Summer Program

Spend a Summer with Us

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Summer Program is designed to provide an experience that is indicative of real associate life at the firm. Great effort goes into planning events that enable our summer associates to get to know us and vice versa. The work we give to summer associates is challenging and showcases the quality and diversity of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s practices. By providing you with a realistic view of the firm through challenging work, practical training and the opportunity to work and socialize with many of our lawyers, we try to give you the insight you need to make an informed decision to join us.

The firm’s Summer Program is hosted in its Denver, Los Angeles, and Phoenix offices. While our Summer Program is administered as a single firm and certain aspects of the program exist in all offices, each office creates its own experience for their summer associates by immersing them in the special culture and local flavor that living and practicing law in that community have to offer.

Hiring Criteria

We recruit students from around the country to join us for the summer. We look for diversity, creativity, leadership, character, and good judgment. Excellent writing skills are essential and are further honed throughout the summer.

Advisors and Mentors

Mentoring is ingrained in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s culture and our mentoring system is designed to ensure that your summer is successful. When summer associates arrive at the firm, they are assigned both a Mentor and a Reader, who may be a partner or senior associate. The Mentor’s role is to assist the summer associate’s integration into the firm, including introduction to lawyers through lunches and social activities, as well as to answer any questions or concerns that arise over the summer. The Reader’s role is to review the summer associate’s completed written projects and provide constructive feedback to help improve writing skills.

Work Assignments

Summer associates can express a preference to receive assignments from particular practice areas. Although we make every effort to accommodate their interests, we encourage summer associates to work on substantive projects from a variety of practice areas during the summer. Our goal is to offer intellectually stimulating projects that give summer associates an opportunity to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills, while working alongside partners and associates who are deeply invested in their success at the firm. The type of work we provide to summer associates is similar in complexity to assignments given to new associates and can range from a simple litigation research memorandum to assisting a partner at a complex real estate closing. We believe that this experience will better acquaint you with the range of our practices. It also enables you, by the conclusion of the summer with us, to have a strong basis on which to expand your practice area interests for your future career.  


To help summer associates learn about Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s resources, procedures, and about how to work effectively and efficiently in a law firm environment, they are given a comprehensive introduction to the firm, its organizational and departmental structure, and its professional administrative management team – all of whom are here to ensure they have a rewarding summer experience.

Training (Internal and External)

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie is committed to the professional and educational development of our summer associates. After a thorough orientation, our summer associates attend our Summer Training Academy, which focuses on advanced writing and editing to ensure high quality letters, briefs, and memoranda. Other examples of programming include everything from how to work with your secretary and an introduction to judicial clerkships to discussions about firm governance. Throughout the summer, we encourage our summer associates to further refine their skills by participating in various workshops, lunchtime programs, and practice group presentations. Additionally, we invite summer associates to learn through observation and participation by joining our lawyers at client meetings, closings, negotiating sessions, and court appearances – anywhere that will provide insight into our practices and what it is like to be a lawyer at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie.

Social Events

Over the course of the summer, our Summer Class develops professional relationships and personal friendships that continue throughout their careers.

We include several social events in the Summer Program. The goal of these events is to allow you to get to know the firm’s lawyers outside the office and help with integration into the firm. We plan a variety of activities so there will be something that appeals to everyone. In addition, we encourage summer associates and lawyers to get together informally throughout the summer. Summer associates are welcome to attend as many activities as possible, but we realize you have other commitments outside work and do not expect you to attend everything.  

Travel Reimbursement

We reimburse summer associates’ reasonable travel-related expenses (from law school to our offices) at the beginning and end of the summer.

Reviews and Evaluations 

We want our summer associates to not only succeed during the summer, but to be a part of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s future. With that goal in mind, the lawyers with whom summer associates work give candid and constructive feedback informally throughout the summer. In addition, summer associates receive more formal midpoint and exit reviews. The midpoint review helps summer associates gauge their progress at the firm and identify any areas that need attention before the end of the program. The exit review is an evaluation of the summer associate’s performance during the entire program, and it establishes a benchmark for offer decisions. The midpoint and exit reviews also give summer associates opportunities to provide the Recruiting Committee with feedback on their summer experiences at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie.

Offer Decisions

Our Summer Program is our primary recruitment source for new associates and we hire summer associates with the expectation that they will receive associate offers at the end of the summer. Eligible first-year law students who spend their summer with us receive offers to return for part of their second summer.  

We make every effort to notify summer associates of our decisions as quickly as possible. Offer decisions are generally made within two to three weeks after the conclusion of the Summer Program in all offices. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie values the judicial clerkship experience and associate offers with the firm remain open until the end of a one-year clerkship following graduation.  

Summer FAQs

Q.  Which Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offices host summer programs?
A.  In 2017, the Denver, Los Angeles, and Phoenix offices are hosting summer programs.

Q.  What are the summer program’s start and end dates?
A.  Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s summer program is 9 1/2 weeks long.  In 2017, our Summer Program starts on Tuesday, May 30, and it is scheduled to end on Friday, August 4.  

Q.  Are summer associates required to spend a minimum number of weeks at the firm?
A.  Our experience indicates that you should spend at least seven weeks with us to best take advantage of our summer program and to participate fully in firm activities.  

Q.  How are work assignments arranged?
A.  Summer associates are assigned a Work Assignment Coordinator, who ensures that work is distributed fairly and that you receive the proper amount of work, a range of assignments based on your practice preference, with availability, and the needs of the firm.

Q.  How much control will I have over the types of assignments I receive?
A.  We encourage you to keep in touch with your Work Assignment Coordinator throughout the summer.  As you become aware of specific matters that sound intriguing to you, your Work Assignment Coordinator will try to find assignments to match your requests depending, of course, on availability.

Q.  How much partner contact will I have?
A.  All summer associates work with partners and frequent interaction is encouraged.  We plan many social opportunities for you to meet partners, and we host several small dinner parties for partners, summer associates, and their guests.

Q.  How much are summer associates paid?
A.  We offer a competitive summer associate salary, our summer associate salary in Denver and Phoenix is $2400/week and in Los Angeles $2885/week.

Q.  What if I have other outside commitments and cannot attend all of the summer social events?
A.  Our social events are planned to give opportunities for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. We encourage you to attend. However, we understand that summer associates lead busy lives and assure you that attendance is always voluntary, not required.

Q.  Will my spouse/significant other be invited to attend social events?
A.  Although not all events will be open to guests, we make every effort to involve spouses/significant others in the majority of our social events and we would like them to become acquainted with our lawyers and the firm.

Q.  What happens if I receive a judicial clerkship at the end of summer program?  
A.  Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie values the judicial clerkship experience and employment offers with the firm remain open until the end of a one-year clerkship following graduation from law school.

How To Apply

We know you want to make an informed decision about where to start your legal career.  Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s summer program is designed to give you enough information about our practice and people to help you make that decision.  Please apply online and include your cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample. Be sure to indicate the office location for which you are applying.

Click here to apply for our summer program

All application materials should be submitted using the link provided above.  However, if you have specific questions or inquiries about the recruiting process for Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s summer program, please contact:

Veronica Samaniego
Associate Recruiting Program Manager
TEL:  602-262-5355

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, age, physical or mental disability, spousal affiliation, marital status, a serious medical condition, genetic information, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.