Summer Associates

Most MacDonald Illig associates are recruited through our summer associate program, which has been in place for many years. Consistent with our firm culture, we are committed to getting to know you well, to positively contributing to your ongoing professional development, and to providing you with a realistic preview of your future as an attorney at MacDonald Illig.

Each summer, we typically hire 4 to 6 first and second year law school students, each of whom receive significant individual attention and guidance. The program is coordinated by two attorneys who meet weekly with the group and who distribute assignments in a manner which will expose you to as many practice areas and attorneys as possible. You then work directly with the assigning attorney. Most assignments involve legal research and the drafting of memoranda, pleadings, briefs and a range of transactional documents.

In addition, an important part of your development is the opportunity to see our attorneys "in action." At least once each week, you will accompany an attorney to a professional activity of your choice, including client meetings, closings, depositions, oral arguments and trials.

We also invite you to participate in a number of social activities throughout the summer to get to know your peers as well as the MacDonald Illig attorneys. Events often include lunches, dinners, sporting events and impromptu gatherings.

We understand the importance of feedback, and our attorneys are asked to review completed assignments with you throughout the summer. At the conclusion of the summer, an exit interview is conducted to, again, provide feedback and to gather your input about your experience at MacDonald Illig.

We welcome inquiries from motivated and interested law students. We recruit on various campuses and conduct interviews at our offices. If you wish to apply for a summer associate position, please submit your resume by mail or email to:

Jenna Bickford, Esquire
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP
100 State St, Suite 700
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 814-870-7762
Fax: 814-454-4647