Summer Associate Training

Ballard Spahr is committed to developing attorneys at all levels of the firm, from summer associates to senior partners. In addition to extensive on-the-job training, our summer associates also participate in a series of speakers and workshops that cover a variety of topics such as legal research, writing, pro bono work, firm history, and business development.

Exceptional service and remarkable alliances with clients are hallmarks of the firm. Investing in the personal and professional development of our summer associates is a part of that commitment.

Summer Associate mentorship and feedback

We believe in transparency, and our summer associates receive continual feedback directly from the lawyers with whom they work.

We have a formal evaluation process that includes a midsummer check-in and end-of-summer review that encompasses valuable feedback from our lawyers on the quality of the summer associate's research, analysis, communication, judgment, and overall work product.

In addition to receiving personalized feedback from senior attorneys, each summer associate is assigned a mentor who will informally respond to any questions that may arise throughout the summer.

Summer Associate Social Events

The Ballard Spahr Summer Associate Program includes a variety of social and networking events to allow summer associates to get to know one another, our attorneys, and the communities in which they work.

Examples of past events in various offices include:

  • Baseball game and stadium tour
  • Golf tournament
  • Team cooking challenge
  • Crab feast
  • Scenic walk/run and BBQ


Lisa Feden
Manager of Entry Level Recruiting and Integration