Summer Associates

Recruiting Contacts

Application Submission

If you wish to apply for a position at Gray Reed, please use the following links rather than contacting the recruiter.

Attorney Recruiting

Deirdra Clement
Business Development & Recruiting Specialist

Houston Professional Staff

Olga Alvarado
Director of Human Resources

Dallas Professional Staff

Vicki Kinslow
Dallas Office Manager

The Gray Reed Summer Associate Program

At Gray Reed & McGraw, the summer associate program is our primary method for hiring first-year associates. With a vested interest in protecting the firm’s culture and standard of excellence, we invest in our future colleagues early on; showing you the ropes of real, billable case work, legal research and client meetings. Clerkships are available in our Dallas and Houston offices.

Offering Diversity and Depth of Practices

We understand that the practice of law is a dynamic and vast undertaking, and that it takes experience to learn what you like and where you excel.  Students are invited to work either the first or second six weeks of the summer, and many times have the opportunity to choose a practice area or opt to rotate among our varied practice groups. 

Teaching & Growing

Our recruiting committee functions as the summer associates' mentors during the summer, and our hiring partners directly manage assignments  to ensure our summer associates have plenty of work but are not overloaded.

Demonstrating that Gray Reed IS a "Best Place to Work"

Throughout our summer associate program, we incorporate social activities to facilitate the building of relationships and to give our summer associates a good flavor of our culture. Gray Reed is frequently honored as one of the "Best Places to Work" by both the Dallas Business Journal and the Houston Business Journal. This is a testament to the atmosphere and culture that we have created at Gray Reed.

Texas is a Great Place to Start Your Practice

According to the National Jurist, Dallas and Houston are two of the best places in the U.S. to work as a young attorney (Dallas scored #5 and Houston #10).  National Jurist ranked 71 cities in total and based their rankings on three categories: standard of living, size of the legal community, and active social scene for young people.

Our Attorneys Are Singing Our Praises

Want to know if Gray Reed & McGraw is a great place to work?  Just ask our attorneys.

 “Gray Reed’s stated mission is to create a firm that survives well beyond the present partners’ respective careers.  The only way to ensure that is to hire the best and brightest associates and then build a stronger and more vibrant firm based on their talents and work ethic.  Our Summer Associate program is how we identify those individuals who will help us accomplish our mission.” J.J. Hardig, Hiring Partner

 “As a Gray Reed Summer Associate, I was treated as a real member of the Gray Reed team. I worked on projects that had a real impact on cases.  I also got to sit in on depositions, client meetings, meetings with expert witnesses, and hearings. After my time as a summer associate, I had no doubt that Gray Reed was where I wanted to begin my legal career.  ”Lydia Webb, 2011 Summer Associate

“A summer clerkship is one of the most important components of the law school experience.  At Gray Reed, our clerkships are designed to closely resemble what life is like as a young associate at our firm.” Drew York, Hiring Partner

“Gray Reed really excels at giving its associates the responsibility and the freedom you need to challenge yourself as a young lawyer, while at the same time, mentoring and teaching you the skills you need to excel.  Within my first year at Gray Reed, I was meeting with clients, taking depositions and arguing motions.  But, I never felt like I couldn’t go to the partner I was working with and get their help or advice on whatever I was doing.  It’s really an environment in which you can become a great lawyer.” Chance Decker, 2008 Summer Associate


Summer Associate Recruiting Q&A


On which campuses does Gray Reed & McGraw recruit during OCI?

  • The University of Texas Law School
  • The University of Houston Law Center
  • Baylor Law School
  • SMU Dedman School of Law

Please check with your career services office to find out when we'll be interviewing on your campus.

What can I expect from my OCI interview with Gray Reed?

Interviewers from Gray Reed are interested in getting to know you and seeing a little of your personality. We're also interested in learning what attracts you to our firm.

What is the interview process after OCI?

Each Gray Reed office conducts at least one round of in-office interviews in the weeks following OCI. Call-back candidates will receive an email from Gray Reed's recruiting coordinator.

How big is Gray Reed’s Summer Associates Program?

We keep it small so that everyone has the opportunity to receive a permanent offer.

Apply to the Gray Reed Summer Associate Program (outside of OCI)

In you are interested in directly applying to the Gray Reed Summer Associate Program, please CLICK HERE to complete an application and upload your resume.