Summer associate programs have long been a crucial asset to not just finding and developing future talent for law firms, but also developing attorneys that represent the future of the profession.

Yet, these programs have oftentimes overlooked the opportunity to accomplish two equally important goals: developing diverse attorneys and increasing the overall diversity of the legal profession. Law firms should look to their summer associate programs as an important element to create a sustainable, diverse profession that better reflects our clients and population at large. Doing so will create a strong foundation for evolving firm culture and understanding the broader business and legal environment in which we operate.

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