Our Voices

We love talking to law students about our Summer Associate Program, but there’s no better way to learn about the experience than from our summer associates themselves. Let’s hear what they have to say!

“Ballard Spahr's summer program accomplishes the difficult task of introducing law students to the legal field in an unintimidating way. The Ballard community is inclusive and supportive, which provides a uniquely positive first-time legal experience for all summer associates. I highly recommend applying to work at this great firm.”

Haskel Black, Incoming 2L Summer Associate (Minneapolis), Summer 2023 (1L)

“I think for many first-generation law students, working at a firm can seem intimidating. However, Ballard Spahr really knows how to support and empower their summer associates. Over the summer, I was encouraged to take initiative and ownership of my assignments. While I was granted a high level of autonomy, it was also very easy to reach out to any Partner, Associate, or Paralegal if/when I needed help. It's the perfect environment to learn in.”

Aja Finger, Incoming Associate (Washington DC), Summer 2023

"The summer program has been one of the most, if not the most, formative experiences of my legal education. Ballard provided me with all the tools I needed to succeed. I was able to work on my writing and research skills, and meet so many interesting people in the process."

Ana Blanco, Associate (New York), Summer 2022

"The Ballard Spahr summer program is an excellent introduction to the Philadelphia legal community. We are encouraged to tackle real legal work and we are given valuable feedback to help us grow as new lawyers. I am grateful for the experience and the opportunity."

Rory Kress Mandel, Associate (Philadelphia), Summer 2022

"Ballard Spahr's summer program offers fascinating assignments and shadowing opportunities, but above all, Ballard's people are amazing! Partners and associates want to collaborate and help you grow into a junior lawyer."

Harry Levin, Associate (Philadelphia), Summer 2021

"I was really impressed by how approachable, relatable, and genuine the people at Ballard are, not just in Baltimore but across the firm. It's a great feeling to be surrounded by very impressive and smart attorneys, knowing that they have an interest in your development as a future attorney and an individual."

Emma Craig, Associate (Baltimore), Summer 2021