Our associates serve as integral members of every client team.  They help to build and execute the strategies we design to achieve clients’ goals, and gain hands-on experience and exposure to the issues involved.  We believe this team approach also provides associates with the opportunity to take on challenging and rewarding work early in their careers, and it offers a more rewarding career path than may be found in a general practice firm.

McAndrews’ successful summer associates program is an essential part of the firm’s growth.  In fact, more than 75 percent of the firm’s current partners began their careers with us as summer associates.  Each year, the program attracts some of the nation’s brightest IP and technology law students, all of whom possess advanced technical training and/or academic degrees, along with their legal education.

The firm is committed to challenging our summer associates in order to provide them with tangible experiences that broaden their knowledge in the field, sharpen their skills and strengthen their decision-making abilities.  Each summer associate is matched with two attorneys – an associate and a partner or shareholder – who serve as helpful resources throughout the duration of the clerkship.  This facilitates both hands-on learning and mentoring.  Also as a part of our summer associates program, the firm offers its “Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship.”

Summer associates at McAndrews also enjoy a number of informal social activities, including baseball games, attorney-clerk dinners at some of Chicago’s premier restaurants, various theater productions, and top-rated Chicago tours. This gives associates the opportunity to network with senior attorneys in a relaxed environment outside the office, allowing them to connect on a more personal level.

To apply to McAndrews’ summer associates program, please click here.  Please direct all other inquiries to:

Human Resources
(312) 775.8000