Summer Clerkship Program

Summer Clerkship video


Leigh Anne Wilson "As a returning clerk, Bowles Rice continues to impress as the firm for both a collegial, welcoming workplace and a strong emphasis on work/life balance. Being a mother and a non-traditional law student, I truly believe Bowles Rice is the hands-down winner for firm culture. This summer presented many challenging projects and practical experiences that rocketed my professional growth and refined my understanding of the law."

Leigh Anne Wilson
West Virginia University College of Law
2019 Summer Clerk

Tyler Barton "This summer clerkship far exceeded my expectations.  Many of my colleagues recommended Bowles Rice because of the investment the firm makes in the success of its summer clerks.  I was pleased to find out how true my colleagues’ sentiments were.  The experience that I have gained through completing practical assignments and building professional relationships is invaluable.  Bowles Rice truly does an exceptional job at providing a comprehensive summer program that develops critical skills for the practice of law.  I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented and thoughtful attorneys who are truly invested in my professional growth, and I would absolutely recommend Bowles Rice to any law student seeking summer employment."

Tyler Barton 
West Virginia University College of Law
2019 Summer Clerk

Francesca Rollo "Because of the welcoming, brilliant attorneys and the warm, helpful staff, I can say with certainty that Bowles Rice is the best place to begin your legal career. You will be challenged each day, but always with immense support. Everyone you work with takes a true interest in your personal success and professional growth. Bowles Rice exceeded all my expectations. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their Summer Clerkship Program."

Francesca Rollo
West Virginia University College of Law
2019 Summer Clerk

Jordan Maddy"After two summers spent clerking for Bowles Rice, the firm’s commitment to the professional development of summer clerks is clear. Clerks are provided ample opportunity to engage in a wide variety of work, receive helpful attorney feedback and begin developing invaluable personal and professional relationships. Through the clerkship program, I met people both inside and outside of the firm that will have a lasting impact on my career and professional development. All of this takes place while giving clerks the opportunity to glimpse the exceptional working culture that Bowles Rice has cultivated."

Jordan Maddy
West Virginia University College of Law
2019 Summer Clerk

Anne Wilson "My second summer at Bowles Rice was just what I expected and more. You can tell that a great deal of thought and planning goes into making sure that each clerk has a well-rounded experience. This is shown through the wide range of assignments we get the opportunity to work on, along with the emphasis on making sure we all see what the practice of law is like outside of the office. Through this clerkship, I have gained invaluable experience and am even more excited for my future legal career! 

Anne Wilson
West Virginia University College of Law
2019 Summer Clerk

Jakeb Shuck“My time as a summer clerk at Bowles Rice has confirmed that a legal career is definitely the right choice for me.  The firm’s culture of exceptional professionalism and amiability is on constant display, with attorneys and staff who are accessible, friendly and extremely helpful.  With so many areas of practice, the work has been challenging, meaningful and variegated.  I look forward to returning to my studies with a much clearer picture of what my future holds.”

Jakeb Shuck
West Virginia University College of Law
2019 Summer Clerk

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The Bowles Rice Summer Clerk Program is designed to provide a realistic, informative and well-balanced experience that provides each of our participants with a full picture of our firm, our practice areas and the quality of life in the cities in which we live and work. The program also gives the firm an opportunity to get to know and evaluate each summer clerk as a potential associate upon his or her law school graduation.

We recognize that our clerks come to Bowles Rice with varying degrees of experience or knowledge of how a law firm operates, and with a wide range of professional expectations. Our kick-off orientation program gives our new and returning clerks a clear understanding of what to expect and introduces them to the lawyers, staff and other students with whom they will be working.

Each summer clerk is paired with a Bowles Rice lawyer as a mentor, to ensure that the clerk has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the summer program and receives a well-rounded experience. Their mentor is the summer clerk's principal contact for general firm matters and questions.

Our summer clerks are not assigned to a particular department. Instead, projects are assigned by a team of lawyers who strive to provide each clerk with work and practical experience in as many practice areas and with as many attorneys as possible. This includes not only research and drafting assignments, but also participation in meetings, closings, depositions and observation of trials. Clerks are provided with feedback on their projects, so that there is a complete learning experience during their stay.

Summer clerks from all Bowles Rice offices come together to participate in weekly meetings with the use of our video conferencing technology. As a group, they also visit two or three of the firm's offices during the summer. This provides additional opportunities for them to interact with lawyers, learn about the firm's practice areas and clients in our different offices and have some fun.

That's right – fun! We believe it is important for our clerks to get to know us, and each other, on a more personal level, and we plan a full complement of social activities (such as a whitewater rafting trip, firm-wide parties, baseball games, small dinners at attorneys' homes, organized and unorganized athletics, and other informal gatherings) to encourage such interaction.

In short, our goal is to create an experience for each of our summer clerks that is informative, enjoyable and provides a perspective on the practice of law at Bowles Rice that we believe compares favorably with any other firm, anywhere.

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