Our clerkship program is designed to expose clerks to the “real life” practice of law at Hopping Green & Sams. We invest significant resources to introduce law students to our practice and our firm, including real work experience, client contact, and other practical training programs not offered in law school. Each clerk has an opportunity to explore the diverse practice portfolio of our firm under the supervision of attorneys who provide timely and substantive feedback on completed assignments. Because the firm has a collective and not hierarchical structure, clerks may work directly with the most junior associate one day, and the most senior shareholder the next.
The HGS Clerkship Experience
Each HGS clerk experience is unique, based primarily on client needs and the calendar of work that arises during a given summer or academic semester. Generally, clerks should expect to enjoy many of the following opportunities and others that have highlighted previous clerk experiences:
- Assignments that ensure an informative exposure to all of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys. Because of our firm’s size, clerks have the opportunity to get to know most, if not all, of the shareholders and associates.
- Inside exposure to the operations of state and federal government, potentially including an interim committee meeting of the Florida Legislature; meeting with top officials from federal or state agencies; or attending arguments in the federal and state courts. It is our hope that our clerks will obtain some understanding of how regulatory matters are resolved and governmental policy is developed, in addition to the firm’s active participation in those procedures on behalf of our clients.
- For clerks working at the firm during the summer, several social outings with the opportunity to interact with our lawyers on an informal basis. These outings take advantage of both the cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities available in Tallahassee and its surrounding area, including: an annual canoe trip with the firm’s lawyers and families along the local Wakulla River; an art gallery hop that occurs on the First Friday of each month in Tallahassee; and a dinner at a shareholder’s home for all firm lawyers and families.
Each fall, we recruit top students from leading law schools throughout the United States as summer clerks for the following year. We currently conduct on-campus interviews at the University of Alabama School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, Georgia Law and the Stetson University College of Law. We collect resumes from the University of Miami School of Law, University of South Carolina and the Vermont Law School.
Candidates at schools not currently scheduled for on-campus interviews or resume collection should send a letter or email to our Recruiting Coordinator explaining their interest in HGS and attaching a resume, transcript and writing sample. In order to ensure full consideration, these materials must be received by us no later than the August 15 of each year, for positions beginning the following year.
Academic Semester Clerks
Throughout the year, HGS also recruits students as academic semester clerks for the fall and spring semesters. Second and third year law students interested in a semester clerk position should also contact our Recruiting Coordinator with the information requested above.
Law Students and Recent Graduates
Third year law students interested in associate opportunities with HGS should check with the Career Services office at their law schools to determine whether HGS will be recruiting on campus for full-time associate positions. Candidates at law schools where HGS is not conducting on-campus interviews should send a letter or email to our Recruiting Coordinator explaining their interest in HGS and attaching a resume, transcript and writing sample. In order to ensure full consideration, these materials must be received by us no later than September 1 of each year, for positions beginning the following year.