Summer Associate Program

Summer Associate Benefits & Compensation
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite believes in providing superior employee benefits to all our employees. The following is a snapshot of the benefits and compensation you will enjoy as a summer associate at RCA.

  • Reimbursement of certain travel expenses
  • Assistance in obtaining housing
  • Discounted fitness club membership
  • Competitive salary

Detailed summaries of our benefit programs and the plan documents are available through our Executive Director. The language of plan documents take precedence over any summary of the benefits provided to you.

Summer Associate compensation is determined annually. Our salary levels are competitive with those in the Phoenix and Denver markets.

Social Life
In addition to the professional aspects of the Summer Associate Program at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, it is equally important that you have the opportunity to socialize with other summer associates and RCA lawyers.

The firm's Summer Associates participate in various events throughout the summer such as the Maricopa County Bar Association Summer Associate Social, informal dinners at attorneys' homes, cooking classes, brunch, indoor skydiving, golf outings and in-office happy hours. These social experiences allow you to become better acquainted with our attorneys and staff.

Summer Associate Experiences

"My summer experience allowed me to explore numerous practice areas. I was able to work with a variety of attorneys. The social events complemented the collegial environment of the workplace. My mentor provided the support and guidance necessary for me to make the most of my time. I enjoyed working side-by-side with such intelligent and hard-working attorneys. I believe that the summer experience prepared me for future legal study and work as a full-time associate."

Jessica Benford Powell, 2004 & 2005 Summer Associate, Current Senior Counsel

"The Summer Associate Program provided me the opportunity and privilege of learning from and working alongside reputable and experienced attorneys. During the course of my summer experience, I became aware of the core values and principles that Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is built upon while familiarizing myself with the firm’s culture. I was also able to develop particular legal interests as a result of being exposed to a wide variety of practice areas. Ultimately, my experience as a summer associate helped to provide a strong foundation for the beginning of my legal practice."

Holly J. Stewart, 2016 Summer Associate

"My summer with the firm let me work alongside and learn from some of the brightest legal minds in Arizona while giving me the necessary skills to succeed later on as an associate. I got to work in a wide variety of practice areas and had the opportunity to observe a number of different hearings, depositions, and the like. While the legal work was challenging and engaging, I also got to know the firm’s attorneys – associates through senior partners – on a more personal level, which allowed me to understand and experience the firm’s supportive environment. I would recommend the Summer Associate Program to anyone looking for a first-rate, first-hand legal experience."

Robert M. Warzel, 2017 Summer Associate

Contact Us
We would be pleased to review your qualifications. Mail or email us an application packet that includes your personal letter of interest, resume and other supporting materials you believe best display your qualifications.

We will contact you if we are interested in speaking with you about employment. For out-of-state candidates, we routinely conduct initial interviews by videoconference. Please contact us for more information on our Summer Associate Program.

Jason L. Cassidy, Chair of Summer Associate Program 
602.440.4812 |