Your Journey Starts Here

Where and how you spend your law school summers can have a big impact on your legal career. If you are looking for a firm that values academic excellence, leadership, curiosity, and innovation consider DWT. As a Summer Associate, you’ll experience diversity in your work and engage in stimulating assignments. Your mentors will be industry leaders who are invested in your growth and success. The Summer Associate Program is rich with activities and trainings designed to integrate you into the fabric of the firm.

On-Campus Interviews

Our attorneys travel to several campuses every year, searching for passionate and team-oriented Summer Associates. If you are unable to attend any of the in-person events, we still want to hear from you, so please visit our online application site if you wish to apply. Check out our FAQs for more information about our hiring process.

On-Campus Interview Schedule

We have completed all 2017 On-Campus Interviews at this time.

2017 On-Campus Interview Schedule

  • Columbia Law School - 08.03.17
  • UC Berkeley School of Law - 08.03.17
  • New York University School of Law - 08.09.17
  • Georgetown University Law Center - 08.10.17
  • Seattle University School of Law - 08.15.17
  • Willamette University College of Law - 08.15.17
  • Stanford Law School - 08.16.17
  • University of Oregon School of Law - 08.16.17
  • University of Washington School of Law - 08.17.17
  • Lewis & Clark Law School - 08.22.17

Job fairs

  • Northwest Minority Job Fair – 08.19.17

To Apply

Although we are done with On-Campus Interviews and job fairs for this season, our online application site is open until August, 31 (Historically, half of our summer class comes from non-OCI schools.)

To ensure you have a complete application packet, we ask that you include the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Copy of your law transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • Copy of your complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • List of two or three references, one of whom should be a person qualified to comment on your law school work.

If you are in town, please mention it to us in your cover letter!

1L Diversity Scholarship

Our 1L Diversity Scholarship Program is one significant way to help us advance diversity in the legal profession. We offer six scholarships in the following offices: Los Angeles (1 - Real Estate focus), New York (2), Portland (1), Seattle (1), and Washington, D.C. (1). As a 1L Diversity Scholarship recipient, you will receive a paid position in our Summer Associate Program and $10,000 for your second year tuition and expenses.

Criteria for 1L Diversity Scholarship

The Diversity Scholarships are open to all 1L’s of color, or others of diverse backgrounds, who have the following:

  • A record of academic achievement in undergraduate school and the first year of law school that demonstrates promise for a successful career in law
  • A commitment to civil involvement that promotes diversity and will continue that commitment upon entering the legal profession
  • A commitment to practicing law in the Pacific Northwest after law school (For the Seattle and Portland offices only)

Although demonstrated need may be taken into account, applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances.

To Apply

Our online application site is open every December through mid-January. Per NALP guidelines, we are unable to interview first-year law students prior to December 1. Application materials required:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter (indicate which office you are applying for and your connection to the Pacific Northwest for Seattle and Portland applications)
  • One-page personal statement indicating your eligibility for the scholarship and if you are applying to the Seattle or Portland office, then your connection to the Pacific Northwest. (If you are an out-of-area applicant and you will be in town during the application window, please indicate those dates in your statement or cover letter.)
  • Copy of your complete undergraduate transcript
  • Copy of your grades from the first semester of law school (if grades are not available at the time you apply, please supplement your application as soon as possible via email by attaching your first semester law grades and send to Brook Dormaier for the Seattle office or Hiroko Peraza for the Portland office)
  • Legal writing sample un-edited by a third party
  • List of two or three references, one of whom should be a person qualified to comment on your law school work

