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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"KMK stands out to me because of the truly congenial and supportive culture at the firm. During the summer I worked alongside some of the most high profile attorneys in the region who made me feel like I was a valuable member of their team. I was always comfortable asking questions or getting clarification on assignments because my supervising attorneys were genuinely invested in my success. I received hands-on legal training through a wide variety of assignments such as research memos, motion drafting, deposition preparation, and in-person client meetings. I not only gained valuable practical skills at KMK, but I met several talented and personable people who are now my friends and mentors." - Melanie Cheek, KMK Associate (Summer Associate 2017)
“My summer at KMK was one of the best professional experiences that I’ve had as a student. My work dealt with real matters that helped clients resolve their problems. Not only was I significantly involved in these matters, but I was also able to sit in on client meetings.” - Marcus V. Phelps, Former KMK Associate (Summer Associate 2016)
"My experience as a summer associate at KMK was so genuine. I felt like a part of the firm from day one. Everyone there truly cared about my success, from my mentors, to the partners, to the staff. Their doors were always open, and it prepared me immensely for starting work full time post-graduation." - Stephanie M. Scott, KMK Associate (Summer Associate 2016)