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Law Students

Let your talent and drive pave the way.

Your first foray into the legal profession often sets the tone and trajectory of your career to come. We believe in providing law students and recent graduates with the experience, guidance and industry exposure they’ll need to propel themselves forward on their career paths.

Frost Brown Todd offers three unique opportunities for aspiring or newly minted members of the bar: The first is a scholarship fund earmarked for diverse and forward-thinking students. The other two — our Summer and First-Year Associate Programs — offer immersive, professional-track training and substantive work assignments, all designed to help you quickly rise to the level expected of a Frost Brown Todd attorney.

Janine Tate Webb | Associate | Lexington, KY

When I started as a summer associate, I soon realized FBT was the right choice for me. The structure of the summer program strikes the perfect balance between work, social experiences and exposure to various practice groups and people at all levels of the firm. I felt like part of the team and received invaluable feedback from mentors who have continued to support me in my practice to the present day. By the end of the summer, I knew exactly what I had to look forward to as an FBT attorney.

Opportunities@Frost Brown Todd

Read on to see how our team can help you build the foundation for a rewarding legal career.

Summer Associate Program

Come for the summer. Come back for the long haul. 

Sharpen your skills by working alongside Frost Brown Todd attorneys at depositions, arbitrations, negotiations and client consultations. As a summer associate, we see to it you are exposed to a wide range of activities and hands-on training based on the area(s) of law you want to explore. By program’s end, you will leave with a better sense of what you have to offer and a network of people ready to help you reach your career goals.

Do meaningful work.
We believe in providing summer associates with meaningful hands-on experience in a variety of industries and practice areas. We learn what aspects of the law excite you and connect you with teams specializing in those areas. Throughout the summer, our work coordinators make sure all assignments are fairly distributed among associates, with the appropriate balance of billable hours, observation and training opportunities.

Team up with not one, but two mentors.
We pair summer associates with both a member and an associate to serve as mentors, on hand to answer questions and introduce you to attorneys and clients. These mentor/mentee relationships often outlast the duration of the program, continuing into the school year and beyond.

Learn your strengths, pinpoint areas for improvement.
When it comes to communicating with summer associates, we articulate expectations clearly and provide constructive feedback on your performance at every step of the way. Most of this feedback will be informal in nature, but at both the midpoint and conclusion of the program you will receive a formal evaluation, highlighting your strengths and pinpointing areas where additional training would help you deliver on your full potential.

Enjoy several career development opportunities.
Summer associates also spend a great deal of time in the field, touring our clients’ facilities, learning about their business operations and getting a firsthand glimpse of what it takes to build in-house relationships with world-class companies. In addition to fieldwork, we host weekly forums during which representatives of the firm’s management committees and practice groups share their perspective and interact candidly with summer associates.

Connect with colleagues at informal social events.
Summer associates aren’t isolated from one another, nor are they excluded from various firm-wide events during the summer months. Rather, here at the firm and elsewhere, you can get to know your colleagues during luncheons, meet-and-greets and community engagement projects. For previous summer associates, these social gatherings have been both fun and illuminating.

Witness skilled attorneys in action.
Many of our attorneys are at the forefront of complex and still-evolving areas of the law, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and global privacy regulations. Some are considered luminaries in their respective fields. As a summer associate, you will get to work alongside these accomplished attorneys.

First-Year Associate Program

Get your start at the right firm. With real opportunities right from the start.

Combining skills-based instruction and observation with direct hands-on experience in the field, our First-Year Associate Program is designed to give you the tools and relationships needed to quickly rise to the level expected of a Frost Brown Todd attorney. As a first-year associate, you will take on a high degree of responsibility early on, with increasingly sophisticated assignments as you progress through the program. You will also have opportunities to broaden your horizons through client placements and by contributing to pro bono and community service projects.

Mentoring is an equally vital part of our professional development platform. We pair you with a member and an associate mentor. These attorneys will guide you forward, introduce you to colleagues and clients and help you take your practice to the next level.

At Frost Brown Todd, it’s all about putting the right people and opportunities in your path while giving you license to determine your own success.

