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Summer Associates

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the firm hire associates from its summer program?

Yes. The summer program is the principal source of new hires. The program permits the summer associates and attorneys to get know one another on personal and professional levels. Lateral hires are made only on a case-by-case basis.

What are my chances of getting an offer after I complete the summer program?

The size of the summer program is intentionally limited so each participant meeting the firm's expectations can receive an offer. Offers are extended to 2L associates after the conclusion of the summer program based on the firm's assessment of their work performance, initiative, judgment and interpersonal skills.

When are offers extended?

Offers to return to the firm as a permanent associate for 2L summer associates or as a returning summer associate for 1Ls are typically extended in September.

Do you allow split summers?

We entertain split summers on a case-by-case basis. We do, however, require a minimum of seven weeks, which can start at the beginning of the summer or at mid-summer. Ideally, we prefer that summer associates participate in the entire summer program to have the full Parr Brown experience.

What is the timing of your summer program?

We are flexible with starting dates as long as you fulfill the seven-week minimum requirement. Some summer associates start as early as late April and the last of the summer associates usually depart in August.

What types of assignments will I receive?

While actual assignments are based on the firm's needs at the time, summer associates are encouraged to work on a variety of projects for a well-rounded experience, rather than being assigned to a specific practice group. This provides exposure to the broad range of legal services offered by the firm and allows interface with as many attorneys as possible. While we also make every effort to accommodate individual interests, we hope summer associates will take the opportunity to explore as many facets of the practice of law as possible.

Will I have client contact?

When appropriate, summer associates attend client meetings and have contact with clients as work progresses. Depending on the types of assignments received, associates will also attend depositions, hearings, trials, transaction negotiations and closings. As a client-focused firm, we believe it is essential to develop client service skills from the outset.

What compensation will I receive?

Summer associate salaries are very competitive with those of other large Salt Lake City law firms. Paid parking is also included.

How many offers were extended to the 2010 summer clerks and how many accepted the offers?

The firm made three permanent offers and two return offers in 2010, all of whom accepted. 

What is the dress code at Parr Brown?

Attorneys are expected to wear appropriate business attire to court and when meeting with clients. Otherwise, attire is business casual. On Friday, the dress is casual.

What type of social activities does the firm provide its summer associates?

Past activities have included concerts, plays, sporting events, mountain biking, dinners and a weekend trip to the alpine community of Park City.

I'm from out-of-state, what does Utah have to offer me?

We would be remiss if we did not include quality of life as part of the package we offer. From the forested mountains in Northern Utah to the desert and red rock formations in the south, Utah offers the perfect blend of work and play. The recreational and cultural opportunities, along with high caliber education, excellent health care and a moderate cost of living, make Utah an ideal choice for a new career.

Outdoor recreation is second to none with Utah's 14 ski resorts, which receive an average of 500 inches of "The Greatest Snow on Earth" every winter.

There are five national parks, six national monuments, two national recreation areas, six national forests and 45 state parks covering more than nine million acres of land for recreation and outdoor activity all within an easy drive from Salt Lake City.

Recreational activities include skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, hunting, rock climbing and golfing with more than 120 golf courses spread throughout Utah.

Other events that should not be missed include The Sundance Film Festival in January, the annual arts festivals during the summer in downtown Salt Lake City and on Main Street in Park City, the annual Greek Festival, the Tony Award winning Shakespearean Festival and Snowbird's Oktoberfest.