Job Description

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is accepting applications for our 2L Patent Prosecution Scholarship in the Seattle office. The scholarship recipient will work in a paid summer associate position with our Patent Prosecution team and receive $15,000 scholarship for their third year tuition and expenses. 

Your Journey Starts Here
We want future colleagues who spend their summers with us to get the full experience of working at DWT. That includes doing complex work for market-leading clients alongside colleagues who care about your interests and who have expertise and insight that can help you learn how to build a practice. It also means joining a community that values excellent work and client service, teamwork, fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, giving back to our communities, and leading rich personal lives outside the office.

So, what does that actually look like? It’s doing everything from drafting motions and contracts to assisting with pro bono matters to preparing for and attending client meetings, depositions, negotiations, and trials. It’s getting legal and skills training from our practice and industry groups and being paired with mentors based on your particular goals and interests. And it’s getting to know your colleagues at work and beyond, through affinity groups, events like our Summer Associate retreat, and countless conversations over lunch and coffee.

By the end of the summer, you’ll know what it’s like to be a first-year associate at DWT-and a member of our community. Come join us!

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)*

*If your transcript is not currently available, please submit your application without it. You will receive a follow-up email with a link and instructions for submitting it online.

2L Summer Associate opportunities open on May 15th. Application review is conducted on a rolling basis and we highly recommend applying as early as you are able. Submissions received before Sunday, July 28, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PT will receive preference but positions will remain listed on our website until they are filled. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see available positions. Click on the "View details" text to access the position listing and application submission site. Emailed applications cannot be accepted. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of Davis Wright Tremaine - central to who we are and what we do. Our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals - including those who are from traditionally underrepresented communities in the legal profession - can have, and can see, a path to success.  We embed DEI throughout our law firm with our four-pillar framework: Community, Growth, Education, and Engagement.  We invite you to learn more about our commitment to DEI at

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
The weekly salary for this position in Washington is $3,942. 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.

Application Instructions

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