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Overview

There is a simple formula for our success: hire outstanding people, develop their potential and support their careers in delivering superb client service. For over 100 years, we’ve used that formula to create an exceptional firm focused on success – for our clients and for everyone who works here.

To learn more about our summer associate program in the navigation to the left. 

We will begin accepting 1L applications for the following 2022 Summer Associate Programs in our Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Seattle offices on November 22, 2021. Candidate materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Students are encouraged to apply no later than 11:59pm CT on January 17, 2022. Click here to apply to our current openings.

Please see below for more information on how to apply to the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association Program for our Costa Mesa office, the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program for our Denver office, and Diversity Lab’s Move the Needle 1L Pipeline Program for our Minneapolis office.

Costa Mesa

  • Thurgood Marshall Bar Association Summer Program
    Dorsey will hire a first year law student with a diverse background through the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (“TMBA”) Summer Associate Program. The TMBA Summer Associate Program is available to first- and second-year students in good standing. Law students from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Application materials will be made available to eligible students through the participating law schools in December. Applications will open on December 13, 2021 and close on January 28, 2022 (please note that priority will be given to applicants who apply by the original January 14, 2022 deadline). For more information on this opportunity,  please visit the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association website. In addition, our Thurgood Marshall Bar Association clerk will also be named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar.

Denver

  • Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program
    Dorsey will hire a 1L clerk through the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program. This program is available to diverse first-year students from the University of Colorado Law School, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and the University of Wyoming College of Law. For more information on this opportunity, please visit the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program website. Application instructions will be made available to eligible students through the participating law schools in December. In addition, our Colorado Pledge to Diversity clerk will also be named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar.

Minneapolis

One of Dorsey’s Minneapolis 1L Summer Associates will also be offered a Dorsey & Whitney 1L Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship will award $10,000 for the 2022-2023 school year to the selected first-year law student with a diverse background. This is the seventeenth year that Dorsey has offered the Diversity Fellowship.

Seattle

Salt Lake City

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If a disability affects your ability to apply by email, please call 612-492-5119 to discuss reasonable accommodations in connection with your application.

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U.S. Summer Associate Program

Dorsey is one of the largest law firms in the United States with approximately 550 attorneys firm-wide. Dorsey has offices across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Asia. The Firm’s largest office is in Minneapolis.

For the 2022 Summer Associate Program, we will host law students who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, intelligence, ambition, maturity, and an interest in Dorsey for the DallasDenver, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Seattle offices.  

Click on the links for more information about each of these great summer programs.

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Why Dorsey?

Dorsey’s lawyers exemplify the Firm’s commitment to colleagues, clients, and community.  Our lawyers’ vibrant personal and professional lives are enhanced by Dorsey’s cutting edge parental leave and flexible workplace policies.  Dorsey’s lawyers and staff work to provide clients a competitive advantage with superb legal skills, practical wisdom and a deep understanding of their business and industry.

Firm Recognitions

Diversity Recruiting Programs

Pro Bono

  • Each summer Dorsey’s summer associates work on challenging and inspiring pro bono projects. 
  • In 2021, 100% of Dorsey’s Summer Associates participated in the pro bono program!
  • Up to 100 hours of pro bono work count towards an attorney’s hours requirement.  
  • In 2020, we provided over 31,000 hours of pro bono legal services to low income individuals and nonprofit organizations.

Training

  • Dorsey U, the Firm’s in house professional development department, facilitates over 600 hours of internal training annually.
  • In their first year at the Firm, new associates at Dorsey attend two New Lawyer Training sessions specifically designed for those new to the Firm or to the legal practice. These sessions bring together new attorneys from across Dorsey’s 19 offices to learn about the Firm as a whole as well as their individual practice areas.
  • Dorsey U programs are taught by our own lawyers and the best outside instructors. We train in our state-of-the-art conference room facilities with technology links to all offices. Programs are digitally recorded, providing a ready archive of just-in-time training.
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP is an Accredited Continuing Legal Education Provider in New York and California. Eligible programs are also regularly accredited in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Washington, and certain other states where Dorsey has offices. To supplement Dorsey U CLE Training, we encourage our lawyers to attend and teach at the best external CLE programs, both locally and nationally, through tuition and travel reimbursement.

New Associates

Dorsey hires new associates directly from law school and following judicial clerkships. Most of our new associates are hired through our summer associate program, but we welcome applications from interested third-year law students or judicial clerks. The firm offers year-for-year credit (up to two years) for federal or highest state court clerkships; credit for other clerkships is determined on a case-by-case basis.

View our current openings

Candidate online application help

If a disability affects your ability to apply by email, please call 612-492-5119 to discuss reasonable accommodations in connection with your application.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP participates in E-Verify.

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