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Dunn Carney offers Summer Associates the opportunity to work closely with a range of attorneys in varied practice areas, seek out projects of interest and learn the importance of the client’s perspective.

We treat our Summer Associates as first-year attorneys, entrusting them with meaningful client work under attorney supervision and including them in all social events throughout the summer. 

This collaborative environment has been energizing. You’re empowered to set your own course.


Summer Associate Program at Dunn Carney

  • Hands-on work experience
  • Opportunities for direct client interaction
  • Strong mentor-mentee relationships
  • Opportunities for pro bono work
  • Participation in firm networking events and activities
  • Opportunities to observe depositions, client meetings, and hearings
  • A collegial environment

For decades, Dunn Carney has invited law students to complement their legal education with legal experience. Managing Partner Jon Bennett first came to the firm as a summer associate, as did partners Heather Guthrie, Tim Hering, Eric Kekel, Elizabeth Knight and Sam Smith, and associates Natalie Stack and Lauren Russell.

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How to Apply

Summer associates are primarily hired through On Campus Interview programs at Oregon and Washington law schools every August. However, other qualified second-year law students can apply by:

Submitting a cover letter, resumé, transcripts and writing sample. We request that you submit your materials in a .doc or .pdf file format to

The application period for 2019 Summer Associates will close August 31, 2018.