Summer Associate Program
The attorneys at Lewis Wagner are committed to exposing our summer associates to hearings, trials, depositions, and mediations to educate and expose our summer associates to the various aspects and stages of civil litigation. Through this experience, our summer associates will encounter and observe the varying styles and techniques of our attorneys.
Lewis Wagner’s Summer Associate Program seeks candidates from a variety of law schools with strong research and writing skills, public speaking abilities, and exemplary professionalism. Lewis Wagner prides itself on having a hard-working yet social work culture. In hiring summer associates, Lewis Wagner has an eye towards individuals who ultimately make a good fit with our work culture. Several firm activities are planned throughout the summer to ensure that our summer associates are well acquainted on a personal level with each and every one of our outstanding lawyers.
Although every attorney at the Firm is committed to providing instruction and mentoring to the summer associates, select attorneys will act as a liaison for the Summer Associates and the firm as a whole. Summer associates will receive feedback regarding their individual projects, and they will also receive a comprehensive evaluation of their overall performance at the end of the summer.
Lewis Wagner participates in on-campus interviews at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Lewis Wagner also participates in the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Diversity Job Fair and the Robert H. McKinney Student Bar Association’s Job Fair. If an interested candidate is unable to participate in either the on-campus interviews or job fairs, they should send their resumes, cover letter, and copy of their law school transcript to attorney Rob Foos, Hiring and Recruitment Chair, via legal assistant, Holly Savage at email@example.com or by mail.
- Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair: August 14-15, 2017
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law: August 7, 2017
- Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law: August 9, 2017
If you are unable to attend or participate in either the above mentioned on-campus interviews or job fairs, please send a copy of your resume, cover letter, and copy of your law school transcript to the Rob Foos, Hiring and Recruitment Chair, via legal assistant, Holly Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail.
Lewis Wagner anticipates they will hire two summer associates for the 2017 summer program.
We conduct on-campus interviews at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. We also participate in the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair.
Yes. We encourage law students from all law schools to submit resumes. Send a copy of your cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Rob Foos, Hiring and Recruitment Chair, via legal assistant, Holly Savage at email@example.com or by mail.
On-campus interviews are typically 20 minutes at length which allows us to meet as many candidates as possible. Select students are invited for call-back or second round interviews to meet the rest of the Hiring/Recruiting Committee as well as a number of other partners and associates. The second round interviews begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with lunch with various members of the Firm.
The Summer Program begins in the middle of May, upon the conclusion of the second semester of law school, and concludes in the middle of August.
Summer associates are paid a salary of $1,425 per week.
Summer associates receive projects in various practice areas. Projects may involve legal research and analysis, drafting discovery or working with a client to respond to written discovery, obtaining statements from witnesses, investigation, and brief writing. Summer associates may also be asked to provide assistance in preparing for depositions, court hearings, and trial. Summer associates are encouraged to attend as many trials, court hearings, depositions, and mediations as possible during the summer program.
Attorneys assign projects to summer associates directly. The summer associate liaisons ensure that each summer associate is exposed to the areas of practice he or she is interested in. Summer associates are also assigned to a variety of projects, so that each summer associate has the opportunity to work with as many firm members and practice areas as possible during the summer program.
Summer associates have access to all Firm resources including the Westlaw and a personal computer.
The individual attorney assigning a project will provide feedback to the summer associate on their performance for a specific project. The summer associate will also receive an informal evaluation halfway through the summer, and a more comprehensive evaluation at the end of the summer. The firm’s attorneys complete written evaluation forms for each summer associate at the conclusion of the summer program with recommendations as to whether the candidate should be considered for an attorney position with the Firm. A compilation of the written evaluations is shared with the summer associate at the conclusion of the summer program and decisions concerning the extension of offers are made.
The summer program begins with an orientation to familiarize each summer associate with the firm, its resources and procedures, and the expectations for summer associates. Assigning attorneys will provide guidance on individual projects. Occasional seminars will be held throughout the summer program to educate summer associates on a variety of topics. Summer associates also have the opportunity to attend formal educational programs, activities, and lunches sponsored by various legal organizations.
The summer program begins with a Meet & Greet where new summer associates can mingle with members of the Firm at a local restaurant/bar. The summer program ends with a party at the home of our senior partner, Robert Wagner, to show the Firm’s appreciation of the summer associates. The summer associates are also invited to attend Lewis Wagner's annual bus trip where members of the Firm take a day trip to a destination outside of Indianapolis.
Lewis Wagner has adopted a business casual policy. Many lawyers routinely dress casual and jeans are permitted. While summer associates are not required to wear a suit, we strongly recommend having one on hand in the event you are invited to attend a court hearing, deposition, or mediation.
Summer associates who have demonstrated excellent work ethic, professionalism, and integrity and have produced quality work throughout the summer program will be considered for an associate position with Lewis Wagner. The Firm’s hiring decisions are communicated in late September early October.
No. Lewis Wagner's summer associate program is for rising third-year law students only.
Does your law firm have a written anti-discrimination policy?
Yes. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis prohibited by law, including race creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. Lewis Wagner takes pride in its diverse firm culture.