Organizations within the legal community have provided information regarding diversity programs, initiatives and events. To have your organization's information included here, send a short description via email with the subject line "Diversity Information" to Lisa Quirk, email@example.com.
PROSKAUER SILVER SCHOLAR PROGRAM
The Silver Scholar Program is an award initiative designed to increase diversity within our firm and the legal profession. The award is named after Edward Silver, the first elected Chairman of Proskauer and a premier labor lawyer of his time. The program reflects and is an outgrowth of Ed's lifelong commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.
Description of Program
The selected student will receive a summer associate position at Proskauer and be eligible for a cash award of up to $30,000 payable in installments. First and second-year law students can apply. Currently we are accepting applications for rising 2L students.
To receive the entire award, the student must:
To receive the entire award, the student must:
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
The online application process will ask for the following materials:
In addition to the above materials, the applicant may submit or the selection committee may request a recommendation letter in support of the application. Please note that the entire application must be completed in order to qualify. Students selected for further consideration will be asked to meet with members of our selection committee.
All applications must be submitted by September 1, 2015 for rising 2L applicants.
To complete an application, please click here.
If you have any additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reed Smith LLP 2015 Diverse Scholars Program
At Reed Smith, our Core Values - Integrity, Quality, Teamwork & Respect, Performance, and Innovation & Improvement - support our vision and drive our success. Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative embodies each of these core values as we believe that diversity at all levels is a true sign of a successful enterprise.
Accordingly, we are proud to offer Reed Smith’s 2015 Diverse Scholars Program. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $20,000 awards to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to her/his legal education for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application (2015 Diverse Scholars Application), a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample to: DiverseScholars@reedsmith.com.
Summer associate positions in 2016 are available in: Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C. Applications must be submitted on or before July 20, 2015.
Students may also visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com.
2015 PATTERSON BELKNAP WEBB & TYLER LLP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP FOR JUDICIAL CLERKS
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP believes that a workforce made up of people from diverse social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds results in a dynamic and supportive workplace for our attorneys and staff and enhances our ability to provide the highest-quality representation for and service to our clients. As part of our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession, we are pleased to offer the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship to a current judicial law clerk planning to start practicing at the Firm as an associate in the Fall of 2015. In addition to our standard clerkship bonus, the Fellowship includes:
If you are interested in applying for the Diversity Fellowship, please send a cover letter indicating your interest in applying along with a resume and law school transcript to Robin Klum, Director of Professional Development and Legal Recruiting. Our clerk recruiting season will begin January 1.
K&L GATES LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ON LEGAL DIVERSITY (LCLD) 1L SCHOLARS PROGRAM
As a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), we are excited to be a part of the 2015 LCLD 1L Scholars Program. The LCLD 1L Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. It provides 1L students with valuable professional experiences while introducing them to the value of relationships and building networks with LCLD Member organizations.
To formally apply, please submit the following materials starting on December 1, 2014:
To be considered in Charleston, click here.
To be considered in Chicago (IP candidates only), click here.
To be considered in Dallas, click here.
To be considered in Orange County, click here.
To be considered in Seattle, click here.
The selected LCLD 1L Scholar will receive real-life experience on a broad range of projects typically seen by junior associates including research and writing assignments, accompanying our lawyers to court appearances, client meetings, and other key events. The LCLD 1L Scholar will also be awarded a paid 2015 1L summer associate position in Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Orange County, and Seattle.
Most questions regarding this Program are answered in the FAQs on our website. To request additional information or for questions, please contact:
Firmwide Associate Director of Legal Recruitment and Development
Direct: + 1.704.331.5735
Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Direct: + 1.202.778.9454
K&L GATES 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Our lawyers come from a variety of backgrounds, each dedicated to serving a diverse community. We're committed to promoting diversity within our firm as well as the legal profession as a whole -- and that's why we're proud to sponsor the K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship for one first-year law student in our Seattle office.
To formally apply, please click here and submit the following materials online by midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on January 15, 2015:
The Seattle office will announce the 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient in mid-February 2015.
