Summer Associate Program 2014

Sands Anderson PC is a medium size, full service law firm.  Our attorneys handle a comprehensive range of transactional and litigation legal services to businesses, business owners and company executives; financial institutions; governments; healthcare providers; professional service firms and practitioners; individuals and insurers.

Program Overview

Sands Anderson PC will host a twelve week Summer Associate Program (May - August 2014) for 1-2 law student(s) following his or her second year of law school, introducing them to our legal practice, business model and firm culture.  Our program is based in our home office located in downtown Richmond; however, students can expect work assignments from and the opportunity to travel to each of our other offices located in Fredericksburg, McLean, Christiansburg and Raleigh.  While the Summer Associates gain a working knowledge of our law firm, our clients and our expectations for new attorneys, we get to know the Summer Associates, taking the opportunity to consider each for a position with our firm following the completion of law school.


The program offers Summer Associates the chance to work on a variety of assignments from each of the firm's practice areas, encouraging them to fully explore the opportunities available at the firm and gain a deeper understanding of our business.  A project attorney assigns work based on the Summer Associates' expressed interests and workload availability. 

A Summer Associate working on a transactional matter might enjoy opportunities to track recent state legislation for a lobbying client, participate in a county Board of Supervisors' meeting or assist with a commercial real estate transaction.  A Summer Associate assisting on a litigation matter might accompany an attorney to the deposition of an adverse party, visit the scene of an airplane crash or spend a day or more in court observing a complex jury trial.  We encourage Summer Associates to accompany our attorneys to closings, client conferences, hearings, local government meetings, trials, depositions and other opportunities for firsthand experience.

The work assignments of each Summer Associate are precisely the type and complexity of assignments given to first year, full-time associates.  Summer Associates in our program work on assignments that we bill out to our clients; therefore we maintain a high expectation for quality and strong attention to detail. 

Scheduled and impromptu luncheons with attorneys provide opportunities for Summer Associates to discuss the attorneys' areas of expertise, particularly timely and interesting cases and details of the firm's structure, management and marketing.  Summer Associates are invited and encouraged to participate in the Continuing Legal Education seminars and associate training sessions scheduled throughout the summer.  Program topics range from legal ethics to trial tactic seminars and marketing strategies.

Program Management and Mentors

Our Summer Associate Program Leader, Henry C. Spalding, Shareholder, manages the summer program, from the initial recruitment and selection of program participants, through administering the twelve week program during the summer and, finally, to the employment decision making process at the conclusion of the program term.  As Program Leader, Mr. Spalding makes sure that the Summer Associate receives diverse, interesting and challenging assignments as well as the opportunity to assess if it is an environment where they would like to spend their career following law school.   

Each Summer Associate is matched with an Attorney Mentor.  The mentor is assigned based on specific consideration of the skills, goals, experiences and interests of each.  The mentor provides the Summer Associate with information on all aspects of the firm, as well as advice on how to manage and complete work assignments, ensuring appropriate feedback, providing general guidance and support, and ultimately helping the Summer Associate transition into the firm.

Feedback and Evaluations

Summer Associates receive both formal and informal feedback on their work performance.  Formal evaluations take place at the mid-point and end of the summer.  We also encourage our attorneys to provide direct, ongoing feedback during and at the completion of the assigned projects.  Summer Associates will attend weekly assignment meetings with a Summer Associate Assignment Leader who is another Shareholder enlisted to support the program.  This gives the Summer Associates an opportunity to get feedback directly from a senior attorney ("partner") who is assigned to oversee all assignments.  These meetings present opportunities for feedback from a constant source and help manage the flow of assignments.

Cultural Fit

We view the summer program as the first step to making a long term investment in a future attorney.  For this reason, we look for a strong cultural fit between the Summer Associate and the firm.  During the summer, we plan a number of social events designed to provide our Summer Associates, attorneys, staff and families opportunities to become better acquainted away from the confines of the office.  Popular events in past years include concerts, tours of Richmond landmarks, impromptu outings and dinner in the homes of our attorneys.  Students will also join attorneys in community service activities such as volunteering at the Food Bank.

Selection Process

Working closely with a law student for a twelve week period provides our attorneys with opportunities to recognize promise and initiative and allows them to make more informed choices when selecting future full-time associates.  Many of our current attorneys were former Summer Associates.  We believe that our summer program accurately reflects the life of an entry level attorney with our firm.  By this, at the end of the summer, Summer Associates know exactly what to expect should they receive and accept an employment offer.

Timeline for 2014 Summer Recruitment

  • August 1 - September 1: Formal Resume Collection Period
  • September 1 - 6: On-Campus Interviews and Screening
  • September 6 - 27: In-House "Call Back" Interviews
  • September 30: Extend Offer to Selected 2014 Summer Associate(s)

We encourage all interested and eligible 2nd Year Law Students to apply for our 2014 Summer Associate Program.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample to:

Sands Anderson PC
Post Office Box 1998
Richmond, VA 23218-1998
Confidential Fax: (804) 783-7295

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Janet Broadway
Director of Human Resources
Sands Anderson PC
P.O. Box 1998
Richmond, VA 23218
Direct: (804) 783-7222
Confidential Fax: (804) 783-7295

Sands Anderson is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and maintains a drug free workplace.