Summer Associate FAQ

When and how do I apply for a summer associate position?
We recruit 1L’s starting in December for our 1L Diversity Scholarship, and we begin to accept applications for 2L’s in June. We participate in on-campus interviews, but aren’t able to visit to every law school. If DWT seems to be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply online (please do not email us your application). Typically half of our summer class is made up of students who have sought us out directly. Please make sure your contact information is current and that your voicemail can receive messages.
For the Diversity Scholarship, what are you looking for in my personal essay?
We want to learn more about you, so be open and tell us part of your life story. Some suggestions might include: How did you get here? What have you overcome? What is it about diversity that drives you? How might you contribute to our community in the future? What would you like us to know about you that is not in your resume?
Your personal statement should be no more than one page, single-spaced, and 12-point font. Please include your name but do not address your personal statement to anyone.
Which offices participate in the summer associate programs?
Anchorage, Alaska; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles; New York, N.Y.; Washington, D.C. Opportunities may change from year to year. Please refer to our job postings to confirm current availability.
How does the interview process work?
  • Initial: A candidate will meet with one or two people and the meeting will take up to an hour. Unless you are local or we are meeting you on campus, these will be conducted by video.
  • Callbacks: These take place in our office and usually involve meeting 6-8 people. They might include lunch or coffee and can last up to 4 hours. The lunch or coffee interviews allow the candidates an opportunity to spend quality time with DWT attorneys. You do not need to bring your resume with you when you interview with us, though some candidates do.
What should I wear?
The dress code for interviews is business professional. Once you are a summer associate, we adhere to business casual. We encourage you, however, always to have a suit jacket in your office in case you are invited to a client meeting or court hearing.
How long will it be before I hear from DWT?
The Hiring Committee makes every effort to contact candidates soon after the callback interview. This committee meets on a regular basis during fall recruiting, but because we have so many applicants, the wait time can be a couple of weeks during the high season. If you have come in for callback interviews, we welcome periodic check-ins on the status of your candidacy.
What expenses will the firm reimburse?
Our recruiters will coordinate your trip with our travel desk and will provide information about our travel reimbursement policies. Additionally, we ask that anyone who travels to our office for interviews complete a travel expense reimbursement form.
What is the length of the summer program?
10 weeks and runs from June to August. We coordinate with the class to determine exact dates.
Can I split my summer with another firm?
In order to give you the best possible chance at an offer, we do not recommend splitting your summer with another firm.
What kind of work will I get?
If the work is there and you want to try it, it’s yours! We do not have a rotation so you are able to take any work that is available from any group. We pride ourselves on offering you with opportunities that give you a real glimpse of what it is like to practice at DWT. Some summer associates have assisted with trial prep, attended client meetings, worked directly with partners, attended depositions, etc. We also encourage summer associates to work on pro bono projects, which often results in direct client contact and courtroom experience.
What kind of training will there be?
Impactful! You will gain exposure to each practice group, attend litigation writing and transactional drafting seminars in addition to having access to a writing advisor and your mentors. Additionally, summer associates are invited to attend various training programs delivered by our Professional Development department as well as training and meetings hosted by practice groups. And of course, you will also learn a great deal of on-the-job training by collaborating in small client teams doing real work and getting real feedback.
Will I have a mentor, secretary and an office?
Though offices can vary slightly, most provide an associate and partner mentor for you over the summer as well as an assistant. You will also be assigned an office, though some of our locations are nearing capacity, so we ask for your flexibility. Growth is a good problem to have!
What kind of summer associate events do you offer?
Social events vary by office, but a few events from last year include: sailing, baseball games, partner dinners, Puzzle Escape, Brew Cycle, karaoke, concerts, happy hours, a cooking party, and lots of coffee dates!
The highlight of the summer is the three-day Summer Associate Retreat. Each year we bring all of our summer associates from across the firm to the Seattle office for a day of training and networking with their colleagues. After that, we head to a beautiful resort to socialize and get to know more attorneys from the firm in a fun, relaxing environment.
Who are we looking for?
We value and expect top-notch writing and academic excellence, but know that true success is determined by personal characteristics that cannot be taught. We want the right person. Someone who contributes to our increasingly diverse, friendly and hard-working culture – someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously, but who will do what it takes to put forth their best work. Someone who can get back up again and who will accept the help of a colleague and offer help in return. We want people who will be active in our communities, both inside and outside of the firm. Our culture is special, and we think it’s worth finding the right person for.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Please contact Brook Dormaier, Law Student Recruiting Manager, at brookdormaier@dwt.com or 206.757.8761.