Summer Clerkship Program

Raquel Davis "A firm's reputation encompasses more than just legal knowledge, it extends to their office culture and their commitment to their employees and staff. Bowles Rice’s reputation precedes them, and they exceeded every positive thing I heard about them before clerking with them this summer. The attorneys and staff members were all patient, kind, and helpful. I was able to engage in a variety of tasks and do more than just document review and research. I especially enjoyed the opportunities to draft motions and discovery requests. The varied practice areas and multiple offices also contributed to my positive experiences. Above all, it is the people who make Bowles Rice a wonderful place to work."

Raquel Davis
West Virginia University College of Law
2022 Summer Clerk | Morgantown Office

Auggie Graff"I am grateful to Bowles Rice for making my first hands-on experience in a law firm so welcoming and valuable. The summer program provided me with ample opportunities to be actively involved in a variety of practice areas, which allowed me to broaden my interests in the law. I started this summer with an interest in Energy Law and I am leaving this summer with that interest affirmed, but also with new interests found in this program’s many practice areas. I am incredibly thankful for everything Bowles Rice has done for me this summer!"

Augustus "Auggie" Graff
West Virginia University College of Law
2022 Summer Clerk | Charleston Office

Karly King"I am indescribably grateful for my Summer Clerk experience in the Bowles Rice Morgantown office. The culture at Bowles Rice is one I felt welcomed into immediately because of everyone’s positive attitude and kind spirit. Throughout the summer, I was able to work across offices to gain hands-on experience in litigation, real estate, education, banking, and even pro bono work performed in conjunction with West Virginia Legal Aid. The wide range of legal services offered by Bowles allowed me to experience diverse areas of law and further steer me in a direction for post-law schoolwork. The open-door policy allowed me to feel comfortable asking questions and engaging with other attorneys, while simultaneously promoting the growth of mentorship and friendship, making the firm feel so welcoming. My summer experience at Bowles Rice renewed my confidence in my academic decisions and refilled my cup in a way that will ensure my final year of law school is the best one yet!" 

Karly King
West Virginia University College of Law
2022 Summer Clerk | Morgantown Office

Stephen Stasko"Bowles Rice provides a superior summer clerkship experience because it gives you a strong sense of the minutiae of the regular practice of law. I now know more about small details of West Virginia law than I ever thought possible, and I feel immersed in the community. I also commend Bowles Rice’s personal approach to career development. I always wanted to pursue a federal clerkship after law school, and Bowles Rice encouraged me greatly to do so. I feel that this firm honestly wants me to succeed, and that is a great quality in an employer." 

Stephen Stasko
The George Washington University Law School
2022 Summer Clerk | Southpointe Office

Kendra Amick“Coming back to Bowles Rice for a second summer clerkship was an effortless decision for me. The level of time, energy, and effort the people at Bowles Rice dedicate to their summer program distinguishes it from others and makes it second to none. During the summer, I had exposure to a broad array of practice areas, which helped me solidify my interest in litigation and work alongside the seasoned attorneys in that practice group. The attorneys entrust summer clerks with a high level of responsibility, which fosters enriching learning experiences and individualized mentorship.

Now, I am heading into my final year of law school with all of the tools to succeed post-graduation. I accredit that success to the attorneys and staff at Bowles Rice, who make you feel like a part of the team from day one. I am so thankful for all the firm has done to invest in me!”

Kendra Amick
West Virginia University College of Law
2022 Summer Clerk | Charleston Office

Cameron Dalton"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to return for my second summer clerkship with Bowles Rice. The culture here is extremely welcoming, everyone was exceptionally helpful and treated the summer clerks as valued members of the firm. Attorneys from every office were eager to engage with the summer clerks and provide insight on what it is like to work at Bowles Rice. The attorneys here ensured that I was included on several projects which pertained to my areas of interest, while still offering me the opportunity to work on a wide range of assignments throughout the summer and gain inestimable practical experience. Bowles Rice’s summer clerk program again surpassed my expectations and provided an excellent experience which will be invaluable as I continue my career." 

Cameron Dalton
University of Florida – Levin College of Law
2022 Summer Clerk | Martinsburg Office

Angelyn Gemmen“The genuine kindness and consideration of the attorneys and staff at Bowles Rice are what have set my summers here apart. My mentors here have taught me to keep abreast of new developments in the law, to handle research in areas extending from intellectual property to banking, and to approach all circumstances with logic and good humor. Thank you all so much for your guidance and warmth – I am truly grateful. ”

Angelyn Gemmen
West Virginia University College of Law
2022 Summer Clerk | Charleston Office

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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.