Each summer, Groom Law Group hosts its 1L Summer Mentorship Program for rising 2L law students who are working in DC for the summer. Groom Law Group is a leading health, retirement, and employee benefits firm with a national practice and a preeminent reputation. Located across from The White House in Washington, DC, we are home to a diverse group of over 80 attorneys with vast governmental and private legal experience. The Summer Mentorship Program is intended to complement existing summer employment for rising second-year law students who have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession (for example, those who identify as racially/ethnically diverse, LGBTQ, or disabled). The Program focuses on preparing for the 2L summer recruiting process and future opportunities in private practice – particularly in employee benefits, health, and retirement law. Participants are paired with a Groom associate mentor, who can be a casual point of contact in DC to answer questions about the DC legal market and navigating DC in general. We also host four dinner programs geared toward embarking on a legal career in DC. Meet Your Mentor & Law Firm 101 How are firms structured? How do you make partner? How are assignments made? We’ll answer your questions about how law firms really work. Outside the Law Firm Box There are a myriad of legal career options in DC – from Capitol Hill to federal agencies to in-house counsel. Hear from lawyers with wide-ranging experiences about the paths they have taken to discover which type of practice may be right for you. Nuts & Bolts of Law Firm Interviewing From Vault research to on-campus interviews to call-backs, we’ll give you the scoop – plus voluntary mock interviews to get extra practice. Networking Dinner Developing contacts is a key to success at all stages of a legal career. We’ll end our summer with an evening out that includes tips for networking and staying in touch. Note that participation in the Summer Mentorship Program is voluntary and not an offer of employment. There is no obligation on Groom or Program participants regarding future participation or employment.