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Summer Associates

All Summer Associate positions for 2021 have been filled. 

Ryan Swanson’s Summer Associate Program

Ryan Swanson’s summer associate program gives 2L law students firsthand experience working as an associate and, eventually, a member of Ryan Swanson.

We look to hire bright, motivated, and well-rounded law students with skills in line with the firm’s goals. The firm prides itself on involving its summer associates in work assignments that are challenging, substantive, reflect the realities of practicing law, and provide value both to the summer associate and to the client.

The Process

We interview and hire second-year law students and consider a variety of factors in the selection process:

  • academic record
  • involvement in journals and/or moot court
  • work and leadership experience
  • law school activities
  • community involvement
  • commitment to the Seattle area
  • a wide range of interests

The hiring process for the following year’s summer associates begins in the summer and generally ends by October. Ryan Swanson participates in the On Campus Interview (“OCI”) programs at the University of Washington School of Law and the Seattle University School of Law. Applications from students attending law schools in other states are considered. When candidates receive and accept an invitation to interview with the firm, they typically meet with three to five attorneys on the firm’s Hiring Committee.

About Us

Ryan Swanson is a leader in providing legal counsel and representation for Pacific Northwest businesses of all kinds; small, large, privately held, public, domestic, or international. We approach issues with a mix of creative problem solving and a common-sense approach to deliver sound, cost-effective solutions.

Since 1897, Ryan Swanson has been committed to exceptional representation of clients and today our attorneys and staff remain dedicated to that commitment This dedication, together with our unique skills and backgrounds, enables the firm to handle sophisticated transactions and complex multi-party lawsuits without sacrificing personal attention.

Working with Us

Our summer associates enjoy challenging, diverse assignments and the opportunity to work in a variety of practice areas. As part of the program, summer associates develop their legal skills by researching and drafting memoranda, pleadings and briefs, corporate documents, and letters to clients. To gain practical experience, summer associates also may attend depositions, mediations, hearings, closings, client meetings, trials, or other business activities. Summer associates are included in firm activities, associate meetings, practice group meetings, and training sessions.

Our attorneys provide a well-rounded learning experience and feedback throughout the summer to aid in the summer associates’ professional development.

Summer associates receive a salary competitive with similar firms in Seattle.

Social Activities

The firm plans a number of social and cultural events throughout the summer to help summer associates develop relationships within the firm. We strive to make social events fun, relaxed, and informal.

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