Most questions regarding this Fellowship are answered in the FAQs on our website. To request additional information, or to address any other questions, please contact:
Legal Recruiting and Professional Development Assistant
Direct: + 1.206.370.5760
FOSTER PEPPER 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP SUMMER 2015
In an effort to further Foster Pepper’s commitment to diversity, we have established the 1L Diversity Fellowship, which provides the summer associate recipient with a paid position in our Seattle office, plus a $7,500 academic scholarship to be applied toward tuition for the 2015- 2016 academic year.
Any individual with a diverse background who:
Eligible Applicants Should Submit the Following Materials:
Foster Pepper seeks strong lawyers with diverse backgrounds. We believe that diversity enriches our workplace and enhances our ability to serve our clients. We are committed to continuing that mission by:
January 16, 2015 -Submission Deadline. Foster Pepper must receive all application materials by this date.
Late January/Early February, 2015 - Interviews with Semi-Finalists at Foster Pepper (we will arrange and pay for semi-finalists’ travel to our Seattle office for interviews).
Week of February 9, 2015 - Fellowship recipient announced (consistent with NALP rules, Fellowship offer shall remain open for 14 days after the date offer is extended.)
Please submit your application materials to:
Manager, Attorney Recruitment & Professional Development
Foster Pepper PLLC
1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101
KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN 2015 LCLD SCHOLAR
The Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC offices of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP are seeking 1L applicants for the 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholar Program beginning December 1, 2014.
The 1L LCLD Scholars will receive challenging work assignments, participate in various summer associate events and have the opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to work at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Additionally, our LCLD Scholars will have numerous networking and mentoring opportunities organized by the LCLD, as well as the opportunity to attend the LCLD Scholars Retreat.
We are seeking students who have strong organizational and writing skills, and possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
The application deadline is March 13, 2015. Please note, our hiring process is a rolling process and spots will be filled accordingly.
All applications must include:
For the Chicago Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.
For the Los Angeles Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.
For the New York Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.
For the Washington D.C. Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.
FISH & RICHARDSON 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
As a firm that serves the world’s greatest visionaries, Fish & Richardson knows innovation often results from seeing the world in a different way. We recognize that diverse background provide unique perspectives that result in new and better solutions. Diversity is an integral part of who we are as a firm and we strive to promote a creative, respectful and inclusive culture that values the diversity of people, experiences, perspectives, capabilities and talents and allows ingenuity to thrive. As a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession, Fish is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2015.
The Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program offers fellowships to diverse first year law students and is comprised of four components:
Eligible candidates must:
Fish will accept applications for the 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program from December 1, 2014, through January 9, 2015. To apply, please submit the following materials in a single PDF via e-mail to Fellowship@fr.com:
To access an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found in the Fellowship FAQ.
For questions and inquiries regarding the Fellowship, please contact Rhonda Grayson, Manager of Diversity at Fellowship@fr.com.
Fish & Richardson is a global law firm dedicated to intellectual property, litigation, and technology law. Founded in 1878, Fish is recognized as a world leader in intellectual property, and has more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in 11 offices in the United States and Europe. Please visit www.fr.com to learn more about Fish.
WilmerHale and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Partner to Honor the Late John A. Payton
John A. Payton Summer Associate Fellowship to be extended to 2015 WilmerHale summer associates
John A. Payton was the sixth President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation’s preeminent civil rights and racial justice law firm. Prior to joining LDF, Mr. Payton was a Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and, later, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) for a combined total of 27 years. A brilliant litigator, Mr. Payton dedicated his life to justice, equality and opportunity until he died suddenly on March 22, 2012 after a brief illness. Upon his passing, President Barack Obama remembered Mr. Payton as a “legend” and “a true champion of equality,” whose “courage and fierce opposition to discrimination in all its forms” would never be forgotten.
WilmerHale and LDF honor Mr. Payton’s enduring legacy through the creation of the John A. Payton Summer Associate Fellowship, which will provide one summer associate in WilmerHale’s Washington DC office the opportunity to spend half of their summer at LDF in New York City.
“Establishing the Fellowship was a way for WilmerHale to honor John, continue his enduring legacy and underscore to young lawyers the firm’s continuing commitment to advocating for civil rights social justice issues,” said WilmerHale Co-Managing Partner Susan Murley.
