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Unlock Your Potential with Best Best & Krieger LLP

Best Best & Krieger (BBK) is a leader in municipal and public agency law, representing hundreds of cities, counties, and special districts, including water districts, school districts, health care and hospital districts. Our city attorney and general counsel services include land use, environmental and natural resources matters, public finance, transportation, infrastructure and procurement, elections, labor and employment, and affordable housing. BBK is a unique firm for those looking to practice public interest work in a private law firm setting. For questions, please contact our Legal Recruiting Manager, Zarina Jurlin

2025 2L Summer Associate Program – APPLICATION OPEN

Our eight-week summer program provides law students with a representative sampling of our firm’s diverse practice areas and a chance to experience what it means to be a BBK attorney. Summer associates are given real work assignments that provide the opportunity to sharpen research and writing skills, solve problems for clients, learn from mentors and peers, and develop a greater understanding of how legal work can shape and impact our communities.

Our summer program will provide exposure to:

  • Diverse Practice Areas: Gain insight into our environmental and natural resources, labor and employment, business transactions, public finance, telecommunications, real estate, transportation and public infrastructure practices and the unique intersection of these issues and others facing our municipal, special district, and private sector clients.
  • Professional Development Trainings: Participate in sessions focused on best writing practices, effective and efficient legal research techniques, law firm finances, fostering diversity, cultivating professionalism, partnership advancement and marketing.
  • Engaging Client Opportunities: Attend city council and public agency meetings, court hearings, site visits, board meetings, mediations, and depositions alongside BBK attorneys.
  • Connection and Firm Culture: Get to know our attorneys and firm culture during social events such as cooking classes, trivia nights, community service activities, recreational outings, art classes, and sporting events.

Individualized Experience & Feedback

  • Mentorship: Every summer associate is matched with two dedicated mentors to assist with integration into the firm’s practices, answer questions, and help make connections.
  • Diverse Work Experience: Our open work assignment system provides exposure to our various practice areas and allows summer associates to work with different attorneys across the firm’s office locations and practice groups.
  • Constructive Feedback & Mid-Summer Review: Receive insight on work product and professional development throughout the summer and at an individualized, in-depth mid-summer review.
  • Build Toward a Fulfilling Career: Opportunity to rank interest in BBK practice areas at both the start and conclusion of the summer program to ensure firm placement aligns with summer associate preference.

The application period for our 2025 2L Summer Associate Program is open. The deadline to submit an application is July 12, 2024.


First Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Program

Be One of BBK’s 1L Diversity Fellows

At BBK, we embrace a culture that celebrates diversity and values unique perspectives. We are committed to attracting, employing, nurturing, and elevating attorneys and staff from various backgrounds. In line with these objectives, we established the First Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Program in 2014. Annually, this program offers a selected first year law student with a paid summer associate position in one of our participating offices and an accompanying $10,000 academic scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, the law student selected must receive and accept the offer to return to BBK the following summer. The $10,000 scholarship is paid following completion of the student’s second summer with BBK.

The application for the 2024 First Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Program is closed. The application for the 2025 First Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Program will open in December 2024.

Marco Ornelas Lopez

"My favorite part of BBK’s summer associate experience was meeting different members of the firm and solidifying what I felt since my interview: The culture of the firm made this place special."

Participant in 2019 and 2020 Summer Associate Program


Ornelas Lopez


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