Summer Associate Program
The application period for the 2020 Summer Associate Program is closed. Check back in July 2020 for available opportunities.
CCK is a public interest law firm seeking applications from 2Ls for its 2020 Summer Associate Program. Our Summer Associates work within the Veterans Law practice assisting veterans and their families with their claims for VA disability benefits. The primary emphasis of the program is on appellate-level representation before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and includes document review, legal research, and legal writing. CCK looks for individuals who are genuinely interested in working on behalf of disabled armed service veterans. We seek individuals who are capable of working independently, but who can also work cooperatively with others in a collegial, team-focused environment. The Summer Associate position is a 10-week, paid program with the potential for a full-time employment offer.
On Campus Interviews
CCK recruits for its Summer Associate Program throughout the month of August each year for the following summer. Our on-campus interview schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check back or apply via our website in September.
Life as a CCK Summer Associate
CCK Summer Associates are regarded, treated and compensated like starting attorneys. Each associate is assigned a small case load and learns our process from start to finish –reviewing records, doing legal research, drafting memos, and eventually writing a brief. Summer Associates are integrated members of the team and thus attend team meetings, as well as trainings on different areas of the law, new legal precedent, and legal writing tips.
- Weekly salary is $1,300.
Meet a Few of CCK’s Past Summer Associates!
Sam Agostini, Summer 2018
Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2019, Boston College Law School, Newton, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Stonehill College, Easton, MA
Sam’s experience as a CCK Summer Associate:
“I had the privilege of being a summer associate at CCK during the summer of 2018. CCK provided me with countless opportunities to enhance my legal research and writing skills. I drafted briefs and memoranda on a variety of disability issues. During that process, I had the pleasure of working with fantastic attorneys who were always willing to assist me. They were always patient and supportive, and I cannot thank them enough for that. CCK also provided great opportunities to get to know the members of the firm outside of the office through CCK Day in Newport and the Providence Downtown 5K.”
“My ten weeks at CCK made me a better writer, researcher, and advocate. I could not have asked for a better place to spend my 2L summer, and I am very excited to return after I graduate. Following this experience, I feel much more prepared for my future legal career, and I owe it all to CCK.”
John Souza, Summer 2018
Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2019, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, RI
Bachelor of Science, St. Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
John’s Experience as a CCK Summer Associate:
“I worked as a summer associate at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick (CCK) after my second year of law school in 2018. Prior to working with CCK, I had limited experience in veterans’ law, but I had a strong interest in transactional lawyering and legal writing. Despite my limited experience, CCK provided me with outstanding mentoring and taught me everything I needed to know to feel confident in my work. On my first day as a new associate, I was assigned two supervising attorneys who stayed with me throughout the summer and provided me with direction and assistance. During my first week at CCK, various attorneys trained me in the substantive areas of veterans’ law. I had my first client before the end of the week and I felt fully prepared to begin work.”
“During the summer, I worked on drafting memos and briefs and reviewing client records. The memos were submitted to opposing counsel and I submitted the briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claim. The work was extremely rewarding because everything I did helped veterans get the benefits they deserved. Also, the work I did during the summer was the same type of work that CCK’s attorneys did. This gave me an actual preview of how a CCK attorney’s day-to-day life would be. I really felt useful and that I was actively contributing to the firm and its clients. If I ever needed help, the attorneys in the office had an open-door policy and were more than willing to assist in any way. Additionally, apart from my work, CCK held several events throughout the summer that really helped me get to know the other attorneys I worked with. These events really helped me feel included and part of the CCK team.”
“Since I worked at CCK, I feel that my writing ability has improved in leaps and bounds. Additionally, the experience I gained through independently managing client files and deadlines while working at CCK has taught me essential time management techniques that I never learned in law school. At the end of the summer, when I went back to school, I felt much more comfortable handling my course load. After being a summer associate at CCK, I feel confident that I will succeed at any legal avenue I pursue.”