Prior to joining LDF and guiding the organization to resounding legal victories, Mr. Payton spent the bulk of his career in private practice in WilmerHale’s Washington DC office, where he was an advocate for pro bono service. John demonstrated his signature brilliance when he served as lead counsel for the University of Michigan, defending its affirmative action policy, in Gratz v. Bollinger. Mr. Payton handled this extraordinarily important and high-profile case in the trial court, court of appeals and in his argument before the US Supreme Court. The Court’s decision in the landmark companion case, Grutter v. Bollinger, upholding race-conscious admissions in higher education, represented the vindication of the strategy that Mr. Payton devised and implemented over more than six years litigating Gratz to support the educational benefits of diversity.
“John brought his brilliant intellect and painstaking preparation to all of his work, while maintaining an infectious optimism and confidence that made good things not simply possible, but probable. In so doing, John personified the best of civil rights lawyering. We honor John by providing the means for young lawyers to engage in the hands-on work of forging ‘a more perfect union’ using the tools of appellate advocacy that John so loved and that he so wholly mastered,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF President and Director-Counsel.
Below is additional information about the program:
If you have questions please contact Director, Diversity Kenneth Imo at 202-247-2017 or Managing Director, Legal Personnel Beth Miller at 202-247-4294.
AKIN GUMP ROBERT STRAUSS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
In furtherance of the steadfast commitment of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to diversity and inclusion, as well as the firm’s ongoing efforts to recruit, retain and promote attorneys who contribute to the diversity of the firm and the legal profession, the firm is pleased to offer the Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship (the “Strauss Scholarship”). Akin Gump and the firm’s founding partner, Robert Strauss, recognize that a workforce comprised of attorneys and staff from diverse social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds is an important component in providing outstanding client service. The firm is continually seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm and we have developed the Strauss Scholarship to advance this effort.
Description of the Program
The Strauss Scholarship provides a $25,000 scholarship for each of two outstanding second year law students at U.S. law schools to offset expenses for their third year of law school. The scholarships will be awarded to students who evidence their commitment to diversity in the legal profession, who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm. In addition to the financial award, the scholarships also provide mentoring from firm attorneys and a paid second year summer associate position in the firm’s New York or Washington, D.C. office.
Applicants must have excellent undergraduate and law school academic performance and evidence of leadership abilities, personal and professional accomplishments, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity. Akin Gump seeks candidates who will thrive in meeting the firm’s core competencies: Ownership, Professional Excellence, Service and Teamwork and Client Focus; and who have demonstrated evidence of the firm’s core values: Collegiality, Commitment, Excellence, Integrity and Intensity.
To be eligible to be considered for the Strauss Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2016 at the time of application. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program following their second year of law school. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm. The first half of the scholarship will be paid upon successful completion of the firm’s summer associate program. The second half of the scholarship will be paid prior to the second semester of the student’s third year of law school, provided that they have received and accepted an offer to join the firm as an associate following the completion of their legal education.
Applications for the program will be accepted between July 14 through September 15, 2014. Law students interested in the Strauss Scholarship must submit the following materials in order to be considered:
1. A completed application form (stating office preference), current resume and law school transcript
2. A personal statement (no more than 750 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated academic and leadership achievements and commitment to diversity
3. A legal writing sample
4. Contact information for three academic or professional references.
Applications should be sent via email to: email@example.com (New York office) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Washington, D.C. office). The subject line should read “Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship.” Applications should be sent in one PDF document with the file name as follows: “Last_First_LawSchool_ AGOffice of Interest”—e.g. Smith_John_Michigan_DC.
Candidates may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office.
Questions about the Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship should be directed to:
email@example.com (New York office)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Washington, D.C. office)
For additional information about diversity at Akin Gump, please visit our website at http://www.akingump.com/en/our-firm/diversity/index.html.
BARNES & THORNBURG DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Barnes & Thornburg recognizes that a commitment to diversity requires action. We are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, and open culture made up of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds. We strive to sustain a work environment in which each individual’s perspective, background, skills, and abilities are valued. To achieve this mission, Barnes & Thornburg is committed to hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse team of employees that reflect the various communities in which we work. We strive to create a climate of inclusion, grow our talent pool, and foster innovation and creativity to compete in the global market.
