Member Diversity Fellowships & Scholarships

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, lisa@nalp.org.

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Ropes & Gray’s 2L Diversity Scholarship

The Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship, named after our first African American partner, awards scholarships of $25,000 to a number of outstanding 2L students to help offset the expenses of their legal education, and a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school.

Criteria for the 2L Diversity Scholarship
In addition to meeting the criteria for the summer associate program, applicants for the scholarship must show:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Contributions to the community
  • Commitment to the practice of law
  • Genuine interest in Ropes & Gray

Eligibility Requirements

  • Outstanding undergraduate and law school academic achievement
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession
  • 2L enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school
  • U.S. citizen or authorization to work in the United States

When applying, applicants must provide the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Personal Statement* (500 words or less)

*The personal statement that is part of the application process should address the applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship, including, potentially, a description of the applicant’s leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to community and commitment to the practice of law.

To apply, please click here.


Baker McKenzie 2L Diversity Fellowship Program

The Baker McKenzie Diversity Fellowship Program furthers our commitment to recruit and develop talented lawyers who seek to contribute to Baker McKenzie's mission of inclusion and diversity, as well as the creation of a more inclusive legal profession.

The Baker McKenzie Diversity Fellowships are awarded to second year law students (2Ls) committed to diversity within the legal community. Diversity Fellows are selected after an application process and each recipient receives USD$10,000.

Applicants must receive an offer of summer employment for their second-year summer; be a member of a population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession; and complete an application form and brief personal statement.

To apply, please click HERE where you will be asked to complete the application and submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your current résumé
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript
  • A copy of your law school transcript
  • A personal statement, not to exceed 500 words, addressing both of the following:
    • Explain how your academic and personal strengths have prepared you for a career in law
    • Describe how your background and/or experiences would contribute to Baker McKenzie's missions of inclusion & diversity

You must have made application to the Baker McKenzie 2L Summer Associate Program in the US or Toronto offices. The Baker & McKenzie Diversity Fellowship will only be awarded to individuals who receive an offer for a summer associate position.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, starting December 1.


Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP – The Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Scholarship

In furtherance of the Firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we’re proud to announce the launch of a fellowship program to promote the recruitment, advancement, and retention of attorneys from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

The Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Fellowship, named in honor of the Firm’s first African-American partner, will be open to second-year law students applying to the 2022 Summer Associate Program in any of our US offices. Its goal is not only to attract diverse talent, but also to develop and retain those associates across the Firm.

In addition to the comprehensive training, substantive experience, and salary associated with summer program participation, fellowship recipients will receive $50,000 paid in periodic financial stipends to help defray the costs of tuition, student loans, and other law school-related expenses.

Application Process
Students interested in the Conrad Harper 2L Diversity Fellowship should submit their application materials (online application, resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and personal statement) for both the Diversity Fellowship and our summer associate program online here. Fellowship applications will be considered in tandem with the offer process for our 2022 summer associate program. Students must first receive an offer to join Simpson Thacher in order to then be awarded a Conrad Harper Fellowship.

The $50,000 award will be paid in four installments:

  • $15,000 upon joining our 2022 summer program
  • $15,000 upon starting with the Firm as a first-year associate
  • $10,000 at the completion of the first year of practice at Simpson, and
  • $10,000 at the completion of the second year of practice with the Firm

More information about the Fellowship, including eligibility, and selection criteria can be found here.

Fellowship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, July 9, 2021. Award decisions will be made throughout the summer. Feel free to contact Jessica Maroney Shillito at Jessica.Shillito@stblaw.com for additional questions.


Jenner & Block LLP 2022 2L Diversity Scholarships

Jenner & Block remains steadfast in our resolve to pursue diversity and inclusion in everything we do and to continue to fight for greater equity and justice through our work. Our Diversity Scholarship is aimed at increasing opportunities for talented law students who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded on a non-renewable basis to students graduating in 2023. Accepting this scholarship will commit the recipient to spending their 2L summer at the firm. Applications should include a resume, undergraduate transcript, law school transcript, and a personal statement. To apply, send your applications materials to diversityscholarship@jenner.com by the end of summer 2021. Learn more about our application process here.


Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC — The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC offers The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program, open to 1L law student applicants. The purpose of The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program is to provide meaningful law firm experience to aspiring law students who bring diversity to the legal profession.

The paid clerkship runs for ten to twelve weeks, 40 hour per week. One applicant will be selected for summer, which will be for one of Bond’s Upstate New York offices (Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, or Rochester).

For more information visit www.bsk.com/careers.


Fish & Richardson 2021 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Launched in 2005, Fish & Richardson’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides annual fellowships to diverse first-year law students throughout the country. The Program represents a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices; mentoring by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and up to a $30,000 award.

Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBTQ, and/or a military veteran; and have a technical background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.

