More, Better Work, Please, Summer Associates Tell Firms


Assistant Dean of Career Planning Jayne Schreiber shares her insight on law students’ experiences in law firms’ summer programming in an article in Law360.

Despite all of the creative social activities law firms planned, from virtual magic shows and oyster shucking to baking classes and trips to the zoo, it was still the legal work itself that law students came back to when reflecting on their experiences this year as summer associates, according to the survey of 751 students between June 29 and Aug. 9.

According to Jayne Schreiber, assistant dean of career planning at Fordham University School of Law, the students she has spoken to who had good experiences during their summer programs this year told her the firms they were at focused heavily on health and wellness.

That could mean the law firms did things like pay for students to get Fitbits or sign up for an app like Headspace or Calm, Schreiber said.

Finding, attracting and retaining the best talent in today’s legal market means going beyond viewing students as potential employees who simply need on-the-job training and viewing them as whole people with diverse needs, she said.

“We’re still living in a very stressful time trying to cope with the pandemic,” Schreiber said. “Everything can be very anxiety-producing, let alone when you’re on a 10-week job interview, so to speak.”

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