As the Jones Foster 2023 Summer Associate Program closes another successful year, J.D. candidates Danielle S. Brouillette and Natalie C. Rickards reflect on their experience and discuss newfound insights they will bring with them into their final year of law school at the University of Florida.
Danielle and Natalie, who were selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants, spent over two months at the firm working side-by-side with the experienced attorneys in the West Palm Beach office to gain exposure to multiple areas of law and begin to apply their education to real-life matters and legal proceedings.
The Jones Foster Summer Associate Program is designed to broaden law students’ knowledge of various practice groups and facilitate an authentic law firm experience with shareholders, associates, and professional staff in a supportive environment to pave the way for future career development.
Summer associates are challenged with a range of projects and are given the opportunity to attend client meetings, trials, hearings, depositions, and negotiations. Each receives firsthand experience by participating in departmental meetings, working with clients, and learning from the firm’s preeminent attorneys spanning multiple generations and years of experience. The program also includes an introduction to marketing and business development, an often overlooked yet increasingly important area of study for young attorneys seeking to build a practice.
Here are some program highlights and personal takeaways Danielle and Natalie shared with us from their summer.