Our summer associate program is aimed at building upon our diverse-workforce goals through selecting applicants who are well-rounded individuals with exceptional judgment, perception, communication, and personal-relationship skills.
KMK's summer associate program is designed to provide an experience similar to that of our first-year associates. We give our summer associates real projects and meaningful experiences. Doing so not only provides summer associates with valuable training, but also provides opportunities for them to demonstrate their skills to the firm.
We also try to have fun. KMK's summer associate program includes frequent opportunities to interact with KMK attorneys and staff in social settings, including lunches and dinners, Cincinnati Reds games, the firm's annual picnic, and charitable events. Each year the program also includes touring a client's office/facility.
Two KMK partners coordinate the summer associate program, and each summer associate is provided an attorney mentor. Summer associates receive both formal and informal feedback on each assignment, and the firm conducts both mid-summer and end-of-program evaluations.
Each year KMK strives to hire the same number of summer associates that it anticipates hiring as full-time attorneys the following year. Thus, summer associates do not have to compete against one another for offers. This practice is consistent with and enhances the firm’s collegial environment.
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"The Summer Associate Program at KMK has been one of the most valuable law school and professional experiences I’ve had to date. Despite the impact of Covid-19, KMK made a concerted effort to get us in the firm for a true Associate experience. From day one, I was able to take on a number of meaningful, real-life projects across a variety of practice areas. The attorneys I worked with, both partners and associates, welcomed my questions and provided detailed feedback and advice. Throughout the entire summer, I felt that KMK was genuinely interested and invested in my success and future career as an attorney. I am truly grateful for my time at KMK." -- Madeline O'Toole, KMK Summer Associate 2020
"My experience this summer at KMK as a Summer Associate has been the most impactful experience thus far. Everyone I met was generous with their time and more than willing to go the extra step to help me learn and grow as a professional and future attorney. I was given real projects and provided substantive feedback. Every day I was challenged intellectually and given the opportunity to develop my skills. Attorneys were approachable, and I felt the firm genuinely cared about my development. I could not have been happier with my experience work for KMK this summer." -- Carlos Schemmel, KMK Summer Associate 2020
"Even though my summer associate experience during COVID-19 was different than I originally expected, I truly enjoyed every moment that I spent working at KMK. The attorneys that I met and worked with welcomed me graciously into the firm. Each of them offered thoughtful advice, provided me with challenging and impactful work, and helped me immensely. From the engaging assignments to the familial atmosphere, I greatly appreciated the time that I spent in the summer program at KMK. It is the best job that I have ever had." -- Brendan Sullivan, KMK Summer Associate 2020
More KMK Law Summer Associate Testimonials
"My summer experience at KMK was impactful. It was the most meaningful professional experience I had in law school and helped me grow immensely as a future attorney. The projects I was assigned were both practical and challenging, and the attorneys I worked with welcomed me immediately into the firm. Throughout the summer, I felt like I could always approach partners and associates with questions about my work or career path. I am extremely grateful for my experience at KMK.” -- Taylor Beckham, KMK Summer Associate 2019
"The Summer Associate Program at KMK was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my professional career. I was able to take on a variety of projects across several practice areas that were challenging, thought-provoking, and closely mirrored what I would be doing as a young associate. The attorneys I worked with—whether partners or associates—welcomed my questions and provided detailed feedback and advice. The program also included many trainings, networking opportunities, and social events that made the experience even more meaningful. From day one, I felt that KMK was invested in my success and growth. I am grateful for my time at KMK and the relationships that I built." -- Emma Compton, KMK Summer Associate 2019
"My experience as a summer associate at KMK was transformative. Throughout the 10-week program, I worked on numerous projects across multiple practice areas. I worked on challenging, real-life matters and received meaningful feedback from some of the best attorneys in the region. Everyone at the firm – from the first-year associates to the senior partners – went out of their way to answer my questions and share sincere advice. From day one, it was apparent that the firm was genuinely invested in my success. I could not have asked for a better overall experience.” -- Christian Gateskill, KMK Summer Associate 2019