The question of “Where to practice?” is often as difficult to answer as “What to practice?” Certainly the process of determining “Which law firm?” can be confusing. Law firms each have a unique personality, and an important part of the process of becoming a summer associate is finding the right fit for you.
Gray Plant Mooty’s personality stems from our enduring stability, respectful culture, and drive to do great legal work. As the oldest Minneapolis law firm (now also with offices in St. Cloud and Washington, DC), our 146-year history is a testament to combining core values with the vibrancy and agility to adapt to the ever-changing legal market. We work hard to cultivate and protect our reputation for maintaining a unique culture of respect and collaboration. We do challenging and complex work that is vital to the success of our clients.
Being 146 years old means Gray Plant Mooty has learned to take the long view, which informs much of what we do and who we are. It manifests itself on a personal level and it has practical applications. Among other things, the long view means that when we hire summer associates, we do not treat them as seasonal employees. We set our summer class size based on our anticipated hiring needs and always hope to be in a position to make offers to summer associates who have performed well. We provide meaningful work and observation opportunities to summer associates so that they get a realistic perspective on the practice of law at Gray Plant Mooty, and so that we get a realistic understanding of summer associates’ skills and abilities. It also means that we hire associates with the goal of helping them to be successful and to build a career with us.