Our Summer Associate Program and UK Trainee Programme and UK Summer Scheme positions provide the primary avenue through which new lawyers join Bryan Cave. These programs are designed to introduce students to our practices, our clients and the experience of being a Bryan Cave lawyer. 

Summer Associate Program

We take great pride in our track record. Our summer associates consistently tell us that their experience provided a genuine understanding of life at the firm, and usually all accept our offer to join Bryan Cave after graduation.

Our summer program provides a variety of opportunities such as the ability to meet clients; attend depositions, oral arguments, closings and board meetings; and observe courtroom and discovery procedures. Summer associates are engaged in substantive, challenging work on par with work done by first and second year associates. This includes research, drafting parts of briefs and other writing assignments, and formal and informal feedback provided by accomplished lawyers. Summer associates are introduced to Bryan Cave's core values and how we live these values.

Bryan Cave sponsors a variety of cultural, educational and purely recreational activities for its summer associates. Along with sightseeing, dining and entertainment, you will have ample opportunity to enjoy your co-workers’ company. For many of our summer associates, getting to know our people is the best part of the summer experience.

One Firm

What differentiates Bryan Cave is the open road that seamlessly links all of our offices, making us One Firm with a shared practice and not just a shared name. Wherever your home office, you’ll collaborate with lawyers in our other offices, and call on each other when needed.

Each client is considered a client of the whole firm, with access to the resources that will best serve their needs. We act as One Firm because it serves our clients best. For you, that means wonderful opportunities for interesting work in a national and international practice.

Client Development

Bryan Cave has always focused on building long-lasting relationships with clients rather than on offering a “quick fix.” Many of our clients have been with the firm for decades. Associates have ample opportunity to get to know our existing clients and to be part of teams meeting with potential clients. Associates also have the opportunity to develop strong relationships with other lawyers within the firm. The firm’s practice and diversity affinity group retreats strengthen ties between lawyers, building trust and opportunities to share business when it serves a client’s interest. In fact, it’s not uncommon for clients to attend our retreats, participating in panel discussions about their needs and expectations.

Professional Development

We believe that the best lawyers never stop learning. Our firm offers a comprehensive associate professional development program to help ensure that every attorney reaches his or her full potential. Our commitment to this goal is perhaps best exemplified by Bryan Cave’s partners, who provide their expertise and insight as instructors and panelists for each of our programs.

The firm’s professional development programs include: 

  • The Bryan Cave Business of Law Academy (BCBA)
    The goal of the BCBA program is to enhance understanding of and gain skills in the business underpinnings of day-to-day legal practice, including practice economics, budgeting, and project management. Topics are tailored according to associate level to ensure that our attorneys, wherever they are in their careers, are able to leverage “business of law”  knowledge and tools to manage matters effectively for the success of our clients and of the firm.
  • Commercial Litigation Curriculum
    This curriculum includes seminars on the fundamentals of oral argument, deposition and trial advocacy, and offers information on questioning techniques, witness preparation and choosing the most effective legal arguments. Workshops offer interactive simulations that allow associates to practice their skills using actual cases.
  • Corporate & Transactional Practice Curriculum
    Comprised of over 20 online seminars, this program focuses on general legal areas as they apply to a corporate practice such as accounting, ethics and client service, as well as specific transactional skills such as closing mechanics, corporate governance, and debt and bank financings.


Bryan Cave provides its lawyers with excellent compensation and benefits, including essential work tools; a selection of health plan coverage options; adoption/maternity/paternity leave and other work/life benefits; and more.

On-Campus Calendar

Each year, Bryan Cave recruits second-year law students at a number of law schools for our Summer Associate Program. To obtain more information about our requirements, please contact your career services office. Want to know more about your school alumni at Bryan Cave? Visit the People section, and search by school.  View our On-Campus Calendar

 NALP Forms

 NALP forms are available for many of Bryan Cave’s locations. Click on an office below to learn more:

 Atlanta New York
 Chicago  Phoenix
 Denver  San Francisco
 Irvine  St. Louis
 Kansas City  Washington, DC
Los Angeles   

If you have any questions about our Summer Associate Program or to apply, please contact one of the firm’s Recruiting Contacts.


Diversity Scholarship Program

Bryan Cave sponsors a diversity scholarship program for law students who have received and accepted an offer for a summer associate position after the second year of law school in one of Bryan Cave’s U.S. offices  Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000, half of which will be paid after successful completion of Bryan Cave’s Summer Associate Program. The second half of the scholarship will be paid prior to the second semester of the recipient’s third year of law school, providing they have received and accepted an offer to join Bryan Cave as an associate following the completion of their legal education. Click here for more information about the selection criteria and application process.


UK Trainee Program and UK Summer Scheme

Bryan Cave’s London office runs the UK Trainee Program, which gives individuals an opportunity to assist in providing solutions to the legal requirements of our broad and varied international client base. A substantial proportion of work in the London office is cross border and our clients, lawyers, staff and trainees benefit from working together and sharing their knowledge and experience across jurisdiction and time zones.

Bryan Cave’s collegiate atmosphere, both in the London office and throughout the firm, fosters personal and professional fulfillment. As a trainee, you will have access to the best colleagues, the best clients and the best support and training in a friendly and forward-thinking environment.

We are interested in candidates who are expected to achieve (or have already obtained) a first class or 2:1 degree (law or non-law). In the majority of cases, under-graduate law students apply for the UK Training Program in their penultimate year of university and non-law students in their final year. Alternatively, you may have already completed the GDL or the LPC or you may be about to embark on one of these. We also value experience gained in areas outside the law.

The firm is committed to equal opportunities at every level. We place great importance on diversity and respect each other’s different contributions. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, provided you have sound academic qualifications, a head for business and enthusiasm about the practice of law in an international environment. Above all, you need the potential and the commitment to be part of the Bryan Cave team.

We take on two trainees a year and provide individual support and training for two years. Typically, you will experience four seats during your training contract with us. The two core seats are Corporate/Commercial and Litigation, but you may also have the opportunity to work in Employment, Finance, Property (Real Estate), IP and International Trade. We try to accommodate trainees’ individual needs and interests when allocating seats. You will be closely supervised and mentored by our associates, partners and counsel, and given as much responsibility as you can handle.

Financial Assistance

Future trainees receive a payment to cover the cost of the LPC fees and, in the case of non-law graduates, to cover the cost of the GDL course. Bryan Cave also contributes up to £7,500 towards maintenance.

Trainee Salaries

Trainee salaries start at £43,000 per annum and are reviewed every six months. Other benefits include medical health insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance and eligibility to join the firms Group Personal Pension Scheme. Annual holiday entitlement is 25 days plus public holidays.

UK Summer Scheme

Our informal UK Summer Scheme gives candidates who might be interested in applying for a training contract with us to sample life as a trainee before they apply. Our UK Summer Scheme students are given hands on experience. You will be involved in the day to day work of our lawyers and by the end of your placement you will have a good understanding of our work and our culture.


To apply for our UK Trainee Program, applications should reach us between 1 May and 31 July, two years ahead of the date that you would like to start with us.

To apply for our UK Summer Scheme, you should apply immediately prior to the summer in which you would like to work for us.  Upon publication of the application dates, please download our application form here and follow the instructions on the form.

If you have any queries regarding the UK Trainee Program or UK Summer Scheme, please contact:

Amanda Wright and Maria Robertson
Administration & Facilities Managers