Summer Associates

Note: We are not currently hiring.

**NOTE: Our 2022 summer program is full and we are no longer accepting any applications**

At Ricketts Case, we believe that you learn best by doing things yourself, not by watching others do them for you. Thus, we seek out smart, dedicated, and resourceful law students interested in gaining hands-on experience to fill our summer program. Our goal during the summer is to give you a realistic glimpse of what it is like to practice at Ricketts Case by providing an opportunity to work side-by-side on a variety of client matters with all of the firm’s attorneys. To this end, there is no “make-work” for our summer associates—you will perform the tasks of first-year associates and we will provide you with training, mentoring, and feedback. Because we focus on doing, our summer associates go to court, depositions, investigations, and client meetings with our attorneys so that they can experience firsthand the actual practice of law.

This is not to suggest that we are all work and no play at Ricketts Case. Each summer we plan several events to make sure that our summer associates get to know our attorneys on a personal level. We typically try to align our social events with the particular interests of the summer associates and lawyers, but past summer events have included sailing on the Bay, hiking the Marin headlands, a murder mystery dinner, and attending baseball games, lunches, and cocktail parties.

Nuts and Bolts

Q.  What is Ricketts Case’s hiring criteria?

We look for a strong academic record and excellent writing and communication/interpersonal skills. 

Q.  How long is the summer program?

Our summer program runs for approximately 9 weeks with flexible start and end dates depending on the summer associate’s school schedule.

Q.  Does Ricketts Case hire from the summer program?

Because we are a small firm, our hiring is need-specific. That said, we have offered full-time employment from the summer program and we have also invited 1L’s back for a second summer.

Q.  When are applications considered and hiring decisions made?

We accept application materials beginning in September on a rolling basis until our program is full. Hiring decisions are also made on a rolling basis until the program is full; however, our goal is to have a complete summer program by early March.

Q.  Which Ricketts Case offices have summer programs?

Currently, Ricketts Case offers summer programs in San Francisco and Phoenix. However, our summer associates work with all lawyers in all offices throughout the summer and all lawyers from all offices attend summer events.

Q.  How do I apply?

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, transcript, and writing sample to

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