Join Maine’s legal community and other first-year law students in this first-of-its-kind initiative, the Maine Diversity Summer Associate Program.

About the Program

As a part of their shared commitment to diversity and inclusion, law firms Bernstein Shur, Pierce Atwood, and Verrill are jointly seeking first-year law students (1Ls) who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession to apply as a ten-week Maine Diversity Summer Associate in one of the three firm offices, all located in Portland, Maine.

Portland Maine

Who Should Apply?

First-year law students attending law school anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply.

Candidates must have an excellent academic record, exceptional writing ability, strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated self-confidence.

We see individual differences in race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability as critically important components to providing outstanding client service and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff.

All participating firms are equal employment opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration.

How to Apply

Applications will open on December 15, 2019 and will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 3, 2020.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a writing sample of no longer than 10 pages.


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Note: Interviews will be conducted in February 2020 and offers will go out in or before March 2020.

Portland Maine

What Accepted Students Can Expect

Six 1L students will each receive a job offer from one of the three participating law firms and be hired into the program, a ten-week paid internship, from May 26, 2020 to July 31, 2020. Students accepted to the program will have the opportunity to experience legal practice and life in Maine, participate in professional development programs, and build their social and business networks within the firm and the larger legal community.

Please click here for the complete job description.

Participating Firms

Bernstein Shur logo Pierce Atwood logo Verrill logo

The program is expected to expand in the future to include additional law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofits, and other legal service providers.

Please direct any questions regarding how your organization can participate in next year’s program to Jennifer Hebert at or 207-780-4343.

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