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What is the firm’s minimum billable hour requirement for associates?

We don’t have a billable hour quota or requirement, nor do we publish or review billable hours totals for our lawyers. We want our lawyers to focus on solving problems and completing projects, not on accumulating “hours.”

What type of lawyers do you hire?

We seek bright, well-rounded, independent people willing to work with other people in a mutually supportive manner.

Are new associates assigned directly to a practice area?

We want our new associates to work on projects in each of the four major areas of the firm’s practice (corporate, litigation, real estate, and tax/trusts and estates). We believe this broad training produces better lawyers and better firm members. Typically, associates become members of one of our departments after one year to 18 months. 

Does the firm have mentors for its new associates? 

Yes, each associate has a mentor during the first year. Once an associate is assigned to a specific department, he or she is assigned a new mentor within that department who works with them as long as they remain an associate.

Does the firm allow part-time or flexible work arrangements?

Yes, we have both partners and associates who work under part-time or reduced-workload arrangements. These arrangements are all individually designed. We don’t take a rigid approach as to specific part-time policies because one size does not fit all.

Does the firm hire laterals?

Yes, we’re always interested in hiring outstanding attorneys as laterals.

How many summer associates do you plan to hire?

We do not make rigid plans about the number of summer associates we will hire each year. We want to make sure, however, that we do not hire more summer associates than we can effectively assimilate and provide with a meaningful experience during the summer with our firm.

Are summer associates allowed to split the summer between Robinson Bradshaw and another firm?  

Yes, summer associates are allowed to split the summer. 

What type of work is given to summer associates? 

The work experience of a summer associate is similar in diversity and responsibility to that of a new associate. The summer program affords a broad exposure to and participation in our practice (including pro bono activities), as well as significant interaction with clients and other lawyers on challenging matters. Summer associates are also encouraged to participate in practice area meetings and training lunches held throughout the summer. These meetings offer an informal setting in which summer associates can become better acquainted with our practice and our lawyers.

Are there social events during the summer?

Absolutely. The summer is full of a variety of social activities. We want you to get to know us, and vice versa, on a more personal level, and plan many activities to encourage this.

How do I find summer housing?

We’re glad to arrange your summer housing for you. We have relationships with several apartment complexes near uptown Charlotte that provide fully furnished, fully equipped one- and two-bedroom apartments. We can arrange your housing directly with them.

How do I apply?

We consider both candidates we meet in our on-campus interviews and those whose resumes we receive otherwise. To start your application process, go to our campus recruiting calendar to see if we’ll be conducting interviews at your school. If your school is not listed, please complete the online application.

If you’re applying as a judicial clerk or lateral attorney, please send a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Attorney Recruiting Administrator Susan K. Floyd.

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