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to announce the Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Barnes &Thornburg and the legal profession. The Scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.
APPLYING FOR THE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Interested first-year students should complete the on-line application at: https://careers.btlaw.com/virecruitselfapply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=8&FilterJobCategoryID=13
Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume (should include undergraduate GPA and law school GPA if available) and personal statement describing how or why their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. Application materials must be received by February 7, 2014 (if all law school grades are not received by the deadline date, please submit available grades and the remainder of grades can be submitted as they are received)
THE COOLEY LLP 2014 DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the Firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the Firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the Firm as a full-time associate. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are encouraged to apply. Award recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2014, with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient's first year of law school. The application deadline is January 10, 2014.
We welcome applications from all law students who:
Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:
Applications are being accepted online until January 10, 2014. Applications must include:
Please direct any inquiries to email@example.com.
MORRISON & FOERSTER 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Morrison & Foerster is dedicated to investing in the next generation of lawyers, including the recruitment, retention and promotion of talented diverse lawyers. Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is an integral part of this long-term investment.
Each year, up to 10 fellowships are awarded to highly motivated first-year law students who are members of historically underrepresented ethnic and/or racial minority groups.
Fellows receive paid summer associate positions in one of the firm’s nine U.S. offices following the completion of their first year of law school. Assuming satisfactory performance during the 1L summer internship, fellows have the option to return as second-year summer associates.
Fellows receive a total of $15,000, which is paid in two equal amounts. The first amount is awarded at the time that the candidate accepts his or her offer to return as a second-year summer associate, and the second installment is paid when the candidate accepts an offer of full-time employment as an associate following the completion of his or her legal studies.
The program provides outstanding law students — each of whom has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement — with the opportunity to see, experience and benefit from working with talented colleagues. For 10 consecutive years, The American Lawyer has ranked us among the top 10 firms for overall diversity on its annual Diversity Scorecard. The excellence of our diverse lawyers has also been recognized in publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers, IFLR and Legal 500.
The deadline for the 2014 Diversity 1L Fellowship Program is January 3, 2014. For more information about the 1L Diversity Fellowship and/or our other 1L opportunities, please visit our recruiting website (http://www.mofocareers.com/current-openings/1L_Opportunities.html).
2014 ARENT FOX ANNUAL DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Arent Fox LLP is seeking applications for the 9th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program. Arent Fox will award a $15,000 scholarship to three first-year law students in our Washington, New York, and Los Angeles office.
Arent Fox’s 2014 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks; from May 19 through July 25, 2014. The summer associate salary is $3,000 per week, and the scholarship recipient will receive the $15,000 award in July 2014. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the 2014 Summer Program.
The Firm will accept applications from December 1, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. (local time) on January 22, 2014. To apply for the scholarship program, please complete the electronic application and provide the required materials listed in the downloadable FAQ.
Please submit your application materials online through our Careers website: http://www.arentfox.com/careers/diversity/diversity-scholarship. Law school grades must be forwarded to the contact below, once available.
For more information contact:
Ms. Libby Tracy
Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager
New York, NY
Ms. Rachel Snitkoff
Senior Attorney Recruitment Manager
Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Kimberly Harrell
HR/Attorney Recruitment Manager
FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS 2L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is accepting applications for its 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program. FaegreBD offers four Fellowships annually that provide professional experience and mentorship to second-year law students from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
Fellowship awardees will each receive a 10-week summer clerkship in the firm's Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis or South Bend office between their second and third years of law school. During the clerkship, awardees will participate in formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through the firm's summer program. Each recipient will be matched with a mentor lawyer who will offer guidance to the student throughout the academic year and during the summer associate experience.
Students selected for the Fellowship will each receive a $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of their summer associate positions. Recipients are eligible to be considered for full-time employment as an associate with the firm upon graduation from law school.
Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2015 and be interested in a summer associate position with the firm. Candidates must also submit a personal statement describing how or why they will contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels and/or in the legal profession.
Interested law students may visit FaegreBD.com/Fellowship for more information and should complete the online application (select Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship from the menu on the left) for the 2014 Diversity Fellowship by September 6, 2013. The Fellowship program supports Faegre Baker Daniels' ongoing commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. FaegreBD invests in recruiting a diverse workforce by supporting pipeline programs, attending multiple diversity job fairs, and conducting on-campus outreach to diverse law student populations. For more information, visit FaegreBD.com/Diversity.
