Hiring and Selection Process

At Stoel Rives we hire the best and the brightest.

Our selection process for the summer program is rigorous as it is our goal is to extend full-time associate offers to successful summer associates.

Our clients look to us for results, so our lawyers are regularly challenged to be trusted advisors and experts in their practices. We embrace lawyers with different backgrounds, talents, interests, and personalities. We particularly value work experience prior to attending law school.

Successful summer associates possess many of these traits:

  • Sound judgment
  • Integrity
  • Drive and initiative
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to self-motivate
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong work ethic

Do you possess these attributes? Are you ready to find a place to put your talents to the test and to start your career? If so, we’re interested in speaking with you!

If Stoel Rives is not visiting your school for on-campus interviews or registered with your school for resume collections this year, you can still apply for a 2L Summer Associate position. Applications outside of OCI will be accepted through August 7, 2017. Read below for more information and to apply directly online for a 2018 2L Summer Associate position.


Second-Year Law Students

2L Diversity Fellowship - Portland: Stoel Rives is committed to fostering diversity within our firm and our communities. To further this goal, we are proud to offer a 2L Diversity Fellowship in our Portland, Oregon office. The Fellow will receive a paid 2L summer associate position and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the 2018 academic year.

Please be prepared to attach the following documents in PDF format when you apply online: one-page personal statement, cover letter, resume, three professional references, undergraduate and law school transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and a legal writing sample (5-10 pages).

Our Summer Associate Program is an integral part of our First-Year Associate hiring process. Our goal is to find highly motivated individuals with excellent academics who share in our commitment to our communities and who are committed to practicing in the regions where we have offices. Law review, work experience, and student activities are important, as well as demonstrated leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, and professionalism. Click here to apply for the 2L Diversity Fellowship - Portland.

2L Summer Associate Positions: Summer Associates will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of assignments, from drafting transactional documents, writing legal research memos, drafting significant portions of briefs, to framing discovery requests, and learning the mechanics of closing deals. Additionally, summer associates will have the opportunity to collaborate on pro bono projects and work on business development initiatives. We offer formal training as well as community service opportunities and social activities. Each summer all of our summer associates gather in Portland for a two day Symposium to learn more about the Firm and to meet their colleagues and attorneys from other offices in a relaxed and fun environment.

For all of our offices that host summer programs, we generally look for summer associates interested in a variety of our practice areas. In addition, we are also looking for summer associates interested in intellectual property, specifically with an electrical and mechanical engineering background and undergraduate degree, in our Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Portland offices.

We are recruiting for Summer Associates in the following offices: Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Sacramento, Minneapolis, and Anchorage. Be sure to apply to each office of interest using the links below, but include your preferred office location in your cover letter.

Be prepared to submit:

  • Cover letter (including your preferred office location; please list one)
  • Current resume
  • Copy of your law transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • Copy of your complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • Writing sample (that has not been significantly edited by others) reflecting your legal analysis abilities (not to exceed ten pages)

Portland - Apply Here
Seattle - Apply Here
Salt Lake City - Apply Here
San Diego - Apply Here
Sacramento - Apply Here
Minneapolis - Apply Here
Anchorage - Apply Here

Please also visit our 2017 On-Campus Interview Calendar to see if we will be recruiting on campus at your school’s OCI. Click here to find Stoel Rives lawyers from your school.


First-Year Law Students

1L Diversity Fellowships: We are proud to offer annual 1L Diversity Fellowships to first-year law students in many of our offices. Recruitment for our 2017 1L Diversity Fellowships is now complete and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in late 2017 for information on next year’s 1L Diversity Fellowship opportunities.


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