  • Please note, the application deadline for the 2021 Diversity Fellowship has passed. Please visit our Careers page to see a list of available openings, and follow Fish on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to receive announcements about next year’s program.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Fellowship can be found here.


Cadwalader’s Catherine Noyes Lee 2L Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Catherine Noyes Lee was elected our first woman partner nearly 80 years ago, while also becoming the first woman partner of a major Wall Street firm. Catherine pursued bold change not only to fulfill her own career aspirations, but also to support those of her contemporaries and future generations of women and girls. As she told The New York World-Telegram newspaper at the time of her election to the partnership, “I hope other old firms will think about this and take women lawyers in. It has not been their policy. I could name one woman lawyer after another who would be a distinct asset as a partner.”

To honor and build on Catherine’s legacy, and to acknowledge the vast collective of voices who have more recently called for – and demanded – bold change for greater equity and social justice, we are pleased to announce the Catherine Noyes Lee 2L Diversity Scholarship.

The application is currently open through June 28. Please visit our website for more information and the link to apply: https://diversityscholarship.cadwalader.com/.

About the Program:

  • The 2L Diversity Scholar will be an outstanding second-year law student with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • The 2L Diversity Scholar will be a summer associate in our New York office.
  • The 2L Diversity Scholar will be paid the summer associate salary during their 10 weeks and will be eligible to receive a scholarship of $15,000. The first half of the scholarship ($7,500) will be paid upon completion of the 10-week fellowship and acceptance of a full-time offer to join the firm as a first-year associate. The second half of the scholarship ($7,500) will be paid upon the start date of employment. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm.

Application Process
Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Resume
  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words that addresses the following questions:
    • Why diversity is important to you?
    • How have you been a leader in your community?
  • The names of two (2) references who can attest to the applicant's character and leadership skills
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts

Materials must be submitted through our online application.

Application Criteria

  • US Citizen or authorized to work in the US
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including law students who are (a) members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups (b) women (c) LGBTQ (d) differently abled or (e) from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Enrollment at an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of spring 2023
  • Outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and active involvement in the community

Application Timing

  • The application for our 2021 2L Diversity Scholarship Program will be open from May 15, 2021 through June 28, 2021.
  • Completed applications must be received on or before 5:00 PM (EDT) June 28, 2021.


White & Case 1L Diversity Fellowship

The diversity of our lawyers is a source of strength, and the nature of our client’s needs requires collaboration across borders. We attract students who value learning about different cultures, experiences, languages and viewpoints. Our mission is to continue to build upon this strength and create an environment where all who work here are encouraged, assisted and inspired to reach their potential. Our commitment to inclusion has made us an employer of choice worldwide.

As a White & Case 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient, you will participate in our ten-week Summer Program in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or Washington, DC. Fellows will participate in an intensive training program in conjunction with our US Summer Associate Conference in New York.

You will partake in all aspects of the Summer Program, including our training sessions, the US Summer Associate Conference, ongoing mentorship opportunities, networking with our lawyers and attendance at social events. You will also gain valuable insight into what we do and what it means to practice law by working with and observing our lawyers. We know that timely and meaningful feedback is important to your professional growth, and you will receive feedback regarding your work over the course of the summer. A successful fellow will be invited to return to the Firm for the following summer.

The selection process is highly competitive, and a successful candidate will possess:

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in your community or at school
  • The desire to pursue a global career in an international law firm

Applications will be accepted from 1L law students in early December and will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information on how to apply, please visit our careers website.


White & Case First Generation Professional Scholarship

White & Case’s First Generation Professional Scholarship is designed to support socioeconomic balance for first generation professionals looking to gain experience in a legal setting and to complement their academic success. The scholarship provides holistic support to first generation professionals to help them flourish in a professional environment through financial aid, mentorship and professional development. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to students who join us as summer associates following their second year of law school at an ABA-accredited school and are the first in their family to graduate from college, as well as students who are from working-class or lower-income backgrounds.

Applications will be accepted from rising 2L law students for our New York office beginning on June 4, 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis through July 5, 2021. To apply for this scholarship, please apply online at www.whitecase.com/usgraduates. Once application materials are submitted, applicants will automatically be invited to participate in a video screening interview through the Outmatch interview platform. Email recruit@whitecase.com with questions or click here to access our careers site.


Linklaters Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship Program

Linklaters is pleased to introduce our Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship program in our New York and Washington, D.C., offices. As a Making Links 2L Diversity Fellow at Linklaters, you will participate in our ten-week summer associate program. Throughout the program, you will receive valuable experience working alongside attorneys; training and mentoring from partners and associates; and meaningful client engagement.

Fellows are eligible to receive a stipend of US$25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) after acceptance of a full-time offer to join the Firm as an associate in 2023.

