Students are making important life decisions during the summer, therefore, GableGotwals' clerkships are six weeks in length giving students time to compare several law firms or other potential employers each summer. Clerkships of this length are offered in our Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices.
Summer associates are paid a competitive salary. Resumes for our clerkship program are accepted at any time. We conduct on campus interviews at each law school in Oklahoma in the fall for 2Ls and in the spring for 1Ls. We also participate in various job fairs and solicit resumes from law schools across the country. To be considered for a summer clerkship, please send a resume, transcript and a writing sample along with a cover letter to the firm’s recruiting coordinator, Shelley Bradley.
- Working with opportunitiesAs with most firms, the primary means of evaluating prospective lawyers is through a summer clerkship program. Our summer program includes first and second year law students in an experience designed to provide an opportunity to get to know the candidate and the candidate an opportunity to get to know us. The clerkship program emphasizes integrating law students into the practice of law as experienced by our associates.
- Realistic work assignmentsThe expectation for summer clerks is to produce a quality work product for our clients. As a summer clerk, the opportunity is presented to design a work program that accommodates your individual interests as much as possible in light of our clients’ needs at the time. If, like most law students, one prefers to experience the broad spectrum of our practice, projects will be given to allow experiences in a number of different practice areas. On the other hand, if a committment has already been made to a particular practice area, then assignments will be structured to allow in-depth exposure to the issues and attorneys within that practice area.
- Getting to know our firm and its people
We closely monitor the summer clerk workloads to ensure that each clerk receives substantive assignments at a manageable rate. Our attorneys are committed to each summer clerk in the program. Days are busy with attending any available trial, hearing, deposition, closing, client meeting and the like. Because our associates assume these responsibilities at a very early stage in their careers, it is essential that one experiences some of the practical realities involved in the practice of law.
An opportunity will be provided to meet with the firm’s marketing manager to start on a professional development plan. The summer will pass quickly and by the conclusion of the clerkship, a work file should include examples that demonstrate ones ability to analyze real problems and propose solutions to them.
- All work and no play makes a boring summer
The other, equally important aspect of the summer program is getting to know each other on a personal basis. Obviously, this involves spending significant amounts of time with the members of the GableGotwals' family both inside and outside the office. We have a full slate of both large and small group social events planned to provide an opportunity to discover the interests and talents of the members of the firm. We also have a weekly firm lunch for attorneys and summer clerks. By the end of the summer we hope you will like us, but we are sure you will know us.