Smith Anderson is looking for first-year JD students to join its 2024 Summer Associate Program. Our single office location is by design and enables a culture of collaboration, strategy, and cohesiveness that supports our team members. The ideal candidates enjoy new challenges and responsibilities, work best as part of a team, want to work in a cohesive and familial environment where they will be supported and encouraged at all steps of their personal and professional development, and are interested in pursuing their career as a lawyer in the Raleigh area.

To be considered, a candidate must have excellent academic credentials and attend an ABA-accredited law school. Please apply and upload a cover letter, résumé and law school transcript. Due to the volume of résumés we receive, we regret that we are unable to respond to inquiries as to the status of your application. You will receive an email confirming your application has been submitted properly, and we will contact you if we have any questions or if we wish to pursue your candidacy. Additionally, if you are able to apply through on-campus interviews, we encourage you to apply through that process.

We recognize that we play a pivotal role as a voice of change and influence in the legal profession and the community, and we are proud that Smith Anderson's D&I initiatives have been publicly recognized. Smith Anderson has achieved Mansfield Certified Plus status for its actions to diversify leadership, recruit, hire and retain attorneys from underrepresented groups in the legal profession and for ensuring diverse lawyers are considered for new business efforts. Smith Anderson is one of two North Carolina law firms that achieved the 2023 Midsize Mansfield Certification and the only firm in the state to receive 2023 Midsize Mansfield Certified Plus status ( The Triangle Business Journal named Smith Anderson one of its 2022 Leaders in Diversity award winners, named Management Committee Chair Amy Batten to its 2022 class of Women in Business and, most recently, named Sharita Whitaker, Diversity Committee Co-Chair, to its 2023 class of Women in Business. We received the Aspire Award from Lawyers of Colors in 2023, and consulting firm The Diversity Movement honored Smith Anderson in 2022 as one of five East Coast law firms that "do it right" in leading and advancing diversity and inclusion, not just in the legal industry, but throughout the community. In 2021, we received the Wake County Bar Association's inaugural Equity Champion award and the Diversity & Inclusion award from North Carolina and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Visit our Diversity & Inclusion page to learn more about how Smith Anderson demonstrates its commitment through measurable actions, and read our statement on racial injustice. Please visit us at to learn more.

Additionally, Smith Anderson was named a 2023 “Best Place to Work” ( the Triangle Business Journal for the fourth year in row. The award recognizes the most admired workplaces in the region and is measured by employee feedback about the direction of the business, management effectiveness, level of employee engagement, culture, work/life balance, pay and benefits. Business North Carolina magazine has selected Smith Anderson, the largest business and litigation law firm headquartered in the Research Triangle region, as one of North Carolina's Best Employers ( The program recognizes the state's best places to work with the awards program for North Carolina companies that are taking steps to build positive, enduring cultures.

This job description is intended to provide general information about the position and is not intended as a complete list of all job duties nor an employment contract. As with all positions, the responsibilities, duties, and requirements of this job may change at any time with or without notice.