Eligibility: Linklaters’ Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship is open to second-year U.S. law students from underrepresented groups in the legal profession. To be an eligible applicant, a student must:

  • be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of 2023;
  • have a long-term interest in practicing law in one of Linklaters’ U.S. offices; and
  • not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm or other employer during the same time period.

Application process: Applications will be accepted from June 1 through September 3, 2021. Click here to access our careers site. To apply, please provide your resume, unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts, a legal writing sample of 10 pages or less, and a personal statement of up to 500 words.

If you have any questions regarding the Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship Program, please email usrecruit@linklaters.com.


Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 2022 Diversity Scholarship Program

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is pleased to announce its 2022 Diversity Scholarship Program for law students committed to supporting diversity in the legal profession.

Primarily designed to increase the number of diverse law students interested in summer and long-term employment with Nelson Mullins, the scholarship program fits squarely into the Firm's commitment to inclusive excellence and robust diversity in all aspects of Firm life. Awardees will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a salaried summer associate position at one of the Firm’s 25 offices. (Placement will be determined on a case-by-case basis.) The scholarship may be used toward law school tuition, fees and selected school-related costs such as books and course materials. Up to three scholarships will be awarded for the summer associate class of 2022.

This merit based program is open to 2L students in a full-time JD program (with expected graduation in 2023).

Applicants are considered across several factors, including:

  • Academic achievement at an ABA accredited law school
  • Commitment to diversity within the legal profession
  • Excellent writing, research, and interpersonal skills (including an ability to work in and lead diverse groups, recognize and understand multiple perspectives, and promote collaboration)
  • Not a recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm for the same time period
  • Commitment to spend at least eight weeks with the firm as a summer associate

The factors considered in the selection of the award recipient include a focus on a wide array of student backgrounds, characteristics and life experiences — including those associated with race, gender, age, ethnicity/ national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, marital/parental status and more. We also consider issues of diversity that may be reflected in beliefs among prospective student awardees—whether political, economic, social, or philosophical.

The selection process coincides with Nelson Mullins’ regular summer associate recruiting process. Awardees will be chosen by the Scholarship Selection Committee and will receive the scholarship award following successful completion of the Firm’s 2022 summer associate program. Interested applicants should upload a statement of interest (less than 500 words), a current resume and a current law school transcript, along with a list of two academic or professional references, to diversityscholarship@nelsonmullins.com. Please put in the subject line “Diversity Scholarship Application –NAME”.

Submissions will be accepted July 26, 2021 to September 1, 2021.


Caplin & Drysdale Caplin-Swanson Diversity Fellowship

In 1949, Mr. Gregory H. Swanson, a graduate of Howard University School of Law, applied to the LL.M. program at the University of Virginia School of Law. Our firm’s founder, Mr. Mortimer M. Caplin, led the faculty in unanimously voting to admit Mr. Swanson to the law school. Because Mr. Swanson was Black, the University Board of Visitors rejected his application on the basis of Virginia’s segregation laws.

Mr. Swanson sued to gain admission. Thurgood Marshall and others represented Mr. Swanson in his victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which ordered he be admitted to the School of Law. Mr. Swanson was the first Black student to attend the University of Virginia, and his case helped lay the foundation for Brown v. Board of Education. In 1961, while serving as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Caplin offered Mr. Swanson a position as an IRS attorney. Mr. Swanson remained in public service at the IRS until his retirement in 1984.

Caplin & Drysdale created this fellowship to honor Mr. Swanson’s legacy and our founder’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The fellowship will provide a diverse 1L summer associate a stipend and a paid summer associate position. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good standing as a 1L student at an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority group and/or as a member of the LGBTQ community;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States;
  • Demonstrate academic achievement and leadership skills;
  • Have not accepted a diversity award or fellowship from another law firm; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to practicing law in Washington, D.C. after graduation.

The deadline for application is February 21, 2021. For more information and application instructions see http://www.caplindrysdale.com/Diversity-and-Inclusion.


MORRISON & FOERSTER KEITH WETMORE 1L FELLOWSHIP

Diversity is a core value at Morrison & Foerster and we strive to attract, nurture, and retain the most talented and diverse lawyers. Our Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion is an integral part of this long-term investment.

Each year, fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and are invited to join the firm as paid summer associates. The fellowship program provides training and mentorship opportunities critical to professional development. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, fellows have the option to return as second-year summer associates.

Fellows receive a payment of $25,000 (in addition to summer associate pay), which is typically paid in two equal amounts. Installments are awarded at the time that the candidate accepts his or her offer to return as a second-year summer associate, and when the candidate accepts an offer of full-time employment as an associate. The program provides outstanding law students whom have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement with the opportunity to see, experience, and benefit from working with talented colleagues.

To date, we have awarded 79 fellowships.

The deadline for the 2021 Wetmore Fellowship Program is January 29, 2021. For more information about the Fellowship and/or our other 1L opportunities, please visit our recruiting website at https://careers.mofo.com/law-students/.


Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP 2021 Diversity Scholars Program

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP is committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession, particularly in our areas of practice - complex civil, intellectual property, and white-collar criminal litigation.

As part of our commitment to enhance that diversity, we invite qualified candidates to apply to our annual diversity scholars program. In recent years, we’ve awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship money to numerous recipients, who represent a range of diversity. This year, Keker, Van Nest & Peters will award up to $75,000 in scholarship grants, split among up to four recipients. The exact amount and number of scholarships will depend on the number, qualifications and financial needs of applicants.

Required Qualifications
Qualified scholarship applicants must be current first-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of litigators in our community. While financial need is not required, it will be strongly considered. Other factors considered will include the applicant’s personal background, academic record, employment history, clinical or other non-academic legal experience, community service, and demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in complex litigation in the San Francisco Bay Area after graduation. Employees of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, family members of employees, and persons with pending or accepted offers of employment are not eligible.

Scholarship applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is February 12, 2021. Questions and completed applications can be sent to: ScholarshipApplications@keker.com.


Norton Rose Fulbright 2021 1L Diversity Fellowship

Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace – and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's continuing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

The Norton Rose Fulbright Fellowship will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses. The Norton Rose Fulbright 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient will also receive a paid summer associate position in our Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Antonio, or Washington, D.C. office.

Applicants for the 1L Diversity Fellowship must submit their application between December 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Norton Rose Fulbright will choose the fellowship recipient in early 2021. The Fellow would work as a summer associate during summer 2021.

Law students encouraged to apply include highly motivated members of diverse populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates should be committed to promoting diversity and, ideally, will have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools and/or workplaces. We will also consider personal achievements, academic achievements and demonstrated leadership ability.

Learn more about the 1L Diversity Fellowship and application process.


Norton Rose Fulbright 2021 2L Diversity Fellowships

Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace – and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's continuing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

The Norton Rose Fulbright Fellowship will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses. The Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship recipient(s) will also receive a paid summer associate position in our Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio, St. Louis, or Washington, DC office.

Applicants for the 2L Diversity Fellowship must submit their application between December 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, while enrolled in their second year of law school. Norton Rose Fulbright will choose the fellowship recipient(s) in early 2021. The Fellow would work as a summer associate during summer 2021 and would agree to join Norton Rose Fulbright as a full-time associate upon graduating from law school or completion of a judicial clerkship.

Law students encouraged to apply include highly motivated members of diverse populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Candidates should be committed to promoting diversity and, ideally, will have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools or workplaces. They also will be judged on personal achievements, academic achievements and proven leadership ability.

Learn more about the 2L Diversity Fellowship and application process.


Cooley Diversity Fellowship 2021

As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, 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, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

We welcome applications from all law school students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2021 summer associate program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021

Selection criteria

Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Undergraduate and law school academic performance achievement
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service

Application process

Applications must be submitted online and should include:

  • A complete and accurate online application; only one application will be considered
  • A personal statement no more than one single-spaced page in length, demonstrating the achievement of the selection criteria for the diversity fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript; unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • Graduate program transcripts, if applicable
  • Law school transcript following the receipt of first-term grades. Please note that due to the nature of a rolling application review process, offer decisions may be rendered prior to receipt of first-term law school grades

For 1L students in the 2020 – 2021 academic year, applications must be received by January 8, 2021. Upon receipt of first-term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to diversityfellowship@cooley.com. Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews. In the 2020 – 2021 application cycle, all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Please direct any inquiries to diversityfellowship@cooley.com.


Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship

Linklaters is pleased to announce our Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship program in our New York and Washington, D.C., offices. As a Making Links 2L Diversity Fellow at Linklaters, you will participate in our ten-week summer associate program. Throughout the program, you will receive valuable experience working alongside attorneys, training and mentoring from partners and associates, and meaningful client engagement. Fellows are eligible to receive a stipend of US$25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) after acceptance of a full-time offer to join the Firm as an associate in 2022.

Eligibility:

Linklaters’ Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship is open to second-year law students from underrepresented groups in the legal profession. To be an eligible applicant, a student must:

  • be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of 2022;
  • have a long-term interest in practicing law in one of Linklaters’ U.S. offices; and
  • not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm or other employer during the same time period.

Application process:

Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2020, through January 11, 2021. Click here to access our careers site. Required application materials:

  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts
  3. Legal writing sample of 10 pages or less
  4. Personal statement of up to 500 words, addressing your:
    • interest in working at a global firm;
    • interest in Linklaters, including specific office preference; and
    • notable achievements and/or noteworthy leadership or other contributions to your community.

Questions:
If you have any questions regarding the Making Links 2L Diversity Fellowship Program, please email usrecruit@linklaters.com.


Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, we are pleased to offer a 1L Diversity Scholarship for a summer position in our Indianapolis, South Bend/Elkhart and Chicago markets.

Scholarship recipients will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance 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 and acceptance 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.

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • Be a first year (1L) law student in good standing whose background, experience, personal attributes and/or characteristics contribute to Barnes & Thornburg’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitment and goals
  • Demonstrate excellent academic and personal achievement
  • Demonstrate tangible commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity generally, relative to Barnes & Thornburg and the broader legal profession
  • Be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school

How to Apply
Applicants will be accepted online only as of December 1, 2020 using the following link: https://btlaw.com/en/careers/law-students

  • Submit a cover letter
  • Provide current resume (including undergraduate and law school GPA)
  • Submit a personal statement (separate and distinct from the cover letter), describing aspects of your background, personal attributes, characteristics, experiences, etc. that you feel best demonstrate your commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity and how such will contribute meaningfully to Barnes & Thornburg and to the legal profession as a whole.


Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship Program

Arent Fox is seeking applications for its annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The BOS, DC, LA, NY and SF offices will each award one second-year law student $20,000 and a salaried position. The scholarship will be paid in two installments: $10,000 during the second-year summer and another $10,000 payable when the student returns to Arent Fox as an associate after graduation.

The Firm will accept applications on a rolling basis through February 1, 2021. Candidates may only apply to one office. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements
- Second-year law student, in good standing, at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S.
- Scheduled to graduate in 2022
- Excellent college and law school academic performance
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated leadership qualities, work experience, and community involvement
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
- Member of a diverse population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession
- Must join the 2021 Arent Fox Summer Program after their second year of law school
- Have a strong interest in joining the Firm as an associate after law school graduation

Required Application Materials
- Completed electronic Diversity Scholarship Application (you can only apply to one office)
- Personal Essay (one page single or double spaced): How will you be Smart in Arent Fox's World
- Resume
- Undergraduate Transcript (unofficial is accepted)
- Law School Transcript
- Legal Writing Sample (5-10 pages, single or double spaced). Must be exclusively your own work. The sample may be from your legal writing course in law school.
- Contact information of three professional or academic references. (Letters of recommendation are optional.)

To apply, please visit https://www.arentfox.com/careers/attorney-opportunities. Select the office you wish to apply to in the “Apply Now” drop down menu, choose the Diversity Scholar application and submit all required materials.

For more information, please visit https://www.arentfox.com/careers/diversity.

Arent Fox LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Cullen and Dykman and NJAW Diversity Fellowship

Cullen and Dykman and New Jersey American Water (NJAW) share a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. To further this collective goal, we have teamed up to offer law students who demonstrate a personal dedication to this effort a unique summer work experience.

The fellowship is awarded annually to one first year (or second year evening) law student committed to contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community. The fellowship is a paid position that spans two summers. During the first summer, the fellow will spend five weeks working in one of Cullen and Dykman’s New Jersey office locations (to be determined on a case-by-case basis), where the fellow will have the opportunity to experience the firm’s various practice areas while interacting with many different partners and associates. The fellow will then spend five weeks in the Legal Department of New Jersey American Water, where the fellow will gain the experience and perspective of an in-house attorney at a New Jersey utility.

In the second summer, after successful completion of the first summer, the fellow will join Cullen and Dykman’s Summer Associate Program and will be considered for an offer of full-time employment at the firm following law school graduation.

Eligible candidates for the summer of 2021 must be enrolled in good standing in a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. with an expected graduation date of Spring 2023. Law students who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Current resume.
  • Law school transcript (unofficial or official).
  • Legal writing sample.
  • A personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) that describes the applicant’s interest in participating in the fellowship and how the applicant will contribute meaningfully to diversity initiatives in the legal profession.

Candidates will interview with attorneys from both Cullen and Dykman and New Jersey American Water.

Applications for the summer of 2021 must be received by January1, 2021. Applications should be submitted by email in a single Adobe PDF file to Adele Mauro, Human Resources Manager, amauro@cullenllp.com.  Please put in the subject line “NJAW Diversity Fellowship – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME”.


Cullen and Dykman Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

Already recognized as a “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys” by Law360, as well as a top ten “Ceiling Smasher,” Cullen and Dykman is committed to fostering programs that empower and prepare the next generation of diverse leaders at the firm. The Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program will be awarded annually to one first year (or second year evening) law student who demonstrates a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and/or community. In addition to a paid summer fellowship, the Fellow will have the opportunity to return the following year as part of the firm’s Summer Associate Program and will receive an award of up to $10,000. During the program, the Fellow will have the opportunity to experience the firm’s various practice areas while interacting with many different partners and associates.

