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Let’s start something.

As a firm, we share a commitment to finding and growing top legal talent. Our summer associate program, with its 8-week in-firm rotation and 4-week pro bono fellowship, give high-achieving law students an opportunity to work side-by-side with our attorneys, begin to develop their legal skills, and gain insight into what their post-graduation careers could look like.

Summer associate program

Our summer program is highly organized, extremely supportive, and individually tailored to each student’s needs.



One-on-one mentoring

Each summer associate is assigned a mentor who provides guidance to the summer associate as he or she moves through the program. Mentors answer questions, provide guidance, and support our summer associates’ integration within the firm.

Meaningful work experience

As a summer associate, you’ll rotate through the firm’s practice groups and become an integral part of real-life client matters. You will do research and writing projects related to real issues that face our clients in real time. Each practice group you work with will have a workflow coordinator responsible for making sure that your assignments are engaging and designed to contribute to your professional development. You may observe or assist with:

  • Real estate closings
  • Trials
  • Mediations and arbitrations
  • Hearings
  • Depositions
  • Negotiations
  • Client meetings
Constructive feedback

Thoughtful, constructive feedback is an integral part of career growth—so we provide a lot of it. As a summer associate, you’ll receive substantive one-on-one feedback from our summer program coordinator, who oversees the entire program. You’ll also receive direct feedback from the attorneys who generate assignments. Additionally, the chair of the program will provide a comprehensive mid- and end-of- summer formal evaluation.

A chance to enjoy the best of Northern New England

From sailing adventures, visits to Casco Bay’s islands, and attendance at Portland, Maine’s and Manchester, New Hampshire’s Triple-A baseball team games to museum visits and informal barbeques, summer associates have many opportunities to unwind, connect with colleagues, and get to know our communities in an informal setting.

Pro bono fellowship

We take pride in our community roots and seek out attorneys who are socially engaged and civic-minded. In addition to donating over 2,000 hours a year to pro bono causes, we’ve made a commitment to inspire up-and-coming attorneys to incorporate regular pro bono work into their practices. The Bernstein Shur Pro Bono Fellowship extends the standard 10-week summer associate program by two weeks to create a 12-week program, four weeks of which are spent working in-house with a legal-service provider of the student’s choice. The program, which is the only of its kind in New England, was created to enhance our summer associate program and expand our pro bono work in the community. At Bernstein Shur, pro bono work is about more than civic responsibility or a sense of duty. It is a way of life and a fundamental part of the firm’s culture.

Join us this summer

We accept applications for our summer associate program from law students all over the country.

Thank you for your interest in Bernstein Shur. We have completed our application process for our 2016 Summer Associate Program and have filled all of our available positions.


Don’t see the right opportunity yet? 
Email your resume to :

Joan M. Fortin, Esq.
 207 774-1200

All inquiries held in strictest confidence.

We conduct on campus interviews at the following schools:

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Vermont Law School
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Boston College Law School
  • Boston University School of Law
  • The George Washington Law School

We also participate in the New England Interview Program.


There’s a lot of room to grow here.

Meet a few graduates of our summer program:

Patrick J. Scully, CEO
Joan Fortin, Shareholder and Director of Attorney Recruiting
Jim Keenan, Shareholder and Director
Asha Echeverria
Shoshana Cook Mueller
Eben Albert
Joel Moser
Meredith Eilers
Beth Smith
Ari Solotoff