REED SMITH LLP 2012 DIVERSE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
At Reed Smith, our Core Values - Integrity, Quality, Teamwork & Respect, Performance, and Innovation & Improvement - support our vision and drive our success. Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative embodies each of these core values as we believe that diversity at all levels is a true sign of a successful enterprise.
Accordingly, we are proud to offer Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.
Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process. Please contact Dana Levin, Director of Legal Recruiting, at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Summer associate positions in 2014 are available in: Chicago; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston; and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2013.
Please visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com to download an application and for more information about our program.
To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/.
MCCA LLOYD M. JOHNSON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. (“LMJ”), Scholarship Program is open to all students who have been accepted into law school to start in the fall of 2013 pursuing a juris doctor (non-LL.M.) degree. Only students enrolled in a full-time, ABA accredited, day program with an anticipated graduation date in Spring 2016 are eligible to apply. The goal of the program is to promote academic excellence and diversity in law schools by awarding newly accepted law students from disadvantaged backgrounds with scholarships to help defray their education expenses.
Scholarship recipients will receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school. Recipients may qualify for additional financial support in years two and three.
Application Deadline: May 30, 2013
For more information about the Scholarship Program or to apply on-line, please visit www.uncf.org/sections/forstudents/ss_scholarships/scholarDetailSGA.asp?id=885.
MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON LLP 2013 1L DIVERSITY SUMMER PROGRAM
Munger, Tolles & Olson believes that a diverse work force improves our ability to serve the needs of our clients and creates a more dynamic workplace for our attorneys. As part of our ongoing effort to recruit, retain and promote attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession, we are pleased to offer up to six 1L summer associate positions in our Los Angeles and/or San Francisco offices.
These positions will be offered to exceptional first-year law students who show the promise of being outstanding attorneys and, in addition, contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Munger, Tolles & Olson and the legal community, including, but not limited to, law students who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are physically challenged, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
Each participant in the 1L Summer Program is required to spend a minimum of seven weeks in our office, and may stay a maximum of ten weeks. The weekly salary for participants is the same as our program for 2L and 3L students.
Public Interest Opportunity
Upon completion of seven weeks at the firm, in lieu of spending additional time at Munger, Tolles & Olson, each participant in the 1L Summer Program will have the option to spend up to four weeks performing legal work for a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area and receive his or her weekly salary from the firm. Students interested in this option will need to submit a written description of the public interest opportunity prior to commencing employment at the firm.
We are looking for applicants who possess a record of academic, employment, community, and other achievements indicating the potential for success in law school and in the legal profession and who will contribute meaningfully to the diversity of our firm and the legal community. All applicants must be first-year law students in good standing pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA accredited law school.
We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible. Although we will accept applications until March 1, 2013, we consider completed applications on a rolling basis and our limited number of positions may be full prior to that time.
Applications must include:
1) Cover letter specifying the applicant’s office preference
3) Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of first semester law school grades when available
4) Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of undergraduate grades
5) A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in the Munger, Tolles & Olson 1L Summer Program and how you would contribute to the diversity of the legal profession
6) Contact information for two references, at least one of whom can comment meaningfully on your law school work
All materials should be sent by email and/or regular
mail to the attention of:
Ms. Kevinn C. Villard
Director of Legal Recruiting
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
355 South Grand Avenue, 35th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90071-1560
Phone: (213) 683-9242
PERKINS COIE 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP-SUMMER 2013
Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that more accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities at large. Since 1991 we have been pleased to offer student fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year.
These offices are hosting a 2013 1L Diversity Fellow:
Bellevue, apply by January 14, 2013
Portland, apply by January 22, 2013
Chicago, apply by January 22, 2013
San Francisco, apply by January 14, 2013
Los Angeles, apply by January 14, 2013
Seattle, apply by January 14, 2013
Phoenix, apply by January 22, 2013
Washington, D.C., apply by January 22, 2013
Candidates may apply to only one office. All applications are taken online at PerkinsCoie.com/1LDiversity
Please include the following application materials:
Each year 1L Diversity Student Fellows are selected on the basis of the following criteria:
For general questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Jill Connolly, Legal Recruitment Manager, via e-mail.