Candidates for the summer of 2021 must be enrolled in good standing in a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States with an expected graduation date of Spring 2023. Candidates must submit the following:

  • Current resume.
  • Law school transcript (unofficial or official).
  • Legal writing sample.
  • A personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) that describes the applicant’s interest in participating in the fellowship and how the applicant will contribute meaningfully to diversity initiatives in the legal profession.

Applications will be accepted through January 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted by email in a single Adobe PDF file to Adele Mauro, Human Resources Manager, amauro@cullenllp.com. Please put in the subject line “Cullen and Dykman Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME”.

For more information, please visit: https://www.cullenllp.com/diversity-and-inclusion-fellowships/diversity-and-inclusion-fellowship/


Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award

Paul Hastings is committed to building a diverse team of professionals and fostering an inclusive work environment. As part of that commitment, we are pleased to offer the Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award to select first or second-year law students.

Recipients of the Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award will receive a paid 1L and/or 2L summer associate position and a $10,000 scholarship to be distributed as follows: $5,000 will be awarded upon joining our summer program; $5,000 will be awarded upon joining the firm as a full-time associate following graduation from law school.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligibility

We welcome applications from all 1L and 2L law students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and contributing to the firm’s diversity goals as a result of background, experience, personal attributes or characteristics
  • Apply and receive an offer to join the Paul Hastings summer program in one of our U.S. offices
  • Are likely to practice after graduation in one of our U.S. offices
  • 1L applicants must submit a completed application by February 19, of their 1L year
  • 2L applicants must submit a completed application by January 18, of their 2L year
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1 and August 31.

Selection Criteria

Recipients will be selected based on the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and contributing to the firm’s diversity goals
  • Undergraduate and law school academic performance
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Community service
  • Commitment to succeed as a lawyer in a large, private practice environment
  • Personal statement


Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Diversity Scholarship

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion among our attorneys and other professionals, and believe that including attorneys and staff members from diverse backgrounds is a critically important element in providing quality legal services to our clients and a productive working environment for our team members. In furtherance of our efforts to recruit, retain, and promote attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm, we are pleased to offer the Shumaker Diversity Scholarship. The Shumaker Diversity Scholarship is one example of how we seek candidates who demonstrate personal and professional excellence, and who bring diverse life experiences to our team.

The Shumaker Diversity Scholarship provides, in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s discretion, a $7,500.00 scholarship to one (1) or two (2) outstanding first or second year law students who are enrolled at an ABA accredited law school and who participate in the firm’s summer associate program, to assist in offsetting his or her law school expenses. The scholarship is in addition to the salary paid to the student for his or her Summer Associate position.

The Shumaker Diversity Scholarship is available to students who are members of underrepresented or minority groups. Applicants must have outstanding undergraduate and law school academic credentials, demonstrated leadership abilities, and community involvement. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to practice law after graduating from law school in the geographic area of one of our firm’s offices.

Eligibility for the Shumaker Diversity Scholarship requires that the recipient participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program following his or her first or second year of law school, for a minimum of eight weeks. Shumaker will select the office in which the student will work, but will attempt to place the student in the office location of his or her choice. The scholarship will be paid upon the student’s completion of the firm’s summer associate program.

Students who are interested in applying for the Shumaker Diversity Scholarship must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed application form, together with a current law school transcript.
  2. A current resume, including a description of the applicant’s academic and leadership skills, community involvement, and personal and professional accomplishments.
  3. A legal writing sample.
  4. Optional: Letters of recommendation from three academic or professional references or their contact information.

Applications should be sent via email to: wsmartin@shumaker.com.

Find more information and application materials here.


Miller Nash Graham & Dunn First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP (MNGD), a full-service law firm with offices located in the Pacific Northwest and California, is dedicated to providing superior and comprehensive legal services to a wide range of the region’s prominent businesses, nonprofits, public entities, and individuals. We recognize that diversity is a fundamental part of providing quality legal services, but that historical disadvantages have led to the underrepresentation of certain diverse groups within the legal profession, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities, persons that identify as LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. MNGD is therefore dedicated to increasing and promoting diversity and representation of historically underrepresented groups, both within the firm and within the region’s legal, business, public-sector, and philanthropic communities.

As part of our mission to advance diversity and inclusion, MNGD has created a multifaceted Diversity Program that includes our 1L diversity fellowships. MNGD will be offering one fellowship in our Seattle office and one fellowship in our Portland office in 2020. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

APPLICANT CRITERIA

To apply for the fellowship, you must:

  • Be a first-year student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school
  • Intend to work, live, and practice law in the Pacific Northwest following graduation
  • Be willing and able to fill a summer associate position at MNGD for at least ten weeks
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, strong interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and meaningful contributions to the community

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED

1. Statement of interest (two- to five-pages), in which you describe the following:

  • Significant community-service organizations or projects in which you have participated
  • Leadership roles you have held and the lessons you have learned from those experiences
  • Other qualifications, professional experiences, life experiences, or indicators of success that you believe qualify you to aid MNGD in its mission to increase and promote diversity and inclusion as described in the first paragraph above

2. Current resume

3. Copy of your grades from your first semester of law school (you may send later if they are not available by our application deadline) and a copy of your undergraduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable for each)

4. List of three academic or professional references

5. Self-edited legal writing sample

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DETAILS

Applications for the first-year fellowship will be accepted beginning December 1, 2019, at millernash.com/careers. Please do not send materials prior to December 1.

