Summer Clerkship Program

Summer Clerkship

Ally Shulz "I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be a Summer Clerk at Bowles Rice. This experience taught me more than I could ever imagine and it made me excited for my future career as an attorney."

Shannon Combs
West Virginia University College of Law
2017 Summer Clerk

Emily Farah "Law school teaches what the law is, but working with attorneys from multiple practice groups expanded my understanding of what a law firm does, and of how different areas interact in more complex matters. Working alongside attorneys who are as personable as they are professional was inspiring and encouraging to a future lawyer."

Christine Pill
West Virginia University College of Law
2017 Summer Clerk

Ally Shulz "The summer program provides clerks with an opportunity to grow professionally and personally. The experience offers the chance to work in a variety of practice areas, as well as witness the importance of the level of dedication Bowles Rice attorneys have for their clients."

Brooke Poling
University of Dayton School of Law
2017 Summer Clerk

Emily Farah"During my summer at Bowles Rice, I was continually surprised by the kindness and willingness of each and every member of the firm to provide guidance and help me learn. Everyone takes the time to get to know you on a personal level and this collaborative and community-based atmosphere is reflected in the high quality of the work that is produced."

Jaden Rhea
West Virginia University College of Law
2017 Summer Clerk

Ally Shulz "The summer clerkship program at Bowles Rice is a great experience for developing young lawyers. Bowles Rice allowed me the opportunity to participate in projects and assignments that I found interesting, and challenged me to become involved in many other areas of the law."

Calvin Thomas
University of Dayton School of Law
2017 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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