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Summer Associates

Black McCuskey’s Summer Associate Program seeks to provide on-site work experience for self-motivated, dedicated, scholastic achievers who want the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a corporate law firm atmosphere.

You’ll Be Treated Like A Colleague

Designed to mirror the demands and expectations of our first-year associates, Black McCuskey’s Summer Associate Program provides direct interaction with partners and associates from day one. In addition to legal research, our past summer associates have had the opportunity to assist our attorneys in:

  • Writing appellate briefs

  • Drafting various pleadings, such as motions for summary judgment, motions for federal court, and motions for bankruptcy court

  • Trial preparation

  • Attendance and assistance at trials

  • Drafting releases

  • Drafting estate documents

  • Drafting corporate formation documents

  • Actively participating in all seven practice area group roundtable discussions

  • Attending client conferences and counseling sessions

  • Participating in client development activities

  • You’ll Be Supported By Attorneys & BMSA Administration

  • Summer Associates at Black McCuskey are provided with an office, a computer, administrative support, client development and marketing support, in-house library and Westlaw access. In addition, the Stark County Library is conveniently located next door to Black McCuskey’s Canton Office.

  • Our compensation is commensurate with the salary for first year associates and is extremely competitive. Additional compensation for parking in an attached parking deck is also offered to those students participating in our program.

You’ll Have An Opportunity To Learn

While Black McCuskey’s interview process is extremely selective, we pride ourselves on creating a meaningful and productive work experience for our Summer Associate law students. Our goal is to give both the student and the firm the opportunity to learn about each other prior to making hiring decisions. We typically hire between one and three summer associates.

We Balance Work With Fun!

Black McCuskey is committed to professional and personal growth. We encourage our Summer Associates to participate in networking events with our clients, as well as several social outings during the summer including:

  • Lunch/dinner at local restaurants

  • Firm luncheons and golf outings

  • Canton events and firm-sponsored events

  • Cleveland Indians games

  • Several dinners hosted by Firm Partners and Associates

We often conduct on-campus interviews and/or collect resumes from The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, The University of Akron and, on occasion, The University of Pittsburgh, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Indiana University and The University of Cincinnati. However, we always welcome the opportunity to meet with law students who have strong academic and personal backgrounds.

For consideration for a Summer Associate position, please forward your resume to Brian R. Mertes at

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