As a Summer Associate, I worked with multiple practice groups, which helped me better understand different areas of law and the types of meaningful work Thompson Hine can offer associates.

– Stephanie Schmalz, Associate

Stephanie Schmalz
Training and Mentorship

It is our priority to help our summer associates succeed by providing training and resources to support their development. Each year, our program begins with a three-day orientation in our Cleveland office that includes structured training sessions to prepare each summer associate for a successful day-to-day work experience. In addition, we bring in outside consultants to present valuable skills workshops on a variety of topics, such as legal writing and communication skills.

Toward the conclusion of our Summer Program, we bring our summer associates together again for a two-day training program focused on oral arguments and negotiations, which provides a great opportunity for them to learn and grow their oral advocacy skills.

We view our Summer Program as an investment in the future of our firm and want to see our summer associates succeed. Our Summer Program Committee meets weekly to oversee the program’s progress, and each summer associate is assigned a Thompson Hine attorney who serves as an advisor and provides guidance and advice throughout the summer.