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.
Seattle Office Summer Associates
Summer associates in the Seattle office are encouraged to meet
and work with as many Portland attorneys and summer associates
as possible by spending two weeks in the Portland office. Housing
is provided and travel expenses are reimbursed.
Summer associates have many opportunities to interact with the
firm's attorneys, including informal lunches, after-work socializing,
parties and softball. Favorite events may include a Seattle Mariners'
game, all-firm picnic, and an outdoor concert. The surrounding
natural environment is an integral part of the Pacific Northwest
lifestyle, and special outings are planned that highlight the
spectacular beauty and unique qualities of the area. Imagine the
panoramic view of the Cascades Range from the rim of Mount St.
Helens, a daylong hike in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area,
or white-water rafting down the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.
Summer associates earn a salary competitive with other firms in
the area, currently, $1,900 per week. Patent summer associates
currently earn $2,050 per week. Compensation is reviewed on a
regular basis, and adjustments made to remain competitive with
current market rates. Round-trip transportation expenses to and
from Portland and Seattle are reimbursed.