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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 the 2018 1L Summer Associate Fellowships. Please revisit our website in November 2018 for more information about our Summer 2019 application process.

2L Hiring Process


Portland 2019 2L Summer Associate

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is one of the top law firms serving the needs of businesses in the Pacific Northwest, providing a broad range of transactional and litigation services to the Northwest’s leading companies. We are looking for people who demonstrate aptitude, leadership, teamwork, initiative and strong verbal and written communication skills to join the 2019 Summer Associate program in our Portland office.

We are looking for people who embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and take initiative. A strong desire to practice law in a regional setting is key.

Summer Associates begin in late June and receive a weekly salary of $1,900.  During the summer, associates receive formal and informal evaluations of their work from their Advisor and the assigning attorneys.  We view this as a two-way process, and in addition to providing you with feedback about your work, we look forward to hearing your comments about your summer experience.  Summer Associates can expect to work with Associates and Shareholder conducting research and drafting memoranda, pleadings, and legal updates for continuing education purposes. Schwabe also has opportunities to volunteer at the firm-sponsored pro bono clinic.

Criteria:

  • Applicants are required to have a top 25% class ranking or equivalent GPA at an ABA accredited law school
  • Moot Court and/or Law Review experience is preferred

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status protected by law. The firm will make reasonable accommodations for religious beliefs and for the known needs of qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Submission of applications may be made beginning on July 1, 2018 online at http://www.schwabe.com/careers-attorneys & choose 2L Summer Associate from the drop down menu under the Current Openings section.  Please apply to only one office location.

The deadline to submit applications is July 30, 2018.

Submissions to include:  

  • Resume;
  • Cover Letter;
  • Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable);
  • Law school transcript (unofficial acceptable);
  • References; and
  • Writing sample-reflecting applicant’s writing and legal analysis which has not been significantly edited by others (not to exceed 5 pages).

Candidates selected to interview for a position in Portland will spend a full day participating in interviews on August 24, 2018 in our Portland office.  A detailed schedule of the Fall Recruiting Day will be sent to selected candidates three days prior to said interview date.

**Please make sure to fill out all of your contact information, your law school, and graduation year. We also ask that you upload all of your documents in PDF format.**

Direct your materials to:

Michelle Baird-Johnson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration

****Email submissions will not be accepted.  All submissions must be done online*****


Seattle 2019 2L Summer Associate

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is one of the top law firms serving the needs of businesses in the Pacific Northwest, providing a broad range of transactional and litigation services to the Northwest’s leading companies. We are looking for people who demonstrate aptitude, leadership, teamwork, initiative and strong verbal and written communication skills to join the 2019 Summer Associate program in our Seattle office. 

We are looking for people who embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and take initiative. A strong desire to practice law in a regional setting is key.

Summer Associates begin in late June and receive a weekly salary of $1,900.  During the summer, associates receive formal and informal evaluations of their work from their Advisor and the assigning attorneys.  We view this as a two-way process, and in addition to providing you with feedback about your work, we look forward to hearing your comments about your summer experience.  Summer Associates can expect to work with Associates and Shareholder conducting research and drafting memoranda, pleadings, and legal updates for continuing education purposes. Schwabe also has opportunities to volunteer at the firm-sponsored pro bono clinic.

Criteria:

  • Applicants are required to have a top 25% class ranking or equivalent GPA at an ABA accredited law school
  • Moot Court and/or Law Review experience is preferred

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status protected by law. The firm will make reasonable accommodations for religious beliefs and for the known needs of applicants and employees with disabilities.

Submission of applications may be made beginning on July 1, 2018 online at http://www.schwabe.com/careers-attorneys & choose 2L Summer Associate from the drop down menu under the Current Openings section.  Please apply to only one office location.

The deadline to submit applications is July 27, 2018.

Submissions to include:

  • Resume;
  • Cover Letter;
  • Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable);
  • Law school transcript (unofficial acceptable);
  • References; and
  • Writing sample reflecting applicant’s writing and legal analysis which has not been significantly edited by others (not to exceed 5 pages).

Candidates selected to interview for a position in Seattle will spend a full day participating in interviews on August 31, 2018 in our Seattle office.  A detailed schedule of the Fall Recruiting Day will be sent to selected candidates three days prior to said interview date. 

**Please make sure to fill out all of your contact information, your law school, and graduation year. We also ask that you upload all of your documents in PDF format.**

Direct your materials to: 

Michelle Baird-Johnson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration

****Email submissions will not be accepted.  All submissions must be done online*****


Our Former 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 third-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

Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
Direct: 503-796-2484
AttorneyRecruiting@schwabe.com

Alvin J. Ma
Recruiting Specialist
Direct:503-796-2487
AttorneyRecruiting@schwabe.com