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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.


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

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is committed to the growth of diversity in the firm to reflect the rich diversity of our society. ‎We believe that a diverse workplace provides superior service to our clients and an enhanced workplace environment for ‎our attorneys and staff. We are looking for people who demonstrate aptitude, leadership, teamwork, initiative and strong ‎verbal and written communication skills.‎

As one means of meeting this commitment, the firm has established a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. The fellowship consists ‎of a paid 10-week Summer Associate position in either our Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington offices for the summer ‎following the successful completion of the first year of law school. In addition, the recipients will receive a $7,500 academic stipend ‎to help defray tuition and expenses for their second year of law school.‎

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt recognizes that diversity exists in many different forms, including gender, race, national ‎origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The firm will ‎place particular emphasis on candidates who are members of groups that are historically under-represented in the legal ‎profession and at Schwabe.‎


Applicant must: ‎

‎•‎ Be a first-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; and

‎•‎ Demonstrate a commitment to practice law in the ‎Pacific Northwest upon completion of law school.‎

Application: ‎

In accordance with NALP Guidelines, materials will not be ‎accepted prior to December 1, 2017. Materials must be ‎received by Will Case, Recruiting Manager, by January 8, ‎‎2018.  Submissions will only be accepted electronically ‎using the following link: ‎associates

When using the online application software, please be sure ‎to fill out all of the requested contact information and law ‎school information, including graduation year. All ‎documents must be uploaded as a PDF. Documents will only be accepted in PDF format. You may only apply to one ‎office location.‎

**Application portal opens Friday, December 1, 2017**

Submissions to include: ‎

‎•‎ Resume

‎•‎ Cover letter

‎•‎ Complete undergraduate transcript ‎‎(unofficial acceptable)‎

‎•‎ Law school transcript reflecting 1L first semester ‎grades (unofficial acceptable)‎

‎•‎ Two- to four-page personal statement indicating ‎applicant’s interest in the fellowship, applicant’s ‎qualifications for receipt of Schwabe’s diversity ‎fellowship, interest in Schwabe, and a description ‎of how the applicant will contribute to diversity in ‎the legal community

‎•‎ Writing sample (that has not been significantly ‎edited by others) reflecting applicant’s legal ‎analysis abilities (not to exceed five pages)‎

Interviews will be granted to finalists and the ‎fellowship recipients will be selected in January ‎‎2018.‎

2L Hiring Process

Portland 2018 2L Summer Associate

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 2L Summer Associate position. Please revisit our site in Summer 2018 for more information about our Summer 2019 application process.

Seattle 2018 2L Summer Associate

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 2L Summer Associate position. Please revisit our site in Summer 2018 for more information about our Summer 2019 application process.

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
Direct: 503-796-2436‎