Law Students

A legal career at Foley means more than stacks of briefs and endless document review. It means connections and engagement, exposure to cutting-edge legal issues and high-profile matters, community service, professional development, camaraderie, leadership, and much more.

What We Do

Whether in the court room, board room, or conference room, Foley lawyers are making a difference. Learn more about how our people are changing the business of doing business for our clients. This change can be seen by the work done by both our practice groups and industry teams.

Chris Rasmussen is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in the Chicago office.

Summering at Foley

Summer Program

A primary goal of our summer program is to provide you with an accurate picture of what to expect as a Foley associate.

You will receive real-world, practical experience by attending court proceedings, depositions, hearings, negotiations, board meetings, and closings; participating in client meetings; drafting memoranda, briefs, and other documents; researching cutting edge legal issues, and much more.

Assignments During the Summer Program

We encourage our summer associates to explore a variety of practice areas. We don’t pigeonhole you. Instead, we have developed an assignment database that allows you to choose projects that match your interests. You’ll be doing real work, on real matters, for real clients.

In addition, reflecting our long-standing commitment to the communities in which we live and practice, you also can expect to get involved in one of our many pro bono projects. From asylum cases and post-conviction representation to landlord-tenant disputes and assisting military personnel who have returned from active duty, our summer associates are key contributors to our pro bono efforts. 

Salary and Benefits

As a summer associate, you will receive:

  • Salary competitive with regional markets.
  • A dedicated mentor who will provide you with guidance and support and is available to answer your questions and serve as a general sounding board.
  • Dedicated summer program coordinators — attorneys who are charged with running the summer program and ensuring your successful integration into the firm.
  • Firm-wide, dedicated training programs and activities that introduce you to our culture, practice areas, and strategic goals and develop and strengthen your professional skills.
  • Detailed and specific feedback on each of your projects, as well as formal reviews at the midpoint and end of the summer.
  • Social events to help you meet a broader network of attorneys and staff and get to know the city in which you will launch your legal career. These activities have included baseball games, office mini golf, dinners at partners’ homes, wine tastings, scavenger hunts, and much more.
  • Travel expenses from/to law school.

Summer Events

As part of our Summer Associate Program, we offer a firmwide summer associate event. A highlight of the summer, this event brings together all of the summer associates from across the firm. Summer associates have the opportunity to learn more about the firm, meet with firm leadership, connect with their peers, and enjoy some of the sights of the host city.

Bob Scher is a partner and litigation attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP as well as the firm's recruiting chair.

For more video content on what it's like to work at Foley, please visit our YouTube channel.

Who We Are

Being a Foley attorney means achieving - and exceeding - professional goals. 

You'll be given the support and the tools you need to succeed because you're not just another attorney ... you're part of the Foley team.

Jay O. Rothman is a partner, business lawyer, and the chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Foley’s success depends on attracting and retaining people with diverse perspectives — not only because it means we can provide creative, innovative solutions to our clients, but also because it encourages a workplace where differences are appreciated and respected. We are fully committed to fostering diversity of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion, and we support the advancement of our diverse attorneys by integrating them fully into all aspects of professional opportunities and development.

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Foley is pleased to continue our long-standing commitment to diversity which began with our Diversity Scholarship Program in 1998. Through our 2020 Diversity Fellowship Program, we are proud to offer fellowships to second-year J.D. students who share our values by demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. Each Diversity Fellow receives a total of $20,000, which will be paid in two equal amounts: $10,000 following successful completion of the 2021 summer associate program and $10,000 paid within thirty days after joining the firm as an associate/law graduate.*

Applications will be accepted from second-year J.D. students holding an offer to join Foley’s 2021 Summer Associate Program, and recipients will be selected on a rolling basis by Foley’s Diversity Fellowship Committee. Foley is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disabled.

For additional questions, contact Amy Moynihan, Director, Legal Recruiting, at

*Fellowship awards are taxable; Diversity Fellows will be required to complete IRS Form W-9. 

Our commitment to conscience and community — established by our founding partners and still a core value to this day — includes providing quality pro bono legal services that ensure every person and organization, regardless of financial means, has access to the justice system.

And, as is often the case, in giving we also receive: Our attorneys gain not only professional experience through exposure to areas of law, procedures, and clients not often available in their day-to-day work, but also a deep, personal satisfaction that comes from achieving justice for those who otherwise would have been powerless to protect their legal rights.

