We hire law students who have outstanding academic credentials, diverse backgrounds, and a strong desire to become excellent attorneys. Our goal is to recruit and develop colleagues that will contribute to our firm culture of teamwork, mutual support, and a commitment to excellence in the practice of law. In other words, we look for students who have a strong desire to do what we do - work collaboratively, creatively and vigorously to represent the needs and interests of our clients.
The goal of our summer program is to provide each summer associate with training, mentoring, and a real life work experience so that they have a greater appreciation for the practice of law in general and at Vorys in particular. As a summer associate, you will perform the same work as one of our young associates, you will be challenged, and you will leave with a true understanding of what it means to be a lawyer at Vorys.
Each fall, we devote considerable effort to selecting second-year law students for our summer program. Our lawyers interview law students at many law school campuses, and we encourage exceptional students attending other law schools to submit resumes via career service resume drops or by contacting us directly.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
The Summer Program
Our summer associate program runs for a total of 10 weeks. While the specific dates vary slightly year to year, the summer program usually starts on the Tuesday after Memorial Day and concludes the last week in July or the first week in August. As a summer associate, you will participate in a broad and exciting range of legal work, and you will get to know our attorneys, our clients, and our communities.
In each of our offices, we offer highly competitive salaries and benefits. Please click here to learn more.
Assignments, Feedback and Mentoring
To ensure a wide range of experiences and exposure to a number of our attorneys, you will receive work from different practice groups and will work on a number of matters in different areas of the law. We also encourage summer associates to share with us their interests and to seek out work from attorneys practicing in those areas. On any given day, a summer associate may research a new area of the law, draft a motion or other document, assist lawyers in interviewing or preparing witnesses, or work with a team to strategize about a corporate or commercial deal.
As a summer associate you will work with many different attorneys; however, all of your assignments are routed through your designated associate mentor. Your associate mentor will monitor your work load, assist with questions, and provide guidance and feedback. One of our goals is to maximize the learning experience by providing each summer associate with prompt and constructive feedback. In addition, you will be assigned a partner mentor who will facilitate your introduction to the firm, answer questions about the firm and its various practice groups, and provide hands-on work experience.
Summer associates also have the opportunity to experience first-hand our commitment to public service and community involvement. In years past, summer associates have assisted on pro bono cases related to the civil Gideon project (advocating for the right to counsel in certain civil proceedings where fundamental rights are at stake), international missing children cases (providing legal assistance under the Hague Convention to custodial parents whose children have been abducted by the non-custodial parent), Individuals with Disabilities Act cases (providing legal representation to low-income, special needs children to obtain for them a meaningful and free public education), and death penalty cases.
Education and Training
Our commitment to education and training begins with the summer associate program. At the beginning of each summer, all summer associates gather in Columbus for an intensive, multi-day seminar that focuses on practical skills (legal research, writing, and analysis), firm administration and management, and an introduction to our seven core practice groups. At other times during the summer, you will attend seminars and/or lunch meetings on various topics such as community service, bar exam preparation, and in-house training programs such as taking and defending depositions, engaging in effective negotiations, and drafting contracts. You will also be introduced to dynamic members of the legal community from outside of the firm during visits to client facilities, lunches with judges, and meetings with other public officials.
We also place a high priority on informal training and education. Our attorneys take great pride in the informal training and mentoring relationships that often develop while working together. You may be asked to attend depositions, closings, hearings, and/or client meetings that relate to the work you did over the summer.
In addition to working with you, we want you to fully experience the communities where we practice and to have fun with your colleagues. A number of social events will be planned that allow you and our lawyers to get to know one another outside the office in more relaxed settings. These activities include concerts, sporting events, museum and gallery tours, dinner parties, and wine tastings, among others. In addition, our summer associates are regularly invited to join our attorneys for informal lunches and after-work socializing. One of the highlights of the summer is the annual summer associate overnight trip which in past years has included stays in Hocking Hills, white water rafting in West Virginia, and trips to the Wilds.
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In 2005, the Ohio legal community said goodbye to one of its most beloved members, George Corey. George was an extremely talented attorney who was respected and admired by his colleagues and clients alike for his legal ability, civic involvement, and dedication to recruiting the "best and brightest" for the Vorys firm from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences. In George’s honor and to continue his legacy, Vorys has established a scholarship of $10,000 for law students of color whose spirit, drive and commitment leads them to pursue a career in the legal profession and who have demonstrated leadership in improving the quality of life in their communities and/or schools.
Eligibility and Award
To be eligible, applicants must be second-year law students of color. In order to receive the scholarship, an applicant must be offered and must accept a position of summer employment at one of Vorys’ offices in Ohio. The recipient will receive $5,000 at the conclusion of the summer of employment, and an additional $5,000 if full time employment with the firm after graduation is offered and the recipient accepts. The requisite ancestry for applicants includes African-American, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander and/or Hispanic.
Applications should be completed and submitted by July 30, 2014. Decisions regarding the scholarship will be made in the Fall of 2014. Students may submit their applications by mail or email (PDF):
Mail Diversity Committee c/o Ryan Daniels Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP 52 East Gay Street P.O. Box 1008 Columbus, OH 43216-1008
George Corey Scholarship Application
Please provide a transcript, resume, writing sample and a personal statement of 300 words or less describing your interest in the practice of law and your current/past leadership roles in benefitting your school and/or community. Also, please indicate in your cover letter whether you have signed up for, or intend to sign up for, an on-campus interview with Vorys (an on-campus interview is not required to be eligible for this scholarship).
Law students interested in positions in any of our offices should direct their resumes and inquiries to:
Bobbi J. Shoemaker
Legal Recruiting Coordinator
52 East Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215