Summer Program

The summer associate program at Masuda Funai is an integral part of our recruitment efforts and we hire most of our first year associates through this program. Law students are exposed to the firm's myriad practice areas and diverse client base, and are given the opportunity to work closely with all of our attorneys, including senior principals. The goal of our program is to provide skills in researching, drafting and performing legal analysis.

Summer associate assignments involve real client issues, with varying levels of complexity, in the areas of business, financial and real estate transactions, employment law, distribution and litigation matters. Whenever feasible, they are invited to participate in conference calls, work with our clients, and attend court proceedings.

Training and Mentoring
Summer associates attend various practice group meetings and in-house education sessions. Each summer associate is assigned a mentor, who oversees the workload, variety of assignments and provides guidance during the program. Another important aspect of the summer program is that each summer associate selects a research project dealing with a substantive legal issue, which will be presented at a firm-wide seminar at the end of the summer program. In most cases, the legal issue selected by the summer associate is a result of an actual issue that is assigned to the summer associate by one of the firm's attorneys. This presentation is intended to provide an opportunity for the summer associate to showcase his/her presentation skills, ability to effectively research and identify issues, as well as the ability to field questions with respect to the specific areas of his/her research. Our past summer associates have found this project to be an extremely rewarding experience.

Social Side
Of course, part of the summer associate experience involves a variety of social functions to allow summer associates and firm attorneys to become better acquainted. In addition to lunches and internal get-togethers, we organize a number of social events, including community and cultural activities.

If you are interested in being considered for Masuda Funai's summer associate program, please forward your resume and cover letter to:

David Alexander:

Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.
203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2500
Chicago, Illinois 60601-1262

For more information on Masuda Funai's practice and the services we provide, please review the firm's Practice Areas.