The Gonzalez Law Group’s Summer Associate Program serves as the primary source for hiring entry-level lawyers. The program is designed to provide law students, who have finished their second year (or 4 semesters of law school), the opportunity to learn first-hand about the practice of law and The Gonzalez Law Group’s unique culture and dynamic law practice.
The program’s focus is on the following practice areas:
- Family Law
- Estate Planning & Probate
- Personal Injury
- Criminal Defense
- Business Law
Department Rotations: Summer associates are not typically assigned to one specific section of the firm. Rather, the program is divided into three rotations among our four main practice groups (Family, Immigration, Personal Injury-Civil, and Criminal). The summer associates will spend approximately three weeks in each practice group or department. This flexibility not only promotes a better understanding of the firm and to network with our different lawyers; it also provides an opportunity for a summer associate to develop and hone a particular interest or work preference during his or her internship.
Mentorship: Each summer associate will also be assigned a lawyer who shall act as a mentor helping to guide and advise the student during the internship experience and will serve as an additional resource to assist the summer associate in making an informed career decision.
Hands-on Legal Experience: Although legal research and writing are the primary work tasks of a summer associate, we also encourage clerks to attend out-of-office activities, such as depositions, court settings, trials, hearings, and mediations.
Social Activities: In addition to day-to-day work projects, the firm will hosts a variety of fun social functions to allow law students and lawyers to get to know each other in a less formal setting. The law firm may also ask the Summer Associates to participate in a one-day pro bono community service experience, as part of the program. Community service is important to the law firm.
Duration of Program: The Summer Associates Program usually begins the last week of May and ends the final week of July (some students may be allowed to stay until the first week of August, at the discretion of the law firm’s management).
The selected Summer Associates should know that a primary goal of the program is their career development and a chance to be considered for a permanent attorney position as members of the firm upon graduation from law school and becoming licensed to practice law in Texas.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Completed the second year at an ABA-accredited law school or 4 semesters of law school
- Copies of unofficial transcripts showing a GPA of at least 3.0 in college and in law school (exceptions may be considered on a case-to-case basis, but a short explanation must be included in the cover letter)
- Pre-Law “summer paralegal” positions may be available for 1 or 2 college students who are interested in applying to law school in the near future, for highly-qualified individuals
- Must be able to speak, read, and write English and Spanish fluently
- Candidates must show they are driven, focused, and organized
- The Gonzalez Law Group reserves the right to perform a background check
How To Apply
Applications for Summer Associates should be submitted between September 1st and April 30th of the summer prior to the program, and interviews shall be scheduled during that period, until the program is filled to capacity (3-5 candidates). Priority is given to those whose resumes are submitted prior to March 15. Hiring decisions are made on an on-going basis.
To apply, please send your résumé with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important that when submitting your email application you mention that you are applying for “Summer Associate” or “Summer Program” in both 1) the email subject line and 2) the cover letter.
Non-discrimination Statement and Policy
The Gonzalez Law Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and contractors, among others. The Gonzalez Law Group is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.