Kati-Jane Childs, Summer 2019
Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2020, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts, College of Charleston, SC
Master of Fine Arts, University of Alabama
Kati-Jane’s Experience as a CCK Summer Associate:
“Working as a summer associate at CCK was an eye-opening experience. First of all, working as a member of the Court Team means that your writing will improve dramatically, in terms of both efficient argument and concision. You will review records before the agency, draft memoranda in preparation for conferences, and write several full appellate briefs. CCK has a strong philosophy of what their writing should look like and a collective approach to making sure each piece of legal writing submitted to the Court or to VA counsel is up to their standards. That being said, as a non-attorney practitioner, you will also be able to enter your appearance for your clients with the CAVC and submit work under your own name. CCK reviewing attorneys make time to look over briefs from new attorneys, because they clearly take pride in the collective work product. This means you get the best of both worlds: a glimpse at the autonomy you would have as a practicing appellate attorney with a built-in safety net in the form of caring, experienced colleagues.”
“Being part of the veterans’ appeals process means seeing the human side of administrative law, as well. Helping disabled veterans with their appeals for benefits is a deeply meaningful experience. Not many of my peers can boast of a 2L summer experience where they had a paying job doing public interest work at a firm that clearly values the life-work balance of its attorneys. I was able to get home to my family for dinner at a reasonable hour throughout the summer. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at CCK.”
Christopher Campagno, Summer 2019
Candidate for Juris Doctor, December 2019, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY
Bachelor of Arts, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Christopher’s experience as a CCK Summer Associate:
“For me, working at CCK as a summer associate has been the highlight of law school. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from my very first day I was treated as part of the team. I was assigned real assignments for real clients and had near daily feedback. Every partner, attorney, and staff member had an open-door policy and was always willing to answer any questions I had. It was the perfect environment to learn.”
“While at CCK I had the opportunity to write multiple memos, participate in appeal conferences with the VA’s Office of General Counsel, and even file briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Although I am sad to leave, I am excited to go back to law school for my final semester. My legal writing and general knowledge of the law has improved exponentially over the past 10-weeks and I can’t wait to apply what I learned.”
“If you have an interest in Veterans Law, and want to learn from the best, CCK is the place for you. They serve those who served our nation with unwavering dedication, and I am honored to say I was a member of the CCK team!”
Summer Associate Program: Frequently Asked Questions:
- What are some of the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a CCK Summer Associate?
- Day-to-day responsibilities of a Summer Associate include: reviewing clients’ medical records to gather evidence for their disability claim, drafting memos to submit to opposing counsel for out-of-court settlement negotiations, drafting briefs on client matters that opposing counsel does not negotiate, submitting online appeal filings, and attending all-team meetings and trainings.
- Will I receive training on Veterans Law and CCK’s legal process?
- Yes! The first two weeks of the summer consist of various training sessions to help prepare you for any work you encounter. These sessions are often conducted by other attorneys in the firm that you will interact with on a daily basis.
- Will I be interacting with clients?
- Not directly, but you will interact with opposing counsel and mediation attorneys to negotiate settlements based on memos you draft.
- Will I start handling client matters immediately?
- Yes. Within your first week you will be assigned a case to research and work. The workload starts off at a steady pace so you can learn hands-on with the support of your team, then quickly progresses to keep you busy and engaged.
- How often do summer associates interact with attorneys?
- CCK attorneys support summer associates throughout the summer. Our goal is to foster an environment that encourages our Summer Associates to ask questions, push themselves, and truly feel like a member of our Veterans Law practice group.
- Will my work be reviewed by other attorneys?
- Yes. In the first week, you will be assigned one or more supervising attorneys who will be your primary person(s) of contact throughout the summer. They will help you manage your workload and answering any questions you have.
- How are cases assigned to summer associates?
- Team leadership determines which cases need the most assistance. We also welcome input from our Summer Associates as to which types of cases interest them the most.
- What sets CCK’s Summer Associate Program apart from similar programs at other law firms?
- At CCK, we aim to keep our Summer Associate program small so we can provide individualized guidance and mentorship to our Summer Associates. A smaller number of Summer Associates ensures that each person has ample opportunity to work closely with experienced attorneys and receive personal feedback on all of their work.