Since then, Rachel has decided not to date someone from the office, until she meets Mike.When Rachel meets Mike in the "Pilot" she has made it pretty clear that she is uninterested in dating coworkers and that, despite her position as a paralegal, she is most likely better than some of the associates in the firm. In "Tricks of the Trade", Rachel feels threatened when a former colleague almost gets an internship at Pearson Hardman.At one point, Rachel dated Colin Mc Carthy, a first year associate.In the end, Rachel broke up with him and his performance began to drop until, two months later, he was fired.Unable to get into law school, she decided to begin working as a paralegal at Pearson Hardman.Because of this, Robert began to doubt Rachel's capabilities as a lawyer.
Over the course of Mike's first year at Pearson Hardman, she and Mike became very close, even to the point of exchanged flirtations.
When Mike realized that he cannot tell Rachel the truth about himself, he ends things with her, telling her that he is worried that she would do what she did to Colin Mc Carthy.
Initially hurt, Rachel then realized that there is more to the story that Mike is letting on when she sees how much he cares for her.
When her friend fails, she is relieved, not wanting to work for someone who was once like her.
When she finds out about the genius that had been taking the LSATs for other hopeful law students, she considers it for a while but eventually calls it off.
At one point, though, when Mike finally asked her out, Rachel turned him down, not wanting to ruin their work dynamic.