Summer Program


Cox, Castle & Nicholson has a summer program for second-year law students that provides a challenging and realistic law firm experience. Our program gives students a chance to interact with associates and partners to gain an understanding of the firm's culture. We believe that our people, the quality of our work product, and our overall working environment truly distinguishes us from other top law firms. Indeed, a large percentage of our partners were former summer clerks and have spent their entire careers at the firm.

A typical summer class ranges from two to four students. The smaller size fosters a very friendly environment and enables us to give each student individualized attention and training. Our summer clerks work on varied, interesting transactional and litigation projects, and generally receive prompt and constructive feed-back on their work.

We provide regular opportunities for students to directly observe court hearings, mediations, closings, depositions, client meetings, trials, and other aspects of our practice. The education and training our summer clerks receive through in-house seminars and hands-on legal work are an invaluable learning experience. If a clerk enters the summer with a particular interest (or develops one during the summer), we will make every effort to expose him or her to the varied aspects of that practice area and the attorneys and clients who work in the area.

The goal of our summer program is to enable our summer clerks to gain an understanding of the professional and personal advantages of practicing at our firm while giving us the chance to learn about their interests and talents.

How To Apply

We generally participate in the on-campus interview process at the following schools:

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

If an on-campus interview is not possible, and you are interested in applying for our summer program, please submit your resume, law school transcript and a cover letter to Kelly Matthews at


Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age and physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. 



How long after on-campus interviews do you extend callback invitations to students? We generally extend callback invitations within one week following the on-campus interview.

How long should an interviewee expect the call-back interviews to take? Interviews will generally take half a day, either morning, beginning at approximately 10 a.m., or afternoon, beginning at approximately 12:00 p.m. You will usually meet with eight attorneys during your visit.

How long after the call-back interview will an interviewee know the results of the interview? During the fall recruiting process, the Recruiting Committee meets regularly to review evaluations of law students who have visited our office. Due to the small size of our summer class, we generally extend only a limited number of offers at a time. Therefore, although we make every effort to notify you of the results within two weeks of your interview in our office, there are times when we may not be able to give you a final decision within that time frame. If you receive an offer, you will be asked to respond in accordance with NALP guidelines.

Do you allow students to split with another firm for the summer? While we prefer that you spend your entire summer with us, in certain circumstances, we do allow students to clerk with us for a portion of the summer. Our minimum stay for second year students is eight weeks at the beginning of the summer.

Will I work for a specific team during the summer program or do you have a rotation system? You will not be assigned to a specific team and we do not have a formal rotation system for our summer program. Rather, students participating in our summer program will get work from a variety of teams and will interact with all of the teams throughout the summer.

How is my work evaluated? The attorneys with whom you work evaluate your work and generally provide you with prompt feedback. You also will receive mid-summer and end-of-summer reviews.

Am I expected to bill a minimum number of hours? No, you are not required to bill a minimum number of hours. However, we do ask you to keep track of your time for client billing and administrative purposes.

Will I have a mentor? Yes, you will be teamed with 1-2 attorneys who will be your mentors. Your mentors are great resources to answer your questions and help you become familiar with the firm.

Will I have direct interaction with partners? Absolutely. Work assignments, training sessions, partner breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, hosted parties, and other social events are designed to promote interaction between you and Cox, Castle & Nicholson partners. In addition, you will have the opportunity to accompany partners to court, depositions, and client meetings.

Will I have secretarial support? Yes, you will be assigned a secretary who also works with other attorneys or legal assistants.

When will I know if I have received an offer to join the firm after graduation? We make every effort to notify our summer clerks of our hiring decision and usually extend offers within a week following the conclusion of the summer program. Although you will be assigned to a specific team before you start as a full time associate, we will not be able to tell you when we make the offer at the end of your summer on which team you will be placed. Depending on the firm's needs, we do, however, make every effort to have you join one of your top three team choices when you join us after graduation.

Does Cox, Castle & Nicholson offer any compensation while I am studying for the bar? Yes. The firm pays for a basic bar review course, an additional course of your choice, and all bar exam fees. You will receive a stipend equal to one month’s salary shortly after your graduation from law school.

What Our Past
Clerks Have Said

"The summer program at Cox, Castle & Nicholson gives you a great insight into the firm's amazing culture, work, and people, while teaching you practical skills you don't learn in law school." -- Nick Cameron, USC Gould School of Law, Summer 2016

"Through the summer program, I was able to see first-hand what makes Cox, Castle & Nicholson such a great place to work." -- Kaeli Jones, UCLA School of Law, Summer 2016

"The summer program provided a view into life as a young associate at a premier real estate and land use firm, by allowing me to engage in rigorous work and to collaborate with leaders in these fields." -- Ashley Weinstein-Carnes, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Summer 2015

"I thought I knew a lot of people who knew a lot about real estate, but there is an unparalleled concentration of real estate expertise at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP." -- Jason Matthews, USC Gould School of Law, Summer 2015

"Cox, Castle & Nicholson's summer program allows summer clerks to experience a diverse range of exciting projects, improve their research and writing skills, and receive mentorship and support as they start their legal careers." -- Nina Prasad, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Summer 2014

"The summer was full of hard work, new experiences, personal growth, but most of all it was about great people and a lot of fun." -- Sheena Stoecker, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Summer 2014

"The summer program provided a fantastic glimpse into what it’s like to be a young associate at Cox, Castle & Nicholson. The work was interesting and challenging and really helped to hone my research and writing skills. Everyone at the firm was extremely welcoming, kind, and willing to provide any assistance or support that I needed." -- Jeremy Gruber, UCLA School of Law, Summer 2013

"The summer program gave me a great idea of what it would be like to practice as a first year associate at Cox, Castle & Nicholson and the feedback from those involved in the program allowed me to improve skills that carried over into my last year of law school and first year of practice." -- Monica Briseño, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Summer 2011 

"Participating in the summer program gave me insight into life as a practicing attorney at Cox, Castle & Nicholson.  Not only did I receive assignments that were intellectually stimulating, but I also experienced the culture that makes Cox, Castle & Nicholson unique.  The summer program provided a high level of support, training, and encouragement that helped shape me into the attorney I am today."  -- Amanda Wolin, UCLA School of Law, Summer 2011 

"Through a combination of real-world work assignments, meetings, social events, and the opportunity to shadow attorneys at depositions and court appearances, the summer program taught me what to expect as a first year attorney at Cox, Castle & Nicholson." -- Karen Gold, Boston University School of Law, Summer 2007

"I began my career at Cox, Castle & Nicholson as a summer clerk in the Summer of 2000, and became a partner effective January 1, 2010.  Like many of my fellow partners, who were former summer clerks with the firm, I have been fortunate to find a firm with friends and colleagues that guided me as a summer clerk, mentored and challenged me as an associate, and have continued to support  the growth of my practice as a partner." -- Alicia Vaz, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Summer 2000

Summer Program Contact



Kelly Matthews