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We know that mentoring and training are critical to your success as an attorney and our success as a firm. We are fully committed to developing and maintaining mentoring and training programs that help you acclimate to Foley, build your core skill set, and position you to compete effectively in a rapidly changing legal marketplace

Training - Foley is committed to developing and maintaining first-rate professional development programs that will permit you to compete effectively in rapidly changing world markets for legal services. Your professional development is a progression encompassing substantive legal knowledge, hands-on training, CLE, mentoring, evaluation/feedback, and career planning. Programs may be offered on a firm-wide basis or by department and/or practice.

Mentoring - When we hire new attorneys like you, we’re hiring our future leaders. We want you to have a fulfilling legal career at Foley, which means providing you with the resources you need to meet your professional goals and achieve success. That’s why every associate, senior counsel, patent agent, and technical specialist is provided a mentor. In addition to building a trusting and meaningful relationship with you, your mentor will support your professional development by:

  • Helping you integrate into Foley and the firm's culture
  • Providing appropriate work assignments that further develop your core skill set
  • Keeping the lines of communication open and frank as a way of strengthening your working relationships and bolstering job satisfaction
  • Discussing your career goals, expectations, and progress outside the formal review process to ensure you stay on track and your individual needs are being met
  • Encouraging you to take advantage of firm training and other resources

Because of the way our practices are organized and client matters are staffed, you also will have the opportunity to learn from others across the firm who share your professional focus. 

Whether at an office, practice, or department level, we regularly receive accolades from industry experts and — most important — from our clients for our client service, innovation, legal skills, and our commitment to diversity and pro bono.

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Working at Foley

Ready to learn more about joining Foley?


Explore current openings and read through our FAQs below about the process of joining the firm.

Q. How do I submit an application?

A. We post all our open positions on our Career Center. For information on career opportunities and the direct submission process, please visit the Career Center.

Q. What materials should I include with my application?

A. You should submit the online application form and upload a resume and law school transcript. If you are applying for a position in our IP Department, we ask that you also upload a transcript from your undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate studies.

Q. May I apply to more than one Foley office?

A. You may apply to any Foley office in which you have an interest.

For information about our privacy practices, click here.

Q. What can I expect after I submit an application?

A. You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application. You also will receive an email inviting you to provide self-identification information. Foley & Lardner LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and complies with all applicable federal laws and their implementing regulations that require the collection and recording of certain data and information. The information we receive will not be used to make any decision regarding employment and will be kept separate from your application. Similarly, self-identification information is kept confidential and used only in accordance with applicable federal laws and regulations.
Q. What should I expect the day of my in-office interview?

A. You should expect to meet with a mix of partners and associates from practice areas that interest you. Your visit should provide you with an opportunity to learn more about Foley and for us to get to know you. If you are traveling, the firm has a dedicated travel agent that is available to assist you with your reservations. You will receive your schedule and details about getting to the office in advance of your interview date.

Q. Does Foley reimburse travel expenses for in-office interviews?

A. Foley reimburses travel expenses incurred by law students travelling to our offices for call back interviews.  You will be provided with a reimbursement request form and the contact information for the Firm’s travel agent.  We offer direct billing to the Firm through the travel agency whenever possible.  If you are visiting more than one law firm for interviews during your trip, the form allows you to indicate as much and any of the firms you are visiting can coordinate the sharing of expenses

Q. What is the process following my in-office interview?

A. A member of our Recruiting Team will be in touch as soon as we have come to a decision regarding your candidacy.  Our goal is to move the process along quickly.  If you have questions about the status of your candidacy, or if you are facing an offer deadline from another employer and have yet to hear back from Foley, please contact the Recruiting Team member for the office where you interviewed:

Boston/New York/ Washington, D.C.:  Kristin Kissiah Willig (
California (all offices):  Steve Fundarek (
Chicago/Detroit/Florida (all offices):  Sarah Kastelic (
Dallas/Denver/Houston:  Courtney Davis (
Madison/Milwaukee:  Kerri Klippel (

Q.  How long will my offer remain open?

A.  For the 2019 on-campus recruiting season, offers to rising 2Ls for the 2020 Summer Program will remain open for 21 days.  If an offer is extended prior to the first day of on-campus interviews at the student’s law school, the 21 days will not start counting until the first day of interviews.  For all students who attend law schools that have established recruiting policies or guidelines requiring that offers to 2Ls remain open for 28 days, 28 days will be provided.