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Summer Associates

Our summer associate program is critical to helping us find the next generation of firm leaders, and a key step in helping law students discover the area of law that interests them most. 

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt often hires new attorneys through its summer associate program. The program is designed as a time for careful evaluation and serious consideration of law students for future employment. It is the firm's desire to extend offers of employment to all second-year summer associates exhibiting exceptional work performance.

Schwabe’s Summer Associate Committee consists of attorneys who are also members of the firm’s Hiring Committee. The purpose of the committee is to ease the transition into the firm, as well as provide advice and feedback from completed assignments and written evaluations. The Summer Associate Committee provides two formal reviews: one at midsummer and the other at summer’s end. The Hiring Committee customarily extends offers to the second-year summer associates in late August. First-year summer associates are invited to reapply for a second summer.

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Summer Program

Our summer associate program consists of four 10-week positions located in both Portland and Seattle.

Work Experience

As a Schwabe summer associate, you’ll quickly experience our collaborative environment. You’ll work on client teams alongside associates and shareholders, conducting research and drafting memoranda and pleadings. Throughout the summer, you may have the opportunity to attend client meetings, depositions, arbitrations, real estate closings and appellate arguments, and occasionally to assist with trials. You may also help prepare legal updates, articles and speeches for continuing education projects. For additional hands-on experience, we encourage summer associates to volunteer with our firm-sponsored pro bono clinic, under the supervision of senior attorneys.

To help our summer associates bond as a class, we’ll provide opportunities for you to collaborate throughout the summer,  traveling between the Portland and Seattle offices.

Mentors and Advisors

Each summer associate is paired with a mentor who provides coaching and support—usually a former Schwabe summer associate who understands the summer experience. Your mentor will not assign your work or formally evaluate you.

You’ll also be assigned an advisor, who, along with assigning attorneys, gives you formal and informal feedback on your work. We view this as a two-way process and look forward to hearing your comments about your summer experience.

Social Activities

We love to have fun and we hope you’ll join us! Firm social events let you spend informal time with attorneys at all levels, enjoying lunches, happy hours and some of our favorite pastimes. Recent events have included rock climbing, food truck wars, kickball, white-water rafting down the Deschutes River in Central Oregon, room escape adventures and softball, just to name a few.

Compensation

Our summer associate salaries are competitive with other firms in the area. Each year we review compensation and make adjustments to correspond with current market rates. 

1L Diversity Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2016 Diversity Fellowship. Applications for our 2017 Diversity Fellowship will be accepted starting December 1, 2016.

2L Hiring Process

Schwabe offers summer associate positions in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for law ‎students who demonstrate aptitude, leadership, teamwork, initiative, and superior verbal and written ‎communication skills. A strong desire to practice law in a regional setting is key.‎

In lieu of on-campus interviews, this year, we will host a Fall Recruiting Day in our Portland and Seattle ‎offices. Second-year law students should apply to participate in the recruiting process for the 2017 ‎Summer Associate program by clicking the “Current Openings” link below.‎

Criteria

• Top 25% class ranking or equivalent GPA at an ABA-accredited law school

• Moot Court and/or Law Review experience is preferred

Application

Please direct your materials to Will Case, Recruiting Manager. The deadline to submit applications:

Portland, Oregon: July 29

Seattle, Washington: July 22

‎Submissions will only be accepted electronically.

When using the online application software, please be sure to fill out all of the requested contact and ‎law school information, including graduation year. All documents must be uploaded in PDF format. ‎

Submissions to include:

• Resume

• Cover letter

• Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)‎

• Law school transcript (unofficial acceptable)‎

• References

• Writing sample reflecting your writing and legal analysis abilities (not significantly edited by ‎others and not to exceed five pages)

Fall Recruiting Dates

Portland, Oregon: August 26

Seattle, Washington: August 22‎

Please apply for one office only. Applications for both offices will not be accepted. Candidates selected ‎to interview should anticipate spending a full day participating in interviews. It is recommended that ‎candidates bring items to work on in between interviews.‎ A detailed schedule of the Fall Recruiting Day will be sent to selected candidates prior to the interview date.


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2L Diversity Hiring Process

Schwabe is committed to building a firm that reflects the rich diversity of our society. We believe that a ‎diverse ‎workplace provides superior service to our clients and a more fulfilling experience for our ‎attorneys and staff. ‎

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and within the firm, we are pleased to offer our 2L Diversity ‎Summer Associate position ‎in our Portland, Oregon, office.‎

Criteria

Applicant must:‎

  • Be a second-year law student in good standing for the degree of Juris Doctor at an ‎ABA-accredited law school.‎
  • Possess an undergraduate and law school record of academic achievement, capacity ‎and ‎leadership that ‎evidences promise for a successful career in the legal profession.‎
  • ‎Contribute to the diversity of the law school student body and the legal community.‎ 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to practice law in the Pacific Northwest upon completion of ‎law ‎school.‎

We recognize that diversity exists in many different forms, including gender, race, national origin, ‎religion, age, veteran ‎status, political affiliation, disability,sexual orientation and gender identity. We will place particular ‎emphasis on candidates who are ‎members of groups historically underrepresented in the legal ‎profession and at Schwabe.‎

Application

Please direct your materials to Will Case, Recruiting Manager. All materials must be received by August 1, 2016.‎ ‎Submissions will only be accepted electronically.

Submission 

To apply for the 2017 2L Summer Associate program, click the ‎‎“Current Openings” link below.‎ 

When using the online application software, please be sure to fill out all of the requested contact and ‎law school ‎information, including graduation year. All documents must be uploaded as in PDF format. ‎

Submissions to include:‎

• Resume

• Cover letter

• Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)‎

• Law school transcript (unofficial acceptable)‎

• Two-to-four page personal statement indicating your interest in Schwabe, qualifications for the ‎diversity position and how you will contribute to the diversity of the legal community; please tell ‎us how your experiences have better prepared you for your future career in law and what you ‎have learned from those experiences

• References

• Writing sample reflecting your writing and legal analysis abilities (not significantly edited by ‎others and not to exceed five pages

Fall Recruiting Date

Portland, Oregon: August 26

Candidates selected ‎to interview should anticipate spending a full day participating in interviews. It is recommended that ‎candidates bring items to work on in between interviews.‎ A detailed schedule of the Fall Recruiting Day will be sent to selected candidates prior to the interview date.

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Our Summer Associates Say

‎“From the first time I met the firm at a diversity fair during my first year of law school, throughout both of my ‎summers, and now as a first-year attorney, I found Schwabe’s sincerity extremely refreshing. I wanted to be in an ‎environment that was real and would support me in all facets of my legal career.” – Derrick De Vera

Contact Us

Will Case
Recruiting Manager
wcase@schwabe.com
Direct: 503-796-2436‎