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FAQs

  1. How do I apply for a summer associate position?
    You may sign up through your law school career services to meet us at OCI. If we do not visit your school for OCI, you can submit an application for employment online.
  2. Who should I address my cover letter to?
    Your cover letter should be addressed to our hiring partner, Laura Morris.
  3. What is a typical callback interview like?
    If you receive a callback interview at one of our offices, you will be invited to have dinner with us the night prior to interviews. You will then have an opportunity to see our office and meet with a variety of lawyers through three short interviews, followed by lunch.
  4. What are the travel expense guidelines?
    The firm will coordinate travel with you (air/mileage) and will pay for hotel accommodations if needed. We use NALP Reimbursement Guidelines, and ask that you submit your expenses including other law firms you visited on the same trip.
  5. Can I apply to more than one office?
    Yes you can. We typically hire the majority of our summer associates work in the Grand Rapids or Southfield offices, but we do hire other summer associates in our other regional offices from time to time.
  6. What is the length of your summer program?
    Ten weeks, usually beginning the third week in May.
  7. Which office locations hire summer associates?
    Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland and Macomb.
  8. Do you provide housing for summer associates?
    The firm can assist you by sending you housing options, but you are responsible for finding and paying for your own housing.
  9. What is the compensation for summer associates?
    $2115 weekly, paid bi-weekly.
  10. Do you allow summer splits?
    Splitting summers is allowed for summer associates who were previously employed at the firm as a 1L summer associate.
  11. How many summer associates does the firm typically have?
    Eight to ten summer associates.
  12. Do you hire 1L summer associates?
    Yes, however we hire a limited number and have a much larger group of 2L summer associates.
  13. What type of technology will I need to bring with me as a summer associate?
    We will provide all technology you need.
  14. What is your policy on judicial clerkships?
    Students are able to accept judicial clerkships following graduation, and are able to return to the firm at the conclusion of the clerkship to join us as an associate.
  15. What type of training can I expect as a summer associate?
    Most training will come through working with attorneys on projects, attending court hearings and client meetings with attorneys, as well as internal professional development programs.
  16. Do summer associates receive mentors?
    Each summer associate receives three mentors of varying seniority. These mentors will be available to help with all of your summer needs, ranging from helping with a project to answering questions.
  17. How are summer associates assigned work?
    Through a system called the “job jar,” where associates have access to projects from a variety of practice areas, attorneys and offices. See more about the job jar here.
  18. How do summer associates receive project feedback?
    Summer associates receive a formal written evaluation from the assigning attorney for every project. There is a mid-summer evaluation meeting with Warner’s recruiting committee leadership halfway through the summer program.
  19. How does Warner make offers to associates?
    1L summer associates are considered for a one week return for the following summer. 2L summer associates are considered for an associate offer to join our firm as a first year associate following graduation and this decision is made shortly after the 2L summer program ends.
  20. Do you hire 3Ls?
    If we are hiring 3Ls it would be posted in our open positions. Visit our job postings page in our Career section of the website.
  21. What are the yearly billable hour requirement for associates?
    We have a 1,750 associate billable hour requirement.
  22. Where can I learn about firm initiatives, such as diversity and inclusion?
    Warner publishes a Diversity + Inclusion Annual Report every year, highlighting various initiatives and people who make Warner a great place to be. In addition, we have a website section devoted to our diversity and inclusion efforts you can visit here.
  23. How is the firm involved in the communities in which it serves?
    Warner has a community relations committee dedicated to supporting local charities and organizations in a variety of areas. Visit our Community Stewardship website page to learn about the various community endeavors in which we are involved.

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