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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. 

“A lot of firms say they have an open-door policy. At Dunn Carney you really do.”

2018 SUMMER ASSOCIATE (Hired as 2019 Dunn Carney Associate)

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, Kenneth Davis and Sam Smith, and associates Natalie Stack, Lauren Russell, and Connor Bottomly.

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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Dunn Carney. We are currently accepting applications for our 2020 Summer Associate program.  Please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample to HR Director Donna Moser, at  The application deadline for the 2020 Summer Associate program is July 31, 2019. Students with strong work experience, proven academic performance and a commitment to Portland are encouraged to apply. Thank you in advance for your interest in our program.