Apply after December 1 by emailing the materials listed above as one combined PDF to:

  • MNRecruiting@millernash.com
  • Attention of Bethany Brown, Director of Legal Talent, Diversity & Inclusion

DEADLINE
5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 8, 2020


BINGHAM GREENEBAUM DOLL DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Bingham Greenebaum Doll is 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, Bingham Greenebaum Doll is committed to hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse team of employees who 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.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to offer the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Diversity Scholars Program. Participant candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Bingham Greenebaum Doll and the legal profession. The Scholars Program participant(s) will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program in the Indianapolis and/or Louisville Office. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, Scholars Program participants will receive $5,000. In addition, Scholars Program participants who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be enrolled and in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school.
  • Possess a record of academic achievement that demonstrates great promise for a successful legal career.
  • Applicants should want to be part of a talented and driven team, possess a high level of work intensity and value practicing law in a highly focused but collegial setting.
  • Factors considered in the selection of scholarship recipients include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.
  • Applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Eligible Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials:

  • Cover letter stating why or how your background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute to the diversity goals of Bingham Greenebaum Doll and the legal profession.
  • Cover letter should state office of interest, Indianapolis or Louisville. Please include why you are interested in the Indianapolis or Louisville legal market.
  • Current resume including law school and undergraduate GPAs.
  • Application materials must be received by Monday, January 20, 2020 (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).
  • Email application materials to: Shannon Williams; Chief Legal Talent Officer, swilliams@bgdlegal.com


DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

We believe that a diverse workforce provides better service to our clients and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff. We have thus made recruitment, retention, and promotion of attorneys who add to our overall diversity, including attorneys of color and underrepresented groups, a priority for our firm.

To help us meet our commitment to diversity, we have established the Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship Program. We offer a total of five scholarships in the following offices: Los Angeles (1), New York (1), Portland (1) Seattle (1), and Washington, D.C. (1). These consist of a paid Summer Associate position and $10,000 for the student’s second year tuition and expenses.

The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first-year law students of diverse backgrounds, who:

  • Have a record of academic achievement in both undergraduate school and the first year of law school that demonstrates promise for a successful career in law
  • Are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity and will continue that commitment upon entering the legal profession
  • Are committed to practicing in the Pacific Northwest after law school (for the Seattle and Portland offices only)

For more information on how to apply, please visit our website here.

Questions?
Hiroko Peraza
Sr. Manager of Attorney Recruiting & Inclusion
503.778.5356
HirokoPeraza@dwt.com


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 2L Diversity Scholarship Program

As part of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s (BCLP) ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, BCLP sponsors a scholarship program which awards diversity scholarships to up to four second-year law students. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses during the student’s final year of law school. Half of the scholarship will be paid after successful completion of our Summer Associate Program. The second half of the scholarship will be paid prior to the second semester of the recipient’s third year of law school, providing they have received and accepted an offer to join our firm as an associate following the completion of their legal education. For more information about eligibility and to apply please visit our website at https://www.bclplaw.com/en-US/careers/diversity-scholarship-program.html.


Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce that it has established a new diversity fellowship for a second-year law student that will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses.

The Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship recipient also would be a paid summer associate in our Dallas office who would participate in the Summer Associate Academy, training sessions and social and professional events and spend part of the summer working off-site at Toyota Motor North America, a firm client.

Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace - and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

Applicants for the 2L Diversity Fellowship need to apply between May 1-July 5, 2019, after they have completed their first year of law school. Norton Rose Fulbright will choose the fellowship recipient in fall 2019. The fellow would then work as a summer associate in summer 2020 and would agree to join Norton Rose Fulbright as a full-time associate in its Dallas office upon graduating from law school or completion of a judicial clerkship.

Law students encouraged to apply include highly motivated members of diverse populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and socio-economic minorities.

What is the Fellowship?
Norton Rose Fulbright's Diversity Fellowship provides up to US$10,000.00 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) in scholarship funds to assist with law school tuition and related expenses. The Fellow will receive a paid 2L summer associate position. This Fellowship is awarded to one (1) highly motivated second-year law student. In order to receive the full amount of the scholarship, eligible candidates must receive and accept an offer to return to Norton Rose Fulbright as a full-time associate following law school graduation or the completion of a judicial clerkship. The award will be paid in two (2) installments: one (1) US$5,000.00 payment upon acceptance of Norton Rose Fulbright's offer to join as a 2L summer associate and one (1) US$5,000.00 payment upon commencing full-time employment with Norton Rose Fulbright following law school graduation or the completion of a judicial clerkship. Should the student either not receive a full-time offer or decline the firm's full-time offer, the student will be ineligible to receive the second installment of US$5,000.00.

