Summer Associate Program

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Lewis Wagner provides a Summer Associate Program for rising law students that have finished their second year of law school. Our program offers a unique opportunity for law students to gain first-hand experience in the various areas of civil litigation and business transactional work. Our goal is to provide you with a realistic view of what it is like to practice at Lewis Wagner. We believe in cultivating law students so that they will desire a long-term home at Lewis Wagner. We pride ourselves on creating a hard-working yet social work culture. Here are some ways that Lewis Wagner fulfills this promise.

As a summer associate, you can expect to:

Associates who ultimately join the Lewis Wagner team after the summer clerkship will be invited to attend firm social events to continue to foster relationships ahead of full-time employment.

Interested in Learning More?

Lewis Wagner will be participating in the following events:

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

Indiana University Maurer School of Law On-Campus Interviews

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law On-Campus Interviews

Or, send your resume, cover letter, and copy of your law school transcript to attorney Meghan Ruesch, Hiring and Recruitment Chair, via Krystal Street at or by mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interview & Application

If you are unable to attend or participate in the on-campus interviews or job fairs, please send a copy of your resume, cover letter, and copy of your law school transcript to the Meghan Ruesch, Hiring and Recruitment Chair, via Krystal Street at or by mail.

Lewis Wagner anticipates they will hire two summer associates for the 2023 summer program.

Because of our commitment to the community, 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 Meghan Ruesch, Hiring and Recruitment Chair, via Krystal Street at or by mail.

On-campus interviews are typically 20 minutes in 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 other partners and associates.

Our Program

No. Lewis Wagner’s summer associate program is for rising third-year law students only.

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 receive projects in various civil 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. Our goal is for our summer associates to be exposed to as many areas of law as possible to find the best fit for you.

Attorneys assign projects to summer associates directly, and likewise the Lewis Wagner Summer Associate Chairs are involved to manage assignments. Summer Associates are encouraged to specify practice desired practice areas so that requests can be honored. 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 Westlaw and a personal computer.

The Summer Associate Program begins with an orientation to familiarize each summer associate with the firm, resources, procedures, and the expectations for summer associates. Assigning attorneys will provide guidance on individual projects. Occasional seminars will be held throughout the Summer Associate Program to educate summer associates on a variety of topics. Summer associates also have the opportunity to attend formal

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 through early October.

Our Culture

The summer program begins with a Meet & Greet where new summer associates can mingle with members of the firm at a local restaurant/bar. Likewise, the firm often hosts weekly gatherings outside of the office to promote fellowship. The summer program ends with a party to show the firm’s appreciation of the summer associates.

Lewis Wagner has adopted a relaxed dress code. Many lawyers routinely dress casual and jeans are permitted. We strongly recommend having a suit on hand in the event you are invited to attend a court hearing, deposition, or mediation.

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.
Lewis Wagner is responsive to diversity issues both within the firm and in the local and national legal communities we serve. We believe diverse ideas, backgrounds and experiences promote an inclusive culture and strengthens our ability to provide effective, useful counsel to our clients.