While the firm has a long history of seeking the best and brightest students, today’s recruiting program traces its roots to 1960 when former American Bar Association President William G. Paul took the initiative to develop the recruiting program. Paul realized that in order to continue Crowe & Dunlevy’s culture of excellence, a concerted effort had to be made to actively recruit, attract and retain the best law students across the country.
Today, more than 20 attorneys devoted to finding the next generation of great Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys serve on the recruiting committee. Led by attorneys Scott Butcher and Susan E. Huntsman, the goal of the committee is to ensure that students who are selected demonstrate the same core values and characteristics Paul was searching for when he started the program. For any questions regarding the firm’s Summer Associate program, contact Associate Development & Recruiting Coordinator, Benita Bake.
Working with Attorneys
The recruiting committee matches summer associates with Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys by taking into account individual personalities, practice area interests and breadth of experience.
The firm recognizes that many summer associates may not be certain as to what they want to do with their career, and we encourage them to accept projects from several different attorneys and practice areas. By the end of the summer, we hope that our summer associate class has worked with as many of our attorneys as possible and can narrow down, or has a better sense of, his or her desired career path.
Lunch & Learn
Our Lunch & Learn Series is an opportunity for the summer associates to learn about certain areas of our practice, and to introduce them to our senior shareholders and/or other members of the business community.
Experiences vary each summer, but the common theme includes professionals from inside and outside the firm who share life and legal experiences, enriching the summer associate experience.
Evaluating our summer associates’ work is a critical component to our program. Each project is evaluated by supervising attorneys. During a mid-summer evaluation, the recruiting chair for Oklahoma City or Tulsa discuss feedback on their legal projects. At this meeting, the summer associate is encouraged to let us know if there are any practice areas they would like to experience, or any out-of-office events they would like to attend. In addition, summer associates are encouraged to separately meet with the respective attorneys who provide them projects to work on for one-on-one feedback.
On Campus Interviews
Throughout the year, the recruiting committee collects resumes from law students students across the country. When we are not busy looking through those resumes, we are conducting in-house and on-campus interviews. In years past, we have visited with students at the following schools and job fairs:
- Baylor Law School
- Harvard Law School
- National Native American Law Students Association Job Fair
- Oklahoma City University School of Law
- Rocky Mountain Black Law Student Association Recruitment Fair
- South Methodist School of Law
- St. Mary’s University School of Law
- Sunbelt Minority Job Fair
- Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
- Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
- University of Houston Law Center
- University of Oklahoma College of Law
- University of Texas School of Law
- University of Tulsa College of Law
A first year law student may apply for a summer associate position by submitting his or her resume, transcript and a writing sample to the recruiting chair(s) or recruiting coordinator any time after December 1 of his or her first semester of law school.
The firm allows summer associates to split their summer with other firms, however at the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices, we request a minimum six week commitment to our summer program.
Our summer program is very flexible, and we encourage summer associates to try out as many practice areas as possible so they can find one that suits them.
It is conceivable that a summer associate could participate in one office’s summer associate program and subsequently join a different office for full-time employment. However, it is recommended that the summer associate work in the office he or she desires to join to increase his or her chances of full-time employment.
The firm maintains an executive casual dress code as defined in the firm’s handbook. However, attorneys and summer associates must also dress in accordance with their schedule. For example, if an attorney or summer associate will be appearing in court, professional dress is required.
This situation is determined on a case by case basis. Historically, when it is feasible, the firm has allowed such deferrals. The firm has many attorneys who have clerked for judges across the United States.
Although Crowe & Dunlevy is one of the largest law firms in the state of Oklahoma, its culture is based on a friendly and collegial atmosphere. Associates are encouraged and mentored by directors and senior associates who have the experiences to help guide them through the early stages of a career. Along the way, lifelong friendships are formed.
During the summer recruiting season, the attorneys involved in guiding and mentoring summer associates want to do more than assign projects; they take an active interest in their professional and personal interests and pursuits.
First & Second Year Internships
First-Year (1L) summer associate assignments include:
- Legal Research
- Memorandum Writing
- Attend Hearings and Trials
- Attend Depositions
- Assist/attend Transaction Closings
- Draft Agreements
Second-Year (2L) summer associate assignments include:
- Brief Writing
- Draft Discovery Requests
- Assist with Legal Strategies
- Legal Research
- Memorandum Writing
- Attend Hearings and Trials
When interviewing potential associates, the firm is looking to hire law students with outstanding academic achievements, as well as candidates with prior work experience, superior interpersonal skills and candidates that have demonstrated leadership abilities. The recruiting committee is looking for students who can join our team with bright and eager minds, a strong work ethic and a passion to practice the law.
The firm is also very focused on promoting diversity. The summer associate class should be a representative of our broad spectrum of clients. We want to show our clients that we are committed to having that same diversity in our workforce as within their own organizations.