Last year, when the pandemic derailed summer associate programs across the legal profession, Hunton Andrews Kurth adopted a virtual program that connected law students and partners across its U.S. offices. Instead of the usual programming, the firm asked the next generation of lawyers to help solve the problems of the profession they’ll soon be entering.

Now in its second year, the Hackathon is a “Shark Tank-style competition” during which associates work on solutions to issues such as the lack of diversity in the legal profession or high associate attrition in Big Law.