Summer Law Clerk Program

Purpose

KDG hires summer law clerks as part of its overall recruitment effort. Working in the firm exposes the clerks to our practice areas, our attorneys, and staff. It allows us to evaluate the clerks for potential employment. It allows the clerks to evaluate working in a firm, generally, and working for KDG, specifically. Generally, new hires come from our summer clerk program.

Format

The law clerks arrive in late May. Each clerk gains experience in practice areas, including litigation, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, and business transactions as the firm's needs may dictate.

Attorneys in each practice area will assign projects to clerks and evaluate the projects when they are completed.

Mentors

We assign each summer law clerk two mentors - a Partner Mentor and an Associate Mentor. The mentors are a guide through the firm maze, a sounding board, and a friend. Partner mentors assure that the clerks receive a broad base of experiences during their summer, and that assignments are within the clerks' skill levels.

Training

We offer a variety of training programs over the summer, concentrating heavily on clerk writing skills. Our training partner is available to review clerk assignments before they are turned in to the assigning attorney. We recommend that clerks take their first project to the training partner at least a day before the due date. In addition, the training partner is available throughout the summer to review projects and assist clerks to improve their work product and writing style.

We also encourage lawyers to take clerks to court for hearings on motions and to observe trials, and to observe depositions, mediations, and client conferences. This is particularly beneficial when the clerk participated in writing the motion or preparing for the deposition, for example.

Social Activities

We offer a variety of social activities throughout the summer. The activities chosen depend on the clerks' interests. Two traditional activities we schedule every year are a welcome barbeque and the Lawyer Law Clerk Party. The clerks are also treated to numerous lunches and dinners, which enable them to get to know KDG's attorneys, especially the equity partners.

Contact

If you are interested in our Summer Law Clerk Program, please submit your resume, transcripts and a writing sample to Shannon McNeill at:

Shannon McNeill, Human Resources Manager: smcneill@kleinlaw.com

Klein DeNatale Goldner
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 11172, Bakersfield, CA 93389
E-mail: smcneill@kleinlaw.com
Fax: (661) 326-0418