McGrath North is one of Nebraska’s largest law firms and continually strives to provide the highest possible level of legal representation for its clients. To achieve this goal, the firm must recruit and develop highly motivated law students and lateral candidates who possess the strong academic background and desire to meet the needs of McGrath North and its clients.
McGrath North’s Recruiting Committee annually conducts fall and spring on-campus interviews at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska. We also continually conduct office interviews with interested and qualified candidates. By offering compensation at the top of the market and the opportunity for an intensive, broad-range national practice, McGrath North is able to attract and retain top-quality candidates. We evaluate and compensate our attorneys based on effectiveness and contribution to serving McGrath North clients. Our success in recruiting and in the firm’s law clerk program is illustrated by the fact that many of the firm’s attorneys started at McGrath North as first-year law clerks
The Goal. The goal of McGrath North’s summer program is for summer associates to experience first-hand, high-quality substantive legal work in the areas of the law that most appeal to them. By exposing the summer associates to the breadth of the firm’s national practice and its varied clients, the law clerks can better understand our multiple practice areas and the culture of the firm.
How We Do It. During the summer program, summer associates are matched up with a broad workgroup of attorneys in the summer associates’ primary areas of interest. Doing so allows the summer associates to experience a very high caliber of interesting and challenging hands-on work in an environment that encourages responsibility and individuality. Attorneys within the workgroups provide constructive feedback to the summer associate and personally invest in the summer associate’s development. McGrath North’s “open door” policy means attorneys are available to respond to questions from the summer associates about the firm or specific projects.
Many law students do not yet know what type or areas of law will interest them. Due to the scope of the work and sophistication of the firm’s clients, summer associates gain exposure to many different practice areas of the firm and get the opportunity to work with a variety of our attorneys. Evaluations are held during the middle of summer and at the end before returning to school. During these evaluations, the summer associate receives input on their overall progression and performance at the firm. In addition to delivering a solid hands-on work experience, McGrath North also holds several social events and community service projects throughout the summer to give the summer associates an opportunity to interact with the attorneys in the firm and learn about opportunities to serve the Omaha community.
Your Future. The primary goal of our summer program is to identify and develop law students to someday join us as associates. Most of the partners at McGrath North started as summer associates and the program is our preferred source of new hires. Because the size of the summer program is based on anticipated future associate needs at the firm, the summer associates enjoy a cooperative and collegial relationship with their peers.
If you are interested in joining McGrath North as a law clerk or summer associate, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Patrick D. Pepper, McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, First National Tower, Suite 3700, 1601 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102-1627, firstname.lastname@example.org