Summer Associates

Many of our lawyers have joined the firm through our summer associate program. Summer associates at HCMP become an integral part of the firm during their time with us, working with attorneys in each of the firm's practice areas. A member of the firm's Hiring Committee acts as the Summer Associate Coordinator and oversees the assignment of individual projects. We make every effort to accommodate practice area interests expressed by our summer associates, keeping in mind the available projects and the needs of each practice group.

Position Overview

The goal of the HCMP Summer Associate program is to recruit law students to join the firm as associates after they graduate. To achieve that goal, the firm asks its summer associates to work with lawyers across various practice groups so that the summer associates develop an understanding of what our firm’s lawyers do. Typical projects might involve:

  • Performing legal research and analysis
  • Drafting memoranda, transactional documents, pleadings, or other documents
  • Attending meetings, hearings, or other matter-related events, and
  • Performing other tasks to help lawyers achieve client goals.

The firm gathers feedback on every project summer associates complete. To help our summer associates become acquainted with the firm’s lawyers and other business professionals—and vice versa—we host a series of social events throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, we evaluate each summer associate’s overall performance with the goal of making offers to join the firm after graduation.

Application Process

Our 2025 2L Summer Associate Program application process is open June 10-July 12, 2024. To apply, please submit the following documents to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts (unofficial OK)
  • Writing sample
  • List of three references

Compensation, Hybrid Work & Other Benefits

The salary for this role is $3,000 per week.

This position is eligible for hybrid work. Summer associates are encouraged to work in the office as frequently as possible to build relationships and gain the greatest exposure to our firm and practices.

HCMP is pleased to offer the following benefits to summer associates:

  • Commuter expense assistance for mass transit and parking
  • Paid sick leave in accordance with Seattle Paid Sick & Safe Time
  • Paid firm holidays in accordance with the HCMP holiday schedule
  • Eligibility to contribute to the firm's 401(k) plan

Our firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, military service obligations, veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests

Applicants with disabilities may contact HCMP Human Resources by telephone, fax, e-mail, mail or other means to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Human Resources at 206-623-1745 (main), 206-623-7789 (fax), or