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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.

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We are accepting 2L applications for our 2020 Summer Associate Program in our Seattle office. Our 2L hiring processes for our Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City offices are now complete.

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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 2020 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.  

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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 2018, 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 2018 we provided over 35,000 hours of pro bono legal services to low income individuals and nonprofit organizations.


  • 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.

London Trainee Solicitor Program

Applications for 2020 training contracts will be accepted until 31 July 2019.  Please send a covering letter and CV to Michael Cashman (cashman.michael, the Training Supervisor.

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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