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Summer Law Clerk Program
Your talent, desire for challenge and drive for excellence have brought you to a cross-roads where you will decide upon the path that launches your legal career. The path you choose will play a key role in what kind of lawyer you will become and what kind of life you will lead. Your “second summer” experience is a critical step down that path.
At KMTG, we provide a rich summer experience designed around three core principles:
- Providing challenging legal work that provides each clerk with the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities with respect to legal and factual analysis, writing, oral presentation, time-management and multi-tasking, client interaction, and ability to work well as a team member.
- Ensuring broad exposure to the firm’s diverse areas of practice and to the individual personalities that define our firm’s overall personality.
- Providing a realistic work experience that enables the firm and each law clerk to undertake an honest assessment of whether our firm is the right fit.
To ensure that each summer law clerk takes maximum advantage of our 10- to 12-week clerking program, we assign an associate to mentor each clerk over the course of the summer. Mentor assignments are made during the formal orientation component of our summer program. The mentor relationship provides our clerks with the kind of informal advice and guidance that helps clerks settle into our program quickly and comfortably.
Following formal orientation, clerks move into their offices and begin taking assignments. The firm’s Summer Clerk Program Coordinator collects assignments from the firm’s attorneys and places them into a binder. Each summer clerk is expected to review the binder on a rolling basis to select assignments. Over the course of the summer, clerks are encouraged to select assignments that result in broad exposure to as many practice areas and as many of the firm’s attorneys as possible. Certain initial assignments will lead to one or more follow-up assignments, in a pattern that allows our clerks to see how legal issues develop over the course of a transaction or litigation. Upon completion of an assignment, the supervising attorney completes a written performance evaluation that provides immediate feedback to the clerk. Evaluations are reviewed by the firm at the end of the summer in preparation for a closing interview. Our objective is to ensure that each clerk receives regular feedback on their performance and that the firm has a substantial body of completed assignments and evaluations upon which to make offer decisions at the conclusion of the summer program. Offer decisions typically are made in late August.
In addition to traditional legal research and writing, we ensure that our summer clerks have opportunities to observe and participate in working and social events outside of the office. Working events include depositions, court hearings, client meetings, seminars and other marketing events. Social events include local receptions and seminars for Sacramento-area summer law clerks and young lawyers, our annual associate party and our annual summer law clerk sailing excursion on San Francisco Bay.
Working at KMTG... What Our Summer Law Clerks Learn
Starting in private practice at KMTG means joining a team led by experienced attorneys who are recognized leaders in their fields. Our preeminent reputation and record of success attracts a diversity of clients with legal challenges that demand creativity, intellectual precision and the competitive drive to surmount whatever challenges arise in the pursuit of our clients’ objectives. KMTG’s strength is sustained by a recruiting philosophy that seeks out the highest qualified individuals and provides them with the guidance and support they need to quickly take on responsibility for working directly with clients on significant legal matters. Our objective is to help each new associate attorney mature and grow into a firm owner who will help lead KMTG into the future.
At KMTG, becoming an excellent attorney with a private practice that is intellectually and financially rewarding still leaves room for you to invest significant and meaningful time in yourself, in your family, in your community and in whatever personal endeavors you choose to enrich your life.
Our commitment to balanced living starts with an 1,800 billed hours standard that ensures an appropriate work pace for training and developmental purposes, that supports each associate and the firm financially, and that allows every attorney to pursue meaningful ventures outside the law. At KMTG, we mean what we say about our billed hours standard being “a commitment to balanced living.” This commitment includes adopted firm policies that have enabled an associate attorney to work reduced hours to care for family and then allowed that attorney to continue that reduced schedule after being voted into the firm’s ownership ranks.
KMTG attorneys work hard, but they also spend significant and meaningful time with their families and friends, travel the world, enjoy outdoor recreation in California’s unsurpassed landscapes, enjoy the performing and fine arts, coach and play in community sports leagues, and engage in a diverse range of enriching life experience. In deliberate contrast to so many high-caliber firms against which KMTG goes head-to-head in the courtroom and elsewhere, our ethic is not living to work. Rather, we work to live.
How to Apply for a Summer Law Clerk Position
KMTG conducts interviews at select law schools during the on-campus-interview (“OCI”) season, which typically occurs during the first few months of the school year. Your school’s recruiting or placement office will have information about whether KMTG is conducting interviews at your school and, if so, how to apply. In addition, KMTG collects applications from the recruiting or placement office at certain additional schools. Applications for summer clerk positions should include a cover letter, resume, references, transcript and writing sample.
Following OCI and application collection, the firm selects candidates for call-back interviews. Call-back interviews are conducted at our main office in Sacramento by a panel of firm attorneys on a Saturday. Following completion of call-back interviews, we extend offers for summer clerk positions.
If you desire a summer clerk position with KMTG, please contact your school’s placement or recruiting office to inquire about OCI or application collection. If KMTG does not actively recruit at your school, you may contact us directly by submitting an application to our Summer Law Clerk Program Coordinator no later than September 15. Applications may be submitted in hard copy form or as PDF files transmitted by electronic mail.
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
Attn: Summer Law Clerk Program Coordinator
400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: Summer Law Clerk Program Coordinator
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard is an equal opportunity employer.