Megan E. Norris, J.D. Candidate, University of Miami School of Law
Q: How has the program helped prepare you for a future in law?
A: The firm’s program gave me insight into a future in law like no other. I received first-hand experience by researching relevant and pressing issues; attending trials; listening to depositions; and drafting contracts, motions, and memorandums. I exponentially enhanced my research and writing skills. I also gained invaluable professional experience by listening to and communicating with the firm’s attorneys. I was able to receive a glimpse into my future as an attorney, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so.
Q: Did the experience of working with different practice groups provide insight into any new areas of interest?
A: Very much so. Prior to my summer with Jones Foster, I knew only of practice areas like real estate, private wealth, tax, and municipal work from the pages of my law school textbooks. These areas, while foundationally the same, are addressed much differently in practice. This really sparked my interest in areas that I had not even considered practicing prior to this summer. I look forward to exploring them further in my final year of law school.
Q: What advice would you share with other J.D. candidates interested in a summer associate experience?
A: I would tell them to apply to Jones Foster if any of the firm’s practice areas even remotely intrigue them. I went into this summer with only a vague understanding of several of the practice areas and am leaving with an entirely different perspective. Summer Associate opportunities should be about taking risks, learning a vast range of information, and exploring new territory. Jones Foster takes this very seriously and strives to provide such an experience. It is important to have an idea of preferred areas of interest, but it is equally important to have an open mind and be ready to take on any assignment. The practice of law is much different from law school, and it is essential to find a firm that values the continued education of its Summers in this regard.
Q: What aspects of the firm culture or dynamics did you most appreciate during your time with us?
A: I most appreciated how naturally I was welcomed into the firm’s culture. Every attorney was approachable, helpful, insightful, and delighted to work with me. The atmosphere was supportive and engaging, which was quite a relief at a time when society is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, I greatly appreciated how diligently the firm worked to provide such an enriching experience as a Summer Associate. I was provided with an unparalleled opportunity to enhance my own understanding of the law and to learn how to apply it in practice. I received incredible mentorship and guidance every step of the way. I am very grateful for such a rigorous yet rewarding summer.