2023 2L Summer Associate

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Schwabe is one of the top law firms serving the needs of businesses in the Pacific Northwest, by ‎‎focusing on seven industry ‎groups:

We are looking for people to join our 2023 Summer Associate Program in our Portland or Seattle office. Candidates should embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, and take initiative by demonstrating aptitude, leadership, teamwork, and strong verbal and written communication skills with a strong desire to practice law in a regional setting is key.

Summer Associates begin in June and receive a weekly salary of at least $2,600. During that time, associates receive formal and informal evaluations of their work from a dedicated advisor and a number of assigned attorneys.

Summer Associates can expect to work with Associates and Shareholders 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.


Applications for a 2L position in the 2023 Summer Associate Program are now closed. We will accept applications for the 2024 Summer Associate program starting xx/xx/2023

  • Applicants are preferred 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.

Direct your materials to Michelle Baird-Johnson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration. 

Submissions to include

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • Law school transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • References
  • Writing sample (that has not been significantly edited by others) reflecting your legal analysis abilities (not to exceed seven pages)

Candidates selected for callback interviews will be interviewed on a predetermined date in late summer/early fall.

Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
1211 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97204
503-796-2484 (direct)
503-796-2900 (fax)

You may use this email address to ask questions about the process.  However, to apply for the position, please click the link as outlined in the instructions above.


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