Perkins Coie's summer associate program provides varied work and training opportunities as well as social events designed to promote interaction among summer associates, attorneys and staff.

Our summer associate program is our primary source of new associate hires. We principally recruit second-year law students and occasionally hire pre-clerkship third-year law students for our domestic offices.

The associate's journey at Perkins Coie begins with an extensive orientation, training, and mentorship program designed to integrate new associates into our firm and instill in them our values. Training is often hands-on: unlike many large law firms, we expect our associates to accept significant responsibility early in their law firm careers. We are not highly leveraged, which means that associates receive significant direct client and partner contact and many opportunities to assume leadership roles within the firm.


$25,000 2L Diversity Fellowship

As part of the firm’s 2023 summer program and in support of our recruitment goals, Perkins Coie is pleased to offer a $25,000 fellowship to historically underrepresented 2L students. This program is an extension of our longstanding 1L Diversity Fellows program. Students of color, students who identify as LGBTQ+ and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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Life as a Summer Associate

Summer associates work on a wide range of challenging legal assignments similar to those given to new associates, which typically include legal research, analysis and drafting.

Summer associates work on a wide range of challenging legal assignments similar to those given to new associates, which typically include legal research, analysis and drafting. Summer associates are commonly invited to attend depositions, mediations, deal closings, client meetings, trials, and other professional activities and events. They are welcome and encouraged to work on pro bono projects. Perkins Coie seeks summer associates who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership in and service to the community, and dedication to excellence in the legal profession. All candidates must be enrolled in and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school.

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Top Ranked Law Firm in Vault

Perkins Coie has been listed in the Vault Top 100 for 14 consecutive years, moving up again this year. Read our Vault profile here.

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One Firm Culture

Among the factors contributing to Perkins Coie's success are a strong emphasis on service that starts at the top of the firm and permeates throughout, and a collegial culture that emphasizes collaboration in support of client needs. We have created a firm culture that is based on core values, including mutual respect and cooperation, and a commitment to serving our clients. In recognition of this, we have been named among Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for 20 consecutive years, from 2003 to 2022.

We aim to be the most trusted advisor to the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders, accomplishing this through a "one firm" culture that reflects a deep dedication to our clients, our communities, and each other. We expect that our associates will collaborate across practices and offices to provide our clients the best possible legal services. 

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The interviewing season for second-year law students can be daunting and we want to help you navigate it successfully. Our panel of partners and recruiting professionals shared their tips and suggestions with a particular focus on preparing for interviews—both OCI and callback interviews—and then navigating those interviews and the post-interview process. 

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Preparing for the Future