Our standard for professionalism and service to clients is high, as are our expectations when considering candidates to join the firm. Butler Snow looks for excellence and strength of mind, but we also seek well-rounded individuals who have interests beyond a commitment to the law.
New Attorneys. Butler Snow’s primary means through which it identifies and hires new law school graduates is its Summer Associate Program. The Summer Associate Program focuses on candidates who have completed their first (1L) year of law school and is typically offered for six (6) weeks during the first half of the summer.
For 2021, Butler Snow’s Summer Associate Program will run from mid-May to late June and will be offered in the firm’s offices in the following cities:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Austin, Texas
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Ridgeland, Mississippi
The firm’s Recruiting Committee is tasked with considering candidates for the Summer Associate Program as well as for full-time associate positions. In reviewing applications and interviewing 1L candidates for participation in the Summer Program, Butler Snow:
- Typically requires that applicants be in the top 10% of their class; and
- Seeks applicants with demonstrated skills in judgment and reasoning, communication (writing and speaking), and personal relations. These skills may be reflected by a person’s academic performance as well as his or her involvement in extracurricular interests and activities.
Candidates who complete the Summer Associate Program following their 1L year may be invited back to participate in the Summer Associate Program during the summer after their second (2L) year of law school.
Butler Snow typically makes offers for full-time associate positions from among those candidates who have participated in the Summer Associate Program. When selecting law students to invite into the firm as full-time associates, Butler Snow continues to value applicants who remain in the top 10% of their class and demonstrate skills in judgment, reasoning, communication (writing and speaking), and personal relations. The firm also prefers applicants who have been members of a predominant law journal or Moot Court at their schools.
Overall, Butler Snow seeks candidates with the ability, judgment, personality, energy, and commitment to develop into wise counselors, effective advocates, and valued colleagues.
Experienced Attorneys. Although Butler Snow recruits through our Law School Recruiting Program, we seek lateral hires to fill specific needs. Qualified lateral attorneys help us broaden and deepen the scope of our practice and maintain our commitment to client service excellence. We are interested in talented attorneys with backgrounds that enhance our abilities, who share our values and philosophy and can quickly become full members of our team. Above all, because the quality of the Butler Snow team is our greatest asset, we look for judgment, character and proven ability in our lateral hires. For more information, please contact our Recruiting Team.