Williams Mullen offers attorneys and staff many opportunities to grow and find their own yes. If you share our values and have the drive to help us make a difference for our clients and community, we want to hear from you.
At Williams Mullen, attorneys are encouraged to establish their own practices. Our standard approach is to move new associates into a high level of responsibility within the shortest time possible. From day one, you will know that you are a valued part of our firm. You will find an easy camaraderie among partners, associates and staff at every level. You will be expected to work hard but also encouraged to pursue interests outside of the firm.
In addition to undertaking research projects on a variety of practice areas, summer associates are given the opportunity to participate in real-life experiences ranging from departmental meetings, client meetings, hearings, depositions and closings. Williams Mullen summer associates also participate in community pro-bono events and weekly practice briefing seminars, which are intended to supplement the summer associates’ work experience and provide a broader exposure to the firm’s various practice areas.
Williams Mullen delivers innovative, team-supported solutions to support our clients’ diverse business activities. Close working relationships with clients have been the foundation of Williams Mullen’s progressive approach to law practice since the firm was founded over 100 years ago. We know how important the role of paralegals is in the client-attorney relationship, and we depend on our paralegals to represent the firm and our values at all times.
At Williams Mullen, a dedicated staff is the backbone of our success. From Human Resources to Accounting to Marketing, our attorneys and clients depend on our staff to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. If you would like to play an important support role at a great firm, we invite you to check out our open positions and apply today!
With our highly-selective recruiting process, Williams Mullen attracts talented students who engender client confidence and satisfaction. Each year, we seek the finest law graduates to fill several open positions as first-year associates .
Williams Mullen recruits second-year law students to participate in our summer associate program. Our summer program offers students the opportunity to experience life as a first-year associate. Williams Mullen facilitates this experience by having each summer associate rotate through several practice areas of their choice throughout the summer. During each rotation, summer associates are assigned to a supervising attorney in the practice area of their preference, who coordinates work assignments. This rotation system allows both summer associates and attorneys a chance to get to know and evaluate each other.
What is a rotation?
A summer associate's rotation is determined primarily by his or her interests that are gathered prior to his or her arrival. A rotation period will last two weeks and one attorney will act as the summer associate's supervisor for each rotation.
How many hours do summer associates work?
Williams Mullen expects its summer associates to work in conjunction with each office's operational business hours. Supervising attorneys monitor summer associates' workloads to keep their productivity within this expectation. Summer associates receive both billable and non-billable work. Summer associates do not have billable requirements; although, when appropriate, clients are billed for their time.
What will I be expected to know when beginning the summer program (e.g., skills, qualities, recommended classes to prepare for summer, etc.)?
The attorneys at Williams Mullen recognize that summer associates generally do not have extensive experience in the subject matters of the firm's various practice areas. As a result, attorneys who assign work to summer associates provide them with the necessary substantive background to complete projects. Summer associates are expected to use their general legal skills, such as analytical thinking and research, which they have learned in their first year and/or second year law school classes.
How do summer associates receive feedback?
Once a summer associate completes and submits a project, an electronic evaluation is sent to the assigning attorney A Recruiting Committee contact, in conjunction with the Recruiting Department, facilitates the feedback process via mid-summer and exit reviews. Summer associates also routinely receive informal feedback from attorneys throughout the summer after completing assignments.