Law Students

At Gardere, healthy growth is part of our strategy. We see the importance of investing in our future, and we place value on our summer program for law students. It is our mission to consistently bring in classes of new, talented associates through our summer program and to grow our Firm from the most junior position up. Many of our partners and associates started at Gardere in our summer program and are still practicing here many years later. 

Currently, we have summer programs for first-year and second-year law students in our Dallas and Houston offices. These programs offer participants the opportunity to see what it is like to practice law at Gardere, as well as the opportunity to work alongside some of the best attorneys in the state of Texas. Our Firm attorneys are focused on teamwork and mentoring. Students are invited to attend trials, draft documents, participate in deal closings, observe depositions, attend witness and client interviews, work on various aspects of real estate transactions, conduct legal research, prepare or respond to motions and briefs, work on securities offerings, assist in the closing or a purchase or sale of a business, and much more.

Through the summer program, it is our goal at Gardere to identify future associates who show the ability to succeed as members of our team. The summer associates selected for our program possess superior records at both the undergraduate and law school levels, along with an accompanying history of significant contributions in professional, community, charitable or other worthwhile pursuits. Additional factors that will be considered are law review or journal membership, moot court or mock trial participation, and significant extracurricular activities. We also welcome students who have accepted judicial clerkships to participate in our summer program.

Quotes from First-year Attorneys:

  • “I had a wonderful experience as a summer associate at Gardere. I ultimately chose to join the Firm for two main reasons. First, the quality and wide range of projects I would be working on as a first-year associate were extremely appealing to me. I knew I would learn much more quickly in that type of environment. Second, the people at Gardere, from the attorneys to the staff, were all so welcoming and helpful, and that was exactly the type of work environment in which I wanted to practice law.”

  • “My decision to join the Gardere team is one that I am proud of every day because that is exactly what the Firm is: a team. The intelligent and experienced individuals with whom I work have taught me so much in my short time here, and I constantly look forward to what they will teach me next. As the Firm continues to grow and expand, it is clear that the demonstrated commitment to doing the most for every client does not mean sacrificing the type of work-life balance and camaraderie that led me to choose Gardere.” 

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