Market-competitive salaries (with reduced billable hour requirement)
We offer market-competitive salaries, yet with a billable hour requirement (1200 hours) which is well below that of other similarly sized firms. We supplement billable work with 800 additional hours of training during your first year, allowing you to focus on the kind of professional development that will be most beneficial to you in the long run.

Knowledge Coach
You will be paired with an attorney to serve as your “knowledge coach” for the duration of the program. Your knowledge coach will put the time in to learn about your interests and work with you to devise a training regimen, pursue relevant opportunities and manage overall workflow.

Secrets of Success
We’ve developed an innovative and informative mini-MBA program, which will give you some fluency in core business strategies and help you relate to clients on a broader plane. We also offer a series of “Secrets of Success” programs throughout the year to help refine your lawyering skills. You will hear experienced attorneys and clients advise on topics like initiative-taking, business generation and client responsiveness.

Placement opportunities with clients and non-profit organizations
You will have opportunities to work directly with our clients in their place of business, learn about their operations and fine-tune your client service skills. Frost Brown Todd also maintains longstanding relationships with several nonprofit organizations in our footprint, giving you the chance to contribute through pro bono and community service projects.

On-Campus Recruiting Itinerary

2019 Interview Programs

Come find us on the recruitment trail! We’re good at spotting talent. Even better at developing it.

School 
Interviewer
Date 
BLSA Midwest Diversity Career Fair Yaz Ashrawi 8/16/19
Capital University Law School Yaz Ashrawi
Sam Quimby
8/12/19
Chase College of Law Alyse Bender Hoffer
Neal Shah
8/7/19
Cook County Bar Association Job Fair Neal Shah 7/23/19
Duquesne University School of Law Steve Regan 8/8/19
IBA Diversity Job Fair Jennifer O’Guinn
Sunrita Sen
8/6/19
Indiana University Maurer School of Law Kandi Hidde
Jennifer O’Guinn
8/12/19
Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law Jennifer O’Guinn
Emily Schmale
8/8/19
Ohio State University
Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Yaz Ashrawi
Scott Phillips
8/5/19
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law Kimera Hall 8/7/19
University of Alabama School of Law Tonya Austin
Josh Lewis
8/7/19
University of Cincinnati College of Law Ali Razzaghi
Nicole Tepe
8/6/19
University of Kentucky College of Law Peter Cummins
Holly Powell
8/19/19
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Peter Cummins
Emily Meyer
8/6/19
University of Michigan Law School Jeff Lindemann 8/1/19
University of Notre Dame Law School Tommy Gleason
Doug Lutz
8/5/19
University of Pittsburgh School of Law Nich Koch 8/9/19
University of Tennessee College of Law Adam Dietrich
Doug Lutz
8/9/19
University of Virginia School of Law Amanda England 8/9/19
Vanderbilt University Law School Tonya Austin
Tom Lee
7/31/19
Washington University School of Law Tessa Castner
Scott Phillips
8/13/19
West Virginia Univ. College of Law Jared Tully 8/19/19
William & Mary School of Law Amanda England 8/8/19

Diversity Scholarship Fund

Because the debt burden of law school often serves as a barrier to hard-working and talented individuals, the Diversity Scholarship Fund was created to offset some of the costs. As part of our diversity and inclusion efforts, the scholarship fund also serves as one of the many ways Frost Brown Todd is building a pipeline of diverse attorneys.

Frost Brown Todd awards approximately five $2,000 scholarships each year to deserving law students. The scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated service to the cause of diversity, potential for service to the profession, service to the community, academic achievements and demonstration of values contained in Frost Brown Todd’s Vision Statement.

Applications are distributed to law schools each year and are available upon request from Justin Fowles (jfowles@fbtlaw.com).

Recruiting Contact

  • Karen M. Laymance

    Director of Recruiting & Legal Personnel

    Cincinnati, OH

Diversity & Inclusion

Working at a place where everyone thinks like you – or, worse, where you feel pressured to check your authentic self at the door – severely limits opportunities for personal and professional growth. We wouldn’t want to work under those conditions. And we imagine you don’t either. That’s why we’re committed to hiring qualified individuals who share our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplaces and communities.

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