We’re Different. Really.

Be a Better Advocate

Our commitment to growing great trial lawyers begins with The Exceptional Advocate—our nationally recognized training program. During your summer with us you’ll participate in a seven-week arbitration skills workshop based directly on the principles of this acclaimed program. You’ll receive individual coaching and feedback on important skills like direct and cross-examinations, opening statements and closing arguments—all helping you to become a better lawyer faster. The workshop concludes with a little healthy competition in our state-of-the-art courtroom with a motion argument and arbitration against another Summer Associate team.

Give Back

We believe in justice and our representation of those who would otherwise lack access to the court system serves as a profound source of personal and professional satisfaction. That is why we generously count all associate’s pro bono work toward their billable hour requirement without a cap. As a Summer Associate, you will work on pro bono matters helping firm attorneys solve problems for people who might not otherwise have access to a lawyer. 

Real Work for Real Clients

We search out the most talented law students for our summer program so that we are confident they will add value to our teams. Summer Associates participate in helping us address complex and challenging legal issues. Typical assignments include conducting research and writing legal memos, drafting letters to clients and opposing counsel, and drafting motions.

Be a Better Writer

As a Summer Associate you will get feedback from the assigning attorney that focuses on both your writing and legal analysis. Suggestions on how to improve your next assignment will be included along with every evaluation you receive. You will meet with our best attorney writers and teachers three times during the summer. These meetings will cover organization, analysis, sentence and paragraph structure, artful and effective use of case law and facts, style and more.

We Rank

When you work with the best, you become the best. Our standard for excellence challenges our Summer Associates to bring their A-game. We invite you to share in our success. 

The American Lawyer A-List

The American Lawyer, June 2014

 A List

The American Lawyer has named Robins Kaplan LLP to its 2014 A-List. The A-List is made up of the top 20 firms in the nation. Measurements included revenue per lawyer, pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity.

Summer Associate Program and Training Rankings
  • The American Lawyer, Summer Associate Survey (2012 & 2013)
    Ranked #1 in Minneapolis based on feedback from Summer Associates on interest level of the work, how much of it was “real,” training, interactions with attorneys, communication of firm goals, accuracy of firm’s portrait of self in interviews, overall rating as a place to work, and inclination to accept a job if offered one.

  • 2013 Vault 100 Law Firm Survey—Training (October 2012)
    Our firm ranked among the top 25 law firms in the country for formal training and professional development for the fifth consecutive year.

  • 2012 Vault Top 100 Law Firm Survey (July 2011)

    #1 for Pro Bono
    #3 for Training and Hours
    #20 for Overall Diversity  #11 for Diversity with Respect to Minorities

Find out more about our Rankings and Recognition.

Real Work. Real Life.

Our vibrant, multi-discipline, nationally known practice reflects a shared purpose of excellence, community service, and a firm-wide commitment to justice. We enjoy a host of social activities designed to help us get to know each other and to have fun. Summer socials include events like: baseball games, cooking school, associate home tours, bowling and smaller gatherings with partners. Learn more about Associate Life

Summer Clerkship Compensation

Compensation for our Summer Associates is competitive.  Summer Associates can expect to earn just slightly less than a prorated portion of a first-year associate’s salary. As an example, our 2015 Summer Associates in the Minneapolis office earned $9,000 per month. 


In 2016, our Minneapolis, Boston and Los Angeles offices will host Summer Associates.


In 2016, our program will start on May 23rd and end on July 29th.