Careers - Summer Program
“The firm attracts intelligent, determined and creative lawyers.” – Chambers
Our firm typically invites 1-4 law students to participate in its annual summer program in Atlanta. The majority of the firm’s summer associate class comprises students who have completed their 2L year. But the firm also considers applications from exceptional law students who have completed just their 1L year. In addition, the firm is a proud member of the Leadership Council of Legal Diversity (LCLD) and invites talented 1Ls to apply to the firm’s summer associate program through that program.
We strive for our summer associates to get to know the firm and experience what it is actually like working here. We do not invent assignments or dial them down. Our summer associates complete the same kind of substantive work as our full-time associates do. For the matters in which they’re involved, we bring our summer associates up to speed on the case as a whole and are interested in their fresh perspectives. The projects our summer associates complete are substantive and typically result in written work, a strategy conversation, and/or a litigation event like a deposition or oral argument. Projects could include drafting a complaint, drafting a complete brief or a section of a larger brief, analyzing a key issue and advising the client in a team strategy session, or helping prepare for a deposition. We also invite our summer associates to see our lawyers’ work firsthand by observing trials, hearings, oral arguments, depositions, or client meetings. Whenever possible, we pair those experiences with substantive involvement leading up to them.
The summer program is designed to expose students not only to our practice but also to the city of Atlanta. To that end, we invite summer associates to participate in a variety of firm-sponsored recreational activities, including meals at the city’s best restaurants, concerts, sporting events, cultural events, and other activities. These events are also a great way to get to know the firm’s lawyers. Given our size, we strive for our summer associates to spend time with every lawyer at the firm during the summer.
Most of our summer associates choose to split their summer between us and one other firm, typically a larger one. We encourage that arrangement and believe it’s beneficial for law students—many of whom have never worked in a law firm—to observe the similarities and differences across firms. Traditionally, our summer program has gravitated towards the second half of the summer, but we are open to working with you and your other firm on scheduling.
Compensation is competitive with the top firms in Atlanta.
We participate in On-Campus Interviews for rising 2L law students at the following schools:
- University of Georgia
- Emory University
- Georgia State University
While our relatively small size prevents us from being able to visit every campus that we would wish to, we welcome direct applications.
We are currently accepting applications from current 1L law students to join us as our in our 2024 Summer Program. The deadline to apply is January 22, 2024.
Applications should be addressed to our Recruiting Coordinator, Elizabeth Ann Miller. Required application materials include:
- Cover letter highlighting your qualifications and letting us know why you are interested in BME
- Current resume
- Law school transcript
- OPTIONAL: We will also accept a relevant legal writing sample and, for our 1L applicants, a diversity statement.
Please all documents as individual PDFs.
NOTE: While we hire most of our associates through our summer program, from time to time, we have the ability to hire a candidate coming off of a clerkship who did not participate in our summer program. Those candidates should email the same materials to Ms. Miller as soon as you are able, and please indicate in the cover letter when you would be seeking to start.