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Thank you for your interest in Bernstein Shur’s 2022 Summer Associate Program for second year law students. We have completed hiring for our 2022 2L Summer Associate Program, but we will be providing more information soon about 1L applications for the 2022 Diversity 1L Program. In summer 2022 we will begin collecting applications for our 2023 Summer Associate Program and more information about the deadlines will be posted in late spring 2022.

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, gives high-achieving law students who have completed their second year of law school 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.

D1L Maine Diversity Summer Associate Program

[The application period for our 2021 D1L Summer Program has closed, but we will post updated information about our 2022 D1L Summer Program in the fall of 2021.] 

As a part of our organizations’ shared commitment to diversity and inclusion, Bernstein Shur, Pierce Atwood, Verrill, Jackson Laboratory, Preti Flaherty, Brann & Isaacson and WEX are jointly seeking 1L students who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion to apply as a ten-week Maine Diversity Summer Associate, assigned to one of our offices in Portland, Lewiston or Bar Harbor, Maine. We see individual differences, including but not limited to, 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.

About the 10-week program

Our goal is to provide a meaningful private law firm work experience to students who have completed one year of law school and who will contribute to the diversity and inclusion efforts of our firms and the Maine legal community. Candidates must have an excellent academic record, exceptional writing ability, strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated self-confidence. The program will run from June 1 to August 6, 2021. This is a paid position.

When to apply

Applications will open on December 14, 2020. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a brief personal statement concerning their commitment to diversity and inclusion and/or why they believe diversity and inclusion are important in the legal profession via the red APPLY button on the website on or after that date.

We will receive applications on a rolling basis until January 29, 2021.

We are equal employment opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. To learn more about the Maine Diversity Summer Associate program or to apply, please visit


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. All summer associates do one rotation with our Business Law Practice Group, but we allow summer associates to choose their remaining 2-week rotations based on their personal interests. 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.

We can help place you with a non-profit organization at one of the providers we usually work with such as Pine Tree Legal Assistance Program, ILAP, ACLU of Maine or the Conservation Law Foundation, or you can choose to do your pro bono rotation with a non-profit organization of your choice. Pro Bono rotations are usually based in Portland, Maine but exceptions can be made to include Manchester, New Hampshire.

While in your four-week pro bono rotation you will still participate in firm events and will continue to be paid by the firm during your rotation.

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

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

Lindsay Leone, Hiring Partner 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

There’s a lot of room to grow here.

Meet a few graduates of our summer program (there are many more):

Joan Fortin, Chief Executive Officer
Jim Keenan, Shareholder
Asha Echeverria, Shareholder
Shoshana Cook Mueller, Shareholder
Eben Albert, Shareholder
Joel Moser, Shareholder
Beth Smith, Associate