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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 2023 Summer Associate Programs in our Costa Mesa, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Seattle offices on November 21, 2022. 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 16, 2023. Click here to apply to our current openings.

Please see below for more information on how to apply to the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program for our Denver office.

Costa Mesa
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

  • One first-year law student will be selected to join our 2023 Summer Associate Program as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar. Law students from historically underrepresented communities in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Denver
Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program

  • One first-year law student will be selected to join the 2023 Summer Associate Program through the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program. Law students from the University of Colorado Law School, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Wyoming College of Law who belong to historically underrepresented communities in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. 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 hired through the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship or the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program will be offered the Dorsey & Whitney 1L Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship will award $10,000 for the 2023-2024 school year to the selected first-year law student with a diverse background. Recipients who return to Dorsey for the summer following their second year of law school will receive an additional $10,000 for the 2024-2025 school year, and an additional $10,000 if they join the firm as an associate. This is the eighteenth year that Dorsey has offered the Diversity Fellowship.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship

  • Four first-year students will be selected to join our 2023 Summer Associate Program and spend seven weeks at Dorsey and three weeks working at an in-house legal department at Prime Therapeutics, UnitedHealth Group, US Bank or Xcel Energy. Law students from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. In addition, our Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1Ls will also be named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

  • One first-year law student will be selected to join our 2023 Summer Associate Program and spend seven weeks at Dorsey and three weeks working at the in-house legal department of RBC Wealth Management. Law students from historically underrepresented communities in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Phoenix
1L Summer Associate

  • The Phoenix office is seeking first-year law students who have strong interpersonal skills; ambition; and diverse perspectives, experiences and interests to join the 2023 summer associate program.

Salt Lake City
Dorsey & Whitney 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • This fellowship will award $10,000 for the 2023-2024 school year to the selected first-year law student with a diverse background. Recipients who return to Dorsey for the summer following their second year of law school will receive an additional $10,000 for the 2024-2025 school year, and an additional $10,000 if they join the firm as an associate. This is the eighteenth year that Dorsey has offered the Diversity Fellowship. In addition, the Diversity Fellowship recipient will also be named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

  • One first-year law student will be selected to join our 2023 Summer Associate Program as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar. Law students from historically underrepresented communities in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Seattle
Dorsey & Whitney 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • This fellowship will award $10,000 for the 2023-2024 school year to the selected first-year law student with a diverse background. Recipients who return to Dorsey for the summer following their second year of law school will receive an additional $10,000 for the 2024-2025 school year, and an additional $10,000 if they join the firm as an associate. This is the eighteenth year that Dorsey has offered the Diversity Fellowship. In addition, the Diversity Fellowship recipient will also be named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar.

Patent Summer Associate

  • The Seattle office is seeking first-year law students who have strong interpersonal skills; ambition; and diverse perspectives, experiences and interests to join the 2023 summer associate program. This student will support Dorsey’s Patent practice. An undergraduate degree and background in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field is required.

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Dorsey is committed to providing disability and religious-based reasonable accommodations. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application and hiring process, or if you have questions about a workplace reasonable accommodation, please contact us at 612-492-5033. Dorsey & Whitney LLP participates in E-Verify.

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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 firmwide. Dorsey has offices across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Asia. The Firm’s largest office is in Minneapolis.

For the 2023 Summer Associate Program, we will host law students who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, intelligence, ambition, maturity, and an interest in Dorsey. Click on the links below for more information about each of these great summer programs.

We will begin accepting 1L applications for the 2023 Summer Associate Program on November 21, 2022. 

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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.

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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.

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