Summer Clerkship Program

Summer Clerkship video


Hannah French "I am incredibly grateful that Bowles Rice was able to create and implement a fantastic summer clerkship program in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. I received a wide range of practical assignments and built lasting professional relationships. This firm devotes time to their summer clerks, and they are eager to share projects and showcase what it is like to be an associate at the firm. I highly recommend Bowles Rice to any law student who wants to grow their legal skills and have a wonderful learning experience."

Hannah French
Duquesne University School of Law
2020 Summer Clerk

Jakeb Shuck"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be back at Bowles Rice for a second summer clerkship. My supervisors worked hard to make sure I succeeded, and everyone was accessible, from the junior associate to the senior partner. I felt at perfect liberty to pursue what I was interested in, and I knew that every step of the way I would receive encouragement and support. The culture at Bowles Rice is special – you can’t help but want to be kind and go the extra mile in all that you do when you’re here."

Jake Shuck
West Virginia University College of Law
2020 Summer Clerk

Nick Strogen"As a first-year law student, I think it is important to be able to experience a wide variety of work in a summer clerkship, and that is exactly what I got during my summer at Bowles Rice. Practical work in a broad range of disciplines gave me a better understanding of what type of law I would like to practice down the road. All of the supervising attorneys were very helpful and lent me enough guidance to set me on the right track, while also giving me the freedom to bring my own ideas to the table." 

Nick Strogen
Michigan State University College of Law
2020 Summer Clerk


Tyler Barton"Although my second summer with Bowles Rice was certainly atypical due to COVID-19, I could not have asked for a more rewarding and worthwhile experience. As law firms across the country face uncertainty due to the pandemic, Bowles Rice carefully crafted a program to provide summer clerks with valuable opportunities to collaborate and network with attorneys across the firm. These opportunities, as well as my experience from my first summer clerkship with the firm, have given me an excellent foundation as I wrap up my law school career and transition into the legal profession."  

Tyler Barton
West Virginia University College of Law
2020 Summer Clerk

Ashley Stephens“My time as a summer clerk at Bowles Rice certainly surpassed my expectations! The firm not only values hard work and legal acumen, of course, but collegiality, creativity, diversity and individuality as well. During my clerkship, I had the opportunity to attend Zoom hearings and practice group meetings, attend a socially distanced site inspection and sit in on a virtual conference with a United States Senator. In addition, I received a variety of substantive and challenging work assignments, including pro bono work. Bowles Rice treats its summer clerks as valued members of the firm, and I felt that everyone – from partners to staff members – was invested in my success. I am returning to my legal studies with a reinvigorated passion for serving my community, and I have my time at Bowles Rice to thank for that!”

Ashley Stephens
West Virginia University College of Law
2020 Summer Clerk

Jack Crockett"The fact that I am able to write about my positive summer experience under the backdrop of COVID-19 should tell you everything you need to know about the summer clerk program at Bowles Rice. The firm put in extra hours to make this summer program possible, and because of that I got the valuable, hands-on experience that I was hoping for. From the get-go, everyone here was equal parts welcoming and mentoring. The firm fulfilled its promise of allowing me to work in different practice areas so that I could figure out what I enjoyed most. I’m glad I spent the 2020 summer at Bowles Rice." 

Jack Crockett
West Virginia University College of Law
2020 Summer Clerk

Ian Shoulders“While it was an untraditional summer because of the ongoing pandemic, the seamless marriage of high expectations and a welcoming culture was on full display during my Bowles Rice summer clerkship. I was able to work on a full range of projects that gave me both a real-world application for what I had learned in the classroom and a preview of how future courses might look in practice. The constantly varied and practical experience gained from my clerkship was irreplaceable, and the feedback I received was an inimitable feature I couldn't possibly expect to have had anywhere else.”

Ian Shoulders
West Virginia University College of Law
2020 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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