We invited SLU LAW students with summer internships to share their experiences with us throughout the summer as part of a blog series called "Show Us Your Summer." This week, we hear from rising 2L Lauren Rouse and rising 3L Jenna Hueneger.
Lauren Rouse – Rising 2L
I recently finished my 1L year at SLU LAW and I am currently a summer associate at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh located in downtown St. Louis. Prior to SLU LAW, I received my undergraduate degree from Mizzou in business administration.
With only one year under my belt, I am still not sure whether I want to ultimately pursue litigation or transactional work. Lewis Rice provides a fantastic opportunity to experience both the litigation and corporate departments for an extended period of time throughout the summer. There are nine summer associates, with about half of us in each department. The rotation aspect of the program has given me the opportunity to receive a variety of work assignments that involve many different areas of the law.
I am now five weeks into my internship and I absolutely love it! The work is both challenging and meticulous. My assignments have covered a variety of topics, including bankruptcy, copyrights, the Uniform Commercial Code, labor and employment, evidentiary law issues and negligence. I have attended a deposition, written memos and drafted bench briefs. Seeing my work have an impact on the clients of Lewis Rice has been a rewarding, as well as a humbling, experience.
Over the past five weeks, I have had the opportunity to get to know the associates and partners in and out of the office. There is a strong camaraderie within the walls of Lewis Rice. They appreciate the work that I do for them which makes me work even harder in order to succeed.
I am surrounded by bright, intelligent attorneys that care deeply about what they do. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to learn from them every day. I have truly enjoyed my experience at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh so far and I look forward to continuing to build and expand my knowledge of the law.
Jenna Hueneger – Rising 3L
A little bit about me: My name is Jenna Hueneger, and I just finished my 2L year at SLU LAW. I grew up in Bethalto, Ill., and I have always considered St. Louis “home." I went to undergrad at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. When it came time to apply to law school, I knew I wanted to end up at SLU LAW.
I am currently a summer associate at Stinson Leonard Street. As I write this blog post, I am already over halfway done with my internship. I cannot believe I have been at Stinson for five weeks. I have really enjoyed my experience here — I am learning so much and really feel as though I am becoming a better lawyer.
I initially interviewed with Stinson during OCIs at SLU LAW. I really liked the attorneys who interviewed me, and I almost had to pinch myself when I got a second interview at Stinson's office in Clayton. After visiting Stinson's office and interviewing with other Stinson attorneys, I knew I wanted to work here. The attorneys I met initially, and now the ones I have come to know during my internship, are genuinely good people. I like coming to work every day not only because I am interested in the work I am doing, but also because I feel like a part of the team.
While Stinson has over 500 lawyers nationwide, only about 50 lawyers work in Stinson's St. Louis office. I really feel as though I got the best of both worlds. I get to work with a big firm that has great clients and a great name nationwide, but I'm in an office where I can know most of the other attorneys and individuals who work here by name. I like the smaller office atmosphere, and it was important for me to find that here in St. Louis. The firm has 17 summer associates, but I am the only summer associate in the St. Louis office. I meet with the other summer associates weekly via video-conference, and I still feel very connected.
Let me tell you, I have not regretted my decision to intern with Stinson one bit. I have already received many opportunities to work on substitutive projects, and though I have had a lot of "teaching moments," I know I am learning from the best. My office is on the "transactional" floor, but I do both litigation and transactional work. I have done my fair share of research, but I have been able to do a lot of drafting as well. Honestly, I have worked on projects and done certain work that I never thought I would get to do as a summer associate. In fact, because I am experiencing what it really feels like to be both a litigator and a transactional lawyer, I am able to make a more-informed decision regarding the kind of law I want to practice.
I am so thankful for the education I've received and the friendships I've made while at SLU LAW. I have always heard that you really don't know what you don't know until you start practicing law. Though I have found that to be true, SLU LAW has really prepared me to be an effective summer associate. But even if I'm having a particularly hard day or I just feel overwhelmed, my friends from SLU LAW have been there to encourage me. I will be sad when my internship with Stinson ends, but I am looking forward to starting my 3L year and graduating from SLU LAW.
Show Us Your Summer