CareersLaw Students

You’re about to become a lawyer: What kind of lawyer do you want to be?

We are a focused firm looking for recruits who share our passion for the work we do. We seek out students who have experience as innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and business people, or who are simply excited about the prospect of working with startups, venture capital firms and within a practice that can’t be found at traditional biglaw firms.

Law Student Recruiting

Gunderson Dettmer recruits students who we think can and will become partners. As a Summer Associate, we’ll challenge you to think in ways that law school can’t teach and give you work assignments with direct client contact. We strive to make our Summer Program challenging, meaningful and fun by providing hands-on mentoring and substantive experiences. You won’t be stuck doing research projects or as the fifth person on the deal team. You will work with clients who will know your name and you will contribute to actual client work product while working with lawyers in our Corporate, Fund and Licensing, Strategic Partnering and Commercial Transactions practices.

Gunderson Dettmer is a career platform for the problem solvers and business-minded lawyers who work here. We love building futures.

Summer Program 2L Recruiting

We interview at OCI at various law schools and career fairs for our Ann Arbor, Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Diego Summer Programs. If we don't attend OCI at your law school, you can apply for a 2L Summer Associate position online. Applications will reopen next summer for our 2024 Summer Program.

Gunderson Dettmer 1L Diversity Fellowship

Our people are our most valuable resource. Gunderson Dettmer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment in which each employee can excel and thrive. We seek to enrich our firm by recruiting, retaining and promoting lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff from diverse backgrounds, and with wide-ranging experiences. Our efforts help establish an inclusive work environment where all Gunderson employees are respected and appreciated for their unique perspectives and each employee can succeed and flourish. We believe that a workforce comprised of individuals with a broad set of backgrounds, experiences and beliefs who openly and fully engage with each other is essential to advising our clients effectively and providing fresh and innovative legal solutions.

1L Diversity Fellowship

Fellows will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position in our Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles or New York office.  As a 1L Summer Associate, you will participate in various trainings including mock transactional exercises; work with attorneys in our Corporate, Fund and Licensing, Strategic Partnering and Commercial Transaction practices; and attend various social events to get to know your colleagues outside of the office in more relaxed atmosphere. Upon selection as a Fellow, you will be assigned a mentor for the duration of your Fellowship experience. 

In addition to a paid Summer Associate position, Fellows will receive a scholarship of up to $30,000. The award will be paid in three equal installments if you join us as a 1L Diversity Fellow, a 2L Summer Associate and, ultimately, as a full-time first-year Associate. As a 1L Fellow, you will spend one week with a Gunderson Dettmer client, and get to experience what it’s like to work at a fund or venture backed company.

Selection Criteria

Success looks different for everyone, and we believe it should be evaluated holistically. We will consider your demonstrated interest in emerging companies and venture capital; your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; the quality of your personal statement; and your personal, professional, leadership, community and/or academic achievements. In short, we want to get to know you.

Interested 1Ls are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Application Process

The application deadline has been extended to March 7, 2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We understand that first semester grades may not be available until early 2022 and transcripts can be submitted later via email once available. Recipients will be announced in April 2022.

Applications must contain:

  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy will suffice)
  • Graduate transcript(s) (if applicable; unofficial copy will suffice)
  • Law school transcript (once available; unofficial copy will suffice)
  • A personal statement, taking into account your personal, professional and/or academic experience and accomplishments, especially as they relate to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and contributions to your own personal growth or that of others; community service; demonstrated leadership and any other notable experience. In particular, please address the following two questions:
    • Why are you interested in emerging companies and venture capital? (250 words or less)
    • How has your interest in and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion influenced your personal, academic and/or professional goals and accomplishments? (1,000 words or less)

Applications for the 2022 1L Diversity Fellowship are now closed. Applications for 2023 will open later this year. 


If you have any questions related to the Gunderson Dettmer 1L Diversity Fellowship, please contact Colleen McNulty at [email protected].