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Deadline extended | August 31 - Now Closed

Fellowship Description

The Fellow will be hired to the position of a 2L Summer Associate at Mayer Brown for the summer following the Fellow’s second year of law school in 2018, and upon satisfactory completion of the summer program, will be expected to begin work at Mayer Brown in the Real Estate Markets practice group on a date to be determined by the firm.

Following satisfactory completion of the Summer Fellow Program at Mayer Brown, the Fellow may be hired to the position of full-time first year Fellow and/or Associate at Mayer Brown’s Real Estate Practice Group and will be expected to begin work on a date to be determined between the Fellow and Mayer Brown. This date is expected to be set after law school graduation and completion of the July 2019 bar examination. Following completion of the July 2019 bar examination, the Fellow will become an associate at the then-effective first year salary.  At the end of the Fellow’s second law firm year, assuming satisfactory performance at the law firm and a demonstrated interest in working in the commercial real estate investment division (known as PGIM Real Estate; https://www.pgim.com/businesses/real-estate) of the Prudential Law Department, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to be located in the Prudential Law Department in New Jersey for up to one year (the “Fellowship Year”).  The Fellow must be licensed to practice law in New Jersey before commencing the Fellowship Year.

During the Fellowship Year, the Fellow will continue to be solely employed, compensated and supervised by Mayer Brown. If the Fellow performs satisfactorily, in the judgment of Mayer Brown, during the Fellowship Year, the Fellow will be expected to return to Mayer Brown at the end of the Fellowship Year. Employment at all times under this program will be “at-will,” meaning that the Fellow or Mayer Brown may discontinue the employment relationship at any time, and for any reason. Mayer Brown and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.

Primary Responsibilities

The Fellow will join Mayer Brown in its New York or Chicago office in the summer of 2018 following successful completion of his or her second year of law school.

The Mayer Brown summer associate program (the “Program”) exposes law students to the day-to-day activities of practicing lawyers. The Program does not employ a rotation system or assign students to particular lawyers. Instead, students receive assignments based on their preferences – either selecting projects from an assignment coordinator attorney or by approaching a partner or associate with whom they’d like to work. Summer projects involve actual client matters, which provide hands-on experience and opportunities to observe or participate in closings, document drafting, client conferences and negotiation sessions. It is expected that the Fellow will select some assignments related to commercial real estate investments.


·      Minimum law school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

·      A 2L law student at the time of application, and will be completing his/her second year of a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school by May 2018.

·      Possess financial or business-related experience or demonstrated interest in real estate markets and commercial real estate investment.

·      Excellent oral and written communication abilities.

·      Strong conceptual thinking and legal analytical skills.

·      Strong interpersonal and social skills.

·      Strong organizational, time management and project management skills.

·      Ability to work and think independently.

·      Forward thinking ability with a risk management perspective.

·      Strong ethics and moral code.

·      Ability to efficiently multitask, manage priorities and meet deadlines.

·      Ability to effectively interact with individuals at all levels.

·      Ability to make accurate and time sensitive decisions.

·      Assess a range of situations and identify appropriate response and attention.

·      Prior work experience in the financial services, real estate or insurance industry is a plus.

·      Active member of NAPABA or its affiliates. Student leadership experience in these organizations is a plus.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit in a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter (addressed to NAPABA/Mayer Brown/Prudential Fellowship Selection Committee)

    • The cover letter should also include a personal statement that highlights one of the following topics that has not been captured in the candidate’s resume:

    1. a discussion of how diversity and inclusion in the workplace or in the academic environment has had a personal impact;

    2. an example of a time when the candidate faced a challenging project or assignment (work-related, community service, school-related, etc.) that required working with others in a team (including the issues, resolutions and overall result); or

    3. a discussion of how participation in the NAPABA/Mayer Brown/Prudential Fellowship Program will benefit and enhance the candidate’s experience at Mayer Brown.

  • Resume

  • List of three references

  • Writing sample

  • Copy of transcript

All materials must be received by the extended deadline of August 31, 2017. Finalists must be available to participate in phone interviews in August or September 2017. Selected candidates will be invited for in-person interviews in New York, NY or Newark, NJ in August or September  2017, with offers to be made shortly thereafter.


For questions, please email AuriaJoy Asaria at aasaria@napaba.org.

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