Carmody & Torrance LLP and Northeast Utilities Legal Department 2012 Diversity Scholar Program Joint Summer Associate Experience
Carmody & Torrance LLP and Northeast Utilities Legal Department will provide a second year law student of a diverse background a unique opportunity to participate in their summer associate programs. This salaried summer associate experience will be 10-12 weeks in length, depending on the recipient’s schedule. The selected student will spend half of the summer at Northeast Utilities Legal Department where he/she will have an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day work experiences of in-house attorneys at a major Connecticut utility. The other half of the program will be spent at Carmody & Torrance, the largest law firm in Western Connecticut, participating in its regular Summer Associate program with exposure to its training programs and work assignments as well as getting a feel for what a career at a firm is like. A mentor from each organization will provide professional and personal development assistance.
Both Carmody & Torrance and Northeast Utilities are committed to the recruitment and retention of attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Both organizations are active in the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (formerly the Connecticut Lawyers Group) and Carmody & Torrance was one of the original founding members of this group. As part of our ongoing efforts to promote diversity in the Connecticut legal community, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to second year law students.
All students of diverse backgrounds at ABA accredited law schools who have completed their first year at law school are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be selected based on academic, personal and professional achievement.
Interested candidates should submit:
2013 Program Application Deadline: September 15, 2012
Please send applications to:
Laurie Logan-Priscott, Director of Human Resources and Professional Development
Carmody & Torrance
50 Leavenworth Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Candidates selected for interviews will meet with attorneys from both Carmody & Torrance & Northeast Utilities Legal Department.
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Founded over 100 years ago, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has grown from what originated as a partnership of two lawyers to a Firm of over 1,500 lawyers, with offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. As stated in our Diversity Mission Statement, we believe our ability to function at the very highest level of our profession is significantly enhanced by building a team of lawyers who bring us the benefits of a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds. We know that diversity enriches our Firm and enhances our ability to practice law, so we are proud to sponsor the Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship consists of a $25,000* stipend payable during the recipient's third year of law school.
This merit-based Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis. To be considered, the candidate must: (1) be enrolled and in good standing as a second-year law student (Juris Doctor) at an ABA-accredited law school and/or be a joint-degree student at an ABA-accredited law school that will graduate from both programs in 2014; (2) have a demonstrated record of academic achievement; (3) demonstrate that he or she will contribute meaningfully, as a result of background, personal attributes or characteristics, to the diversity goals of Kirkland; (4) receive an offer to join the Kirkland summer program in one of our domestic offices; (5) have a sincere interest and commitment to private practice; and (6) be likely to practice after graduation at one of Kirkland’s offices.
In order to receive the Fellowship stipend, a candidate awarded the Fellowship must participate in the Summer Associate Program in one of Kirkland’s domestic offices. Splitting between two Kirkland offices may be permitted upon approval of the two offices’ Recruiting Chairs. Splitting with another law firm is not permitted unless the candidate (1) has previously completed an entire summer program at one of Kirkland’s domestic offices; or (2) must return to his/her 1L firm for two to three weeks in order to finalize his/her offer from his/her 1L firm.
Candidates must apply online by August 27, 2012, or no later than one week after our On-Campus Interview visit at your school. In order for an application to be considered complete, candidates must (1) complete the application form; (2) upload a brief (maximum one page) personal statement addressing ways in which the candidate has promoted and will continue to promote diversity in the legal community, and an explanation of the individual's interest in Kirkland; and (3) upload his/her resumé and most up-to-date law school transcript.
Applicants are encouraged to sign-up for on-campus interviews in each office where they would like to spend their 2013 Summer. Candidates who apply prior to receiving second semester grades should remember to submit an updated transcript as soon as it becomes available. As with all summer associates, there is no guarantee of full-time employment after graduation, but it is our sincere hope that all of our Fellows will ultimately decide to practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
*$25,000 less all required income and payroll taxes.
