One of the things about Lewis Rice that stood out to me while interviewing was the passion each lawyer had for his or her area of practice. As a summer associate, I got to witness and experience that passion and dedication first hand. I worked on assignments in a wide variety of areas, including some substantive work in the Corporate Department, which is where I practice today. Now as a practicing attorney at Lewis Rice, I can look back and see how valuable it was to work with those dedicated attorneys early on in my career and how it helped shape the way I approach my own practice.

Melissa Powers
Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. 2018

What surprised me about my summer experience at Lewis Rice was how closely it represented the work I'm now doing as a young associate in the Litigation Department. As a practicing attorney, I can fully appreciate how valuable my one summer was at Lewis Rice. From day one of the program, I was doing real, substantive work. Lewis Rice attorneys were eager to involve me in their practice, and gave me the type of assignments they give to first-year associates. I never felt like I was working on a project that was made up just for the purpose of keeping me busy. I was contributing in a valuable way, while learning from a team of talented lawyers. I also felt like I had a high level of support from the attorneys with whom I worked. Lewis Rice has an "open door" culture where I always felt like I could simply go to the assigning attorney with questions. And because of the rotation structure of the program, I was able to get a real sense of what it would be like to work in each department, where I ultimately decided litigation was my best fit. I'm so thankful for my summer at Lewis Rice while in law school—I felt 100% confident in my decision to accept their full-time associate offer and was able to "hit the ground running" when I started.

Sarah Noonan
Washington University School of Law, 2018

During my tenure as a summer associate, it became evident that the Firm is deeply committed to nurturing and guiding emerging legal talent. The Summer Associate Program exudes enthusiasm, and I found a genuine interest from all attorneys in both my personal and professional development. From first-year associates to managing partners, everyone was not only willing but eager to engage in conversations about their practices, share personal anecdotes, or simply enjoy a casual lunch together.

I was particularly impressed by the well-organized program that seamlessly assigned and evaluated work while providing exposure to various departments within the Firm. Over the course of the 10 weeks, numerous thoughtfully arranged social events allowed ample opportunities to connect with the Firm's attorneys on a more personal level.

Now, as a young associate with the Firm, I am fortunate to build upon the strong relationships that originated during my time as a summer associate. The firm's unwavering commitment to fostering the growth of young lawyers played a pivotal role in making it an obvious and easy choice for me.

Michael Crawford
Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. 2020