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Summer Experience

Penn State Law

Jared Kephart

Jared Kephart sees time is his most precious asset. Last year, he decided to focus on finding a summer associate position that offered the best fit for geography, practice area, and stability. For Kephart, that meant Pittsburgh, oil and gas, and a firm with no-debt financing. He zeroed in on K&L Gates and enlisted the help of career services dean Neil Sirota in making an approach.

Summer work profile: Keana Williams discovers litigation confidence

Keana Williams never thought she could stand in a courtroom, in front of a judge and litigate a case.  However, spending the summer interning for a federal judge boosted her confidence in litigation.  Because of her business background, Williams entered law school wanting to go into corporate and transactional law, without ever considering any type of litigation, even corporate litigation, but her summer intern experience changed her mind.


Dahmann“Working at the Drug Enforcement Administration has been such a rewarding experience…what appears to be a simple legal research question can affect every single DEA employee, including agents in the field, locally and abroad.”
Kristina Dahmann,
Summer Law Clerk, Drug Enforcement Administration 

Finding meaningful work during the summer is important for law students to gain on-the-job experience and build connections with other associates and legal professionals. Every summer, Penn State Law students work diligently in the United States and abroad. They explore career options and user their new legal skills to address a variety of problems. Here is a look at some of our student work experiences in a variety of legal environments.

Summer Work 2013

Summer Work 2012

Summer Work 2011

Summer Work 2010