DORSEY & WHITNEY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Global law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce the eighth annual Dorsey Diversity Fellowship program. Each Fellowship recipient will work as a summer associate in the Firm's Denver, Seattle or Minneapolis office and, at the end of each summer (as applicable), will receive $7,500 toward law school tuition and expenses for the school year. Each fellowship recipient who joins the Firm as a new associate will receive an additional $5,000.
Dorsey’s Denver and Minneapolis offices plan to hire second-year law students and are now accepting applications on a rolling basis. The firm’s Seattle office plans to hire first-year law students and will accept applications from December 1, 2012 through January 21, 2013.
All students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school who meet the class year requirements stated above are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of academic achievement and a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal community. The Fellowship application is available for download here.
The Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship is a natural extension of the Firm’s commitment to diversity. Dorsey is committed to attracting, recruiting, retaining and advancing attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Dorsey supports numerous organizations that promote diversity in the legal community, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The Firm actively recruits from minority job fairs each fall. In addition, the Firm encourages attorneys to become involved in internal networking and affinity groups as well as local minority bar associations.
SIDLEY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP
Sidley Austin LLP has been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law firm diversity. Sidley's mission is to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds who reflect the global marketplace that Sidley serves. Through the leadership of its Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, Sidley aspires to make sustainable progress in its journey toward becoming a more diverse organization. To further promote diversity within the legal profession and within the firm, Sidley offers a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for Second Year Law Students. Sidley will grant a $15,000 Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to a limited number of deserving second year law students who join Sidley's summer program. Some information regarding the application process is summarized below.
Expectations of Scholarship Recipients
How to Apply
About Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Austin LLP, with approximately 1700 lawyers in 17 offices, is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms. The firm offers its clients extensive experience in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Sidley is committed to achieving greater diversity not only within the firm, but also within the legal profession as a whole. For more information about Sidley, please visit www.sidley.com.
LECLAIR RYAN 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of the late Oliver W. Hill, the law firm of LeClairRyan is pleased to announce the fourth annual LeClairRyan Diversity Scholarship. One award, in the amount of $5,000.00, will be given to a diverse first year law student who most exemplifies the late Oliver W. Hill’s qualities of legal excellence and selfless dedication to the fight for justice.
LeClairRyan had two objectives in creating this award:
LeClairRyan will select the scholarship recipient based on the following criteria:
To apply for the LeClairRyan Diversity Scholarship, student’s must submit a completed application along with a resume, law school transcript, two letters of recommendation from a professor or member of the Bar, and an essay on pursuing social justice through the law (2,000 word maximum) by April 20, 2012 via U.S. mail or e-mail to:
Danielle H. Roberts
Riverfront Plaza, East Tower
951 East Byrd Street, Eighth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
For further information or to download an application, please visit http://www.leclairryan.com/aboutus/xprCallOut.aspx?xpST=Diversity.
FOWLER WHITE BOGGS 2012 DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Fowler White strives to increase diversity in the legal field and offers these scholarship programs to support those individuals with similar goals and interests.
We are proud to be an inaugural member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This groundbreaking organization is a cooperative effort between general counsels and managing partners of major corporations and law firms dedicated to making significant, tangible progress on diversity by developing specific goals, implementing measurable metrics and rewarding definitive results. As a member of the LCLD, we are pleased to offer a 1L Diversity Scholars Fellowship in our Tampa office, which will provide a diverse first-year law student with the opportunity to join our 2012 Summer Associate Program and work with attorneys, paralegals, and other specialists.
Our 2012 Law School Scholarship program is open to law students in their first year who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. We will award one scholarship per year through our law school diversity scholarship program. The successful applicant will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Please view our online application for eligibility requirements and application materials: www.fowlerwhite.com/diversity-scholarship.html.
TONKON TORP LLP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Tonkon Torp LLP is a leading Portland, OR business and litigation law firm serving public companies, substantial private enterprises, entrepreneurial businesses and individuals. We are committed to the growth of diversity in our firm and in the local community. To that end, we offer a diversity fellowship for first-year law students. For more information go to http://www.tonkon.com/Careers/-1LDiversityFellowship.html.
KING & SPALDING DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program awards up to four fellowships to qualified second-year law students who show promise of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community. Each recipient receives $10,000 and a summer clerkship at King & Spalding’s Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington offices the summer following the completion of his or her second year of law school.
