
- Opportunity to socialize with peers and colleagues
Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP utilizes its Summer Associate Program as its most effective means of recruiting and evaluating its potential first-year associate class for the following year. Each Fall, MCWG visits a number of prominent law schools to invite several students who will have completed two years of law school curriculum by the next Summer to join us and to learn what it is like to be an associate at MCWG. Summer Associates are treated as entry-level attorneys. Typical assignments allow Summer Associates and the firm to evaluate the type of work and work product and to judge the potential for employment at the firm following graduation. Assignments vary from legal research and writing to drafting discovery and motions, conducting document reviews, observing depositions and courtroom activities, and participating as part of a trial team. Summer Associates also are encouraged to take part in MCWG’s accredited CLE program. Because MCWG has an international practice and is national coordinating counsel for several large insurance companies, there are some opportunities for travel.
The Summer Associate Program is not all work, however. A number of social activities are planned throughout the Summer, including luncheons, an evening sail around lower New York Harbor, a Yankees’ game, a bowling night, a cooking class, an evening at the theater and a spirited scavenger hunt.
The on-campus interview is our first opportunity to get to know a candidate. Interviews generally are conducted by one MCWG attorney. Many students who are initially interviewed on campus are invited to come to the firm to interview with additional attorneys, until a final decision is made on our Summer class. Each year we visit:
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Boston College Law School
- Boston University School of Law
- Brooklyn Law School
- Fordham University School of Law
- George Washington University Law School
- Hofstra University School of Law
- Seton Hall University School of Law
- St. John’s University School of Law
We also welcome candidates from other law schools across the country.
Each Summer Associate is assigned to a more senior attorney who serves as a “mentor” throughout the Summer. Although MCWG encourages an open door policy whereby every attorney – from the most senior partner to any associate – is approachable at any time, the mentor is there to address any specific problems or needs of the Summer Associate and to help the individual acclimate to the firm.
Assignments for our Summer Associates are distributed by the firm’s Assignment Committee, which coordinates assignments for all of our associates. The range of assignments for Summer Associates encompasses all of the types of work done by the firm. MCWG encourages our Summer Associates to discuss any case they are working on with the assigning attorney and to seek feedback on assignments. At the end of the Summer, the Summer Associates are evaluated by a formal review process, and it is determined whether the associate will be invited back to begin his or her legal career with MCWG. This decision usually is made by early October. Our goal is that by the end of the Summer, each Summer Associate will know what it is like to be part of MCWG and will be enthusiastic to return.
MCWG seeks individuals who have exhibited academic excellence, and preferably who are involved in an educational extra-curricular activity, such as a journal, moot court, or Legal Aid. MCWG looks for individuals who also have shown talent in non-academic endeavors and who have displayed initiative in meeting challenges. Because many of our cases involve the work of teams of attorneys, it also is important that a candidate enjoy working with others. Ultimately, we select the most highly qualified people who are compatible with our high standards, our emphasis on teamwork, and our general work environment. You may be guided by the following criteria:
- Top 30% required
- Journal preferred
- Moot court preferred
- Insurance-related interest/experience helpful
For further information, please feel free to contact the firm’s executive Director, Peter Blasone, and/or to forward your resume directly to us at:
Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP
One New York Plaza, 44th Floor
New York, New York 10004
Phone: (212) 804-4259
Fax: (212) 344-8066