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Summer Associate Program

Kelly Hart  appreciates the importance of hiring talented, young lawyers. Nineteen of our young lawyers were named 2019 Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, which recognizes the top 2.5% of lawyers under age forty. Thirteen were named 2018 Top Attorneys in less than five years of practice by Fort Worth, Texas magazine and 14 Kelly Hart attorneys were listed amongst the 2018 Top Attorneys, less than 5 years in practice, by 360 West magazine.  To continue this tradition of excellence, Kelly Hart actively seeks the most highly qualified law students with both excellent academic records and a commitment to teamwork and professionalism.

Kelly Hart's six week summer program introduces second year law students to the work environment they will experience as a first year associate. Each summer associate is partnered with two sponsors who guide them through the clerkship experience, facilitate introductions, advise on work assignments, provide feedback, and offer insight into the culture of Kelly Hart.

Summer associates are given the opportunity to split time between transactional and litigation practice groups. They also play active roles in ongoing cases and transactions and are provided opportunities to attend trials, closings, depositions, contract negotiations, hearings and client meetings. Consistent with Kelly Hart's commitment to provide pro bono legal services, summer associates participate in the Tarrant County Chapter of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans Legal Clinic.

Kelly Hart's Summer Assocaite Program also presents several opportunities to interact with our lawyers outside of the work environment and gain exposure to some of the best cultural and recreational resources our community has to offer.

In the fall of 2019, we will be conducting interviews of second-year law students at the following locations:  

In Texas:

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • Sunbelt Minority Job Fair in Dallas
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • The University of Texas School of Law

If your school is not listed above, or you are otherwise unable to attend one of the scheduled interview sessions, and you are interested in applying for our summer 2020 clerk program, please mail your resume and law school transcript to:  Brynn O'Banion, Recruiting Coordinator, 201 Main Street, Suite 2500, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before August 1, 2019.

Please click here for the firm's 2019 NALP form.

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