Candidates must meet the academic and hiring criteria of King & Spalding’s summer associate program; receive an offer of summer employment for their second-year summer; be a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or be a member of the LGBT community; and complete an application form and brief personal statement. Fellows will be selected after interviewing with partners and associates at the firm.
King & Spalding launched its diversity fellowship program in the fall of 2006 as part of the firm’s ongoing effort to increase ethnic and cultural diversity in the firm and the legal profession.
Deadline for the 2011 program is September 2. Applications are available on our website at http://www.kslaw.com.
FOLEY & LARDNER 2011 MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
At Foley, we believe a strong and effective diversity program is integral to the firm's continued success. That's why we created our Diversity Scholarship Program in 1998 as a way of advancing diverse law students and promoting a more inclusive legal community.
A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a first-year diverse law student at each of the following schools:
To date, we've awarded nearly $550,000 in scholarships!
Interested? An information sheet and application, including eligibility information, are available online at Foley.com/diversityscholarships. Applications will be accepted starting February 1, 2011 with a firm deadline of February 28, 2011. Scholarship recipients will be announced by April 1, 2011.
STOEL RIVES 2011 LAW STUDENT DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Diversity Matters at Stoel Rives
We are committed to fostering diversity within our firm and our communities. To further this goal, we are proud to offer First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in our Portland and Seattle offices. Recipients will each be awarded a salaried summer associate position after their first year of law school as applicable and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the following academic year.
Please send application to each office where you wish to be considered. (If applying to more than one office, please note this on your personal statement.) Materials must be received by January 19, 2011. Email submissions are preferred.
Lawyer Recruiting Manager
Stoel Rives LLP
900 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 2600
Portland, OR 97204
Lawyer Recruiting Coordinator
Stoel Rives LLP
600 University St., Suite 3600
Seattle, WA 98101
To learn more please visit our website at http://www.stoel.com/diversity.pdf.
CARLTON FIELDS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
Carlton Fields is dedicated to promoting diversity and fostering an environment of inclusion and respect. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and perspectives enrich the workplace and add value to the legal services we provide to our clients.
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are pleased to sponsor the Carlton Fields Diversity Scholarships to qualifying first-year law students. Two scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship recipient will receive a paid position in our summer associate program (Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach, or Orlando offices) and a $5,000 scholarship.
Applicants should have:
Eligible Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials
DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Davis Wright Tremaine has a successful diversity scholarship program for first-year associates in our Seattle and Portland offices. For more information go to http://www.dwt.com/Careers/SummerAssociates/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram.
MILLER JOHNSON DIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
In support of our commitment to diversity and in celebration of our 50 years as part of the West Michigan community, our firm established the Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship Fund in 2009 with a $50,000 endowment.
We are pleased to work with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in selecting a scholarship recipient each year. Applications follow the GRCF process, are available in January and are generally due each April. Scholarships are announced in June. for more information, please visit our website at www.millerjohnson.com or http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarshipslist.
Our Diversity Scholarship is provided annually to a student of ethnic minority from Michigan who is accepted to or attending any accredited law school in the United States with the intent to earn a law degree. Preference may be given to applicants from West Michigan and other criteria apply.
MILBANK DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Each year Milbank selects law students who will receive a salaried summer associate position and a $50,000 scholarship. ($25,000 is distributed during each student’s third year of law school; payment of the additional $25,000 is contingent upon receipt and acceptance of a Milbank permanent offer, and commencement of full-time employment with Milbank).
Our summer program is extremely comprehensive and personal. Summer associates rotate through the Firm’s practice areas during a ten-week period. The program is managed by the Recruiting Committee, along with a team from each practice group, to ensure that each summer associate receives a broad and challenging experience. Numerous seminars and social events round out the experience of the summer associates.
Factors considered in the selection of Milbank Diversity Scholars include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a sincere interest in our practice.
Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in large law firms are encouraged to apply. To be named a Milbank Diversity Scholar, candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program.
Interested candidates must submit an application form, essay, official law school transcript and resume to Allison Z. Levitt, Manager of Law School Recruiting, by September 1st.
For more information about Milbank’s diversity initiative, please visit us on our web site at http://www.milbank.com/en/Diversity/.