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Summer Program

We take particular pride in our Summer Program and strive to give our Summer Associates a complete experience. Our Summers contribute immediately and are given substantive assignments, not only researching key issues and drafting briefs, but also participating in high-level case strategy and decision-making. We encourage our Summers to dive in, take ownership over complex assignments, and show us what they're made of.

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We’re a complex litigation law firm that tackles problems other firms shy away from.

We have prosecuted some of the largest and most cutting-edge consumer class actions in recent years, and have secured over $1 billion for our clients in settlements and verdicts. We have been recognized as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” and a “Plaintiff’s Class Action Powerhouse”. Commentators have singled out our willingness to tackle complex problems and our creativity in finding winning strategies that were not readily apparent.

Our practice primarily consists of:

Where you fit in

We believe that people produce the best product (and are happiest) when they’re doing work they actually like. If you don’t enjoy delving into the granular detail of circuit splits, you probably shouldn’t be on our Issues and Appeals team. If arguing in court is a terrifying prospect, you probably shouldn’t be on our Litigation teams. But if you like diving into factual research and creating novel theories of liability, then you’ve got a home on our Investigations team. As a Summer, you can learn about and contribute to all our teams and figure out what excites you the most.

INVESTIGATIONS

Unlike other firms, we have a dedicated team of lawyers and technologists who investigate and develop new cases. Instead of chasing the headlines, our case development team is leading the country in both identifying emerging privacy and technology issues, as well as crafting novel legal theories to match.

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LITIGATION

Once a case is off the ground, our litigation teams take the lead. Without the distractions of case development or appellate work, our litigators are able to drive cases more efficiently and reach better results. Our litigation teams are each able to push dozens of cases around the country and aren’t happy if they are not in court, at a dep, or settling a case at mediation.

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ISSUES AND APPEALS

Issues of first impression and complex legal arguments are daily occurrences for our appellate team. You’ve never seen a group of people who love to debate the finest legal points or write more than this group. And they’ve done that from state appellate courts all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Our advocacy does not end in the courtroom. We have a dedicated Government Affairs team comprised of lawyers, technologists, and legislative professionals who advocate for consumer rights at every level. Our team has testified before city, state, and federal legislative bodies on a variety of consumer privacy and cybersecurity issues, and are repeatedly asked to help shape federal and state legislation. Our Government Affairs team also works with a variety of governmental entities to prosecute enforcement actions when their rights – or the rights of their residents – are violated.

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We care about our people.

We work hard to make sure you have the best care and resources to succeed, both inside and outside of Edelson. Here’s some of what we offer:

Compensation

2L's get paid $2,800 per week, plus a discretionary signing bonus ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 for each Summer Associate who receives and accepts an offer of full-time employment at the conclusion of the summer.

Healthy Meals

Our kitchens are stocked and lunches are catered so you’ll have meals and snacks when you need them.

Fitness Allowances

We support all of your health activities so we offer generous fitness allowances to make it easier (on your pocketbook) to hit the gym.

Vacation Time

Need time away from work? Take the time you need. We don’t count.

Casual Dress

We want to you to be as comfortable as possible at the firm, so ditch the suit (unless you’re in Court).

Office Outings

We're actually friends outside of the office. We regularly take trips to the movies, play golf, and have a firm volleyball team that plays in the community weekly.

Law Schools Represented

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3 Summer Associates

Stanford Law School

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7 Summer Associates

John Marshall Law School

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9 Summer Associates

Chicago-Kent College of Law

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2 Summer Associates

DePaul University College of Law

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12 Summer Associates

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

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1 Summer Associates

University of Illinois College of Law at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

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1 Summer Associates

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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1 Summer Associates

Washington University School of Law

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1 Summer Associates

Cornell Law School

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4 Summer Associates

Harvard Law School

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1 Summer Associates

University of Georgia Law School

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4 Summer Associates

Georgetown University Law Center

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2 Summer Associates

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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2 Summer Associates

University of Wisconsin Law School

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1 Summer Associates

Yale Law School

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1 Summer Associates

UC Hastings College of Law

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1 Summer Associates

Columbia Law School

Giving Back

We take our commitment to promoting access to justice very seriously, not only through our class action cases, but also through our pro bono work. We have partnered with the Settlement Assistance Program in the Northern District of Illinois to aid pro se litigants in reaching positive resolutions of matters ranging from employment discrimination to Section 1983 claims. Likewise, we have co-counseled with attorneys from the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions to assist with ongoing criminal appeals stemming from the Jon Burge torture allegations. We have also provided pro bono representation in consumer protection cases (e.g., consumers harmed through systematic fraud) and well as employment discrimination/harassment matters.

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We also have fun.

Being a lawyer can be stressful. And sometimes boring. A core principle we have always operated under is the need for balance and having fun. We pick cases we think are fun. We take on projects we think are fun. And, we do things we think are fun that have nothing to do with work at all. From an early morning round of golf or a game of beach volleyball, to mid-day trips to the movies, having fun is an important part of who we are. Our holiday parties are epic events featuring increasingly high production video content, and at times, live performances. Our summer program has been known to include fake summer associates, polar bear lawyers, and several other pranks never made public. In fact, our primary summer recruiting tool in Chicago is a beach party with multiple levels of volleyball competition.

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