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Below is a sampling of what some of our past summer associates have to say about Jones Walker's summer program. Our recruiting brochure, linked below, contains more questions and answers, as well as quotes from recent summer associates.

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David Theard

Law School: Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
2007 Summer Associate, New Orleans

Why did you choose Jones Walker?

The firm has a very good reputation among law students. Clerking at Jones Walker is one of those jobs everyone hopes to have the opportunity to accept. When I spoke with attorneys around town at other firms—big and small—they all thought it would be a great place to work. 

What distinguishes Jones Walker from other firms?

I enjoyed going to dinner at peoples’ homes, and seeing how associates and partners live. Over the course of my clerkship, I attended three such dinners and had a great time, since the setting was much more relaxed than going out to a restaurant. This is different from other firms I’ve clerked at, where you don’t have the opportunity to spend that kind of time with people. 

What was it like working as a summer associate at Jones Walker? 

The firm is sectioned into different practice groups and areas, which you may or may not like depending on the type of firm you want to work for. Each practice section is like a smaller firm within a firm, and I really liked it. You get to know people in your area pretty well, and you always have someone to fall back on. There is always someone who will help you, or someone who will answer your questions. We all did many projects and had several things on our plates. It’s never too much, and you’re not expected to go overboard with your work, but you do get a taste of what it’s like to be an attorney at Jones Walker.

What has been your favorite experience?

Work-wise, I liked being in contact with everyone in my practice area. People seem to get along and work well together, which made my experience enjoyable. As for the social aspect of my clerkship, the Audubon Zoo party was awesome! It was held in the swamp exhibit area, and there were around two hundred people there. There was a band, we had drinks, and the entire affair was first-class and very fun. I also enjoyed the at-home dinners. You would go to a partner’s house, and they might have one or two other partners in the same section over for dinner, too. People brought their spouses, and I was welcome to bring my fiancée. We all talked with each other and you had the chance to meet a family and get to know them in a personal setting.

Avione Brown

Law School: Tulane University Law School
2007 Summer Associate, New Orleans

What distinguishes Jones Walker from other firms?

Resources. Everything is available to you here, and right at your fingertips.

What did you hear about Jones Walker that turned out to be true?

I heard that Jones Walker works hard and plays hard, and that is so true. There is never a moment without work to be done, and there are never too few or too little activity options for you. The best part about all of the activity was that I never felt like I had to go to any of them, so I could pick and choose what I wanted to do on any given day. Nothing was ever too formal.

If you had to describe Jones Walker in one word, what would it be?

“Alive.” All of the people that you meet here have such vibrant personalities, the clerkship program is set up so that you’re constantly moving, and the stream of work is constant. All of this together gives the firm an energy, which is exactly what you want when you’re working and growing.