Job Description

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is accepting applications for our 2L Patent Prosecution Summer Associate in the Seattle office.

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 Associates Program is rich with activities and trainings designed to integrate you into the fabric of the firm. To learn more, review our Summer Associate FAQs on the website. 

Our 2L Patent Prosecution Summer Associate position is open to second-year law students who:
  • Commit to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive legal profession; 
  • Take an entrepreneurial approach to their work and career; 
  • Excel in written and oral communication, research, and analysis; 
  • Prioritize collaboration, effective use of time, and professional responsibility; 
  • Bring creativity and unique ideas to their work; 
  • Are committed to practicing in Seattle after law school; 
  • Have a technical background and an interest in patent prosecution; and  
  • Are patent bar eligible with an electrical engineering, mathematics, or computer science background (electrical and/or software engineering experience in the software industry is a plus). 
Please have the following documents ready to upload for your application:     
  • Current resume 
  • Cover letter (please indicate your connection to Seattle in the letter and address to Sandra Morriss, Manager, Law Student Talent Acquisition) 
  • Legal writing sample, not heavily edited by a third party (generally 5-10 pages)  
  • List of three references (one of whom is qualified to comment on your law school work) 
  • Complete undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)  
  • Complete graduate transcripts, if applicable (unofficial copies are acceptable) 
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) 

    Emailed applications cannot be accepted. Application review and interviews may be conducted on a rolling basis. 

    The weekly salary for this position in Washington is $3,450. Summer Associates are eligible to accrue sick leave in accordance with DWT’s Sick & Safe Leave policy. Summer Associates working in the Seattle office are eligible to receive an ORCA card that allows for unlimited rides on regular bus routes, regional rail and water taxi at a cost of $25 per month pretax (deducted from paycheck); with the ability to add a ferry pass for a cost of $50 per month.  

    We are an AmLaw 100 law firm with ten offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them. 
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. 

    We are committed to creating and cultivating a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws. 

     Davis Wright Tremaine provides reasonable accommodations for those who need them to complete the application or recruiting process and for employees who need reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their positions due to a disability or for religious reasons. If you need to request accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please email 


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