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!

Second-Year Law Students

2L Summer Associates: 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.

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, the Portland, Seattle, and Salt Lake City offices will also seek 2L patent summer associates for 2019. We will consider candidates with an interest in intellectual property who have a background or undergraduate degree in electrical, mechanical, or computer science engineering. Specifically for Seattle and Salt Lake City, we are also looking for candidates with biochemistry or chemistry backgrounds.

The application period for our 2019 Summer Associate program is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

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)

2L Diversity Fellowship: 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 $10,000 tuition scholarship for the 2019 academic year.

Please be prepared to attach the following documents in PDF format when you apply online: personal statement (not to exceed 3 pages), cover letter, resume, three professional references, undergraduate and law school transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and a legal writing sample (5-10 pages). If your law school transcript is not available at the time you apply, please supplement your application when it becomes available by using the link in the email receipt of your application.

The application period for our 2019 Diversity Fellowship is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

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 2018 1L Diversity Fellowships is now complete and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in late 2018 for information on next year’s 1L Diversity Fellowship opportunities.

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