Eligibility
Eligible candidates must be enrolled, in good standing and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the US with an expected graduation date in spring 2021. Norton Rose Fulbright encourages students attending Texas law schools to apply, including students at:

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law
  • The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law
  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center

Interested applicants should be authorized to work in the US and have a strong interest in joining our Dallas office as a full-time associate upon graduating from law school or the completion of a judicial clerkship. Students may not be the recipient of a diversity scholarship award from another law firm during the award year. Furthermore, candidates must be able to participate in the entirety of Norton Rose Fulbright's 2020 Summer Program in the Dallas office; split summers between Norton Rose Fulbright offices and/or another employer are not permitted.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the ability to provide documentation proving authorization to work in the United States, and the successful completion and satisfactory results of a conflicts check and background search.

The application process is open to all rising second-year law students (class of 2021) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Mentoring
The Fellow will be assigned a Fellowship Mentor. The Mentor will be assigned as soon as the Fellowship has been awarded and will continue throughout the year. The Mentor will serve as a liaison between the student and the firm and will help guide the Fellow's professional growth before, during and after participation in the firm's summer program.

Application process and requirements
Norton Rose Fulbright will accept applications from candidates between May 1, 2019 and July 5, 2019. All applications will be reviewed by Norton Rose Fulbright's Diversity Fellowship Selection Committee, which will be composed of members of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion and Hiring Committees. Finalists will also be interviewed after applications are submitted. The Fellow will be notified in early Fall 2019.

Please note that if you submit your application for the Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowship but are not chosen to interview for the program, you are still eligible for consideration for Norton Rose Fulbright's 2020 Summer Program.

A complete application must include:

  • Submission of a complete and accurate application form
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or personal though at least one reference should be an academic reference)
  • A personal statement, not to exceed 500 words, that describes your talents, experiences, how diversity and inclusion in the academic or other environment has had a personal impact, and how you would contribute to or advance diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright

While we do require you to submit a law school transcript as part of your application, we understand that some law schools may not release first-year grades by our submission deadline. If this is the case, please include the grades you have received at the time of your submission. You may supplement your application with a final transcript by emailing it to usdiversityfellowship@nortonrosefulbright.com.

Download the Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowship application.
Download the EEO self-ID application.

Selection criteria
The Fellow must meet the academic and hiring criteria of Norton Rose Fulbright's summer associate program. Other factors the Selection Committee will consider include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Academic and personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Work experience
  • Interest in Norton Rose Fulbright

Completed applications should be submitted to usdiversityfellowship@nortonrosefulbright.com by 11:59 pm ET on July 5, 2019 in a single Adobe PDF file. Please title the subject line of your email: YOUR NAME: 2020 Diversity Fellowship Program Application. Please note that only completed and timely applications are guaranteed consideration. Applications submitted after the final deadline and/or missing any of the required materials will be reviewed at the firm's discretion.


ES Scholars

Established in 2005, Eversheds Sutherland Scholars is an intensive three-week summer program for recent college graduates headed to law school or rising college seniors from a variety of personal and cultural backgrounds. The award-winning program, offered in Eversheds Sutherland's Atlanta and Washington DC offices, is offered at no cost and is designed to introduce students to the rigors of law school. Scholars are exposed to topics such as how to navigate the law school admission process, what to expect during the first year of law school, and getting a job upon graduation. The program engages a law professor to teach introductory classes in Contracts and Legal Research & Writing (with exams), provides the scholars with a chance to hear from and visit with a variety of legal professionals and includes a modest stipend. In 2018, Eversheds Sutherland announced its partnership with Turner to co-host its Scholars program in the Atlanta office and renamed it as Turner Eversheds Sutherland Scholars.

The first year of law school can be challenging. The Scholars program helps to demystify the law school experience by exposing students to everything they will need to be successful. Eversheds Sutherland attorneys and other legal professionals lead intensive roundtable discussions that include:

  • Opportunities to Excel in Law School: Law Review, Moot Court, Mock Trials and Clinical Programs
  • How to Form an Effective Study Group
  • Tips on Building Relationships with Professors
  • Legal Research and Writing Techniques
  • Business Etiquette Training
  • Preparing for Life After Law School

Eligibility Criteria:
Eversheds Sutherland Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis. Applicants will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to recent college graduates headed to law school or rising college seniors with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submission of a completed application and supporting documents by the application deadline

The application deadlines are:

  • Atlanta: Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Washington: Friday, June 21, 2019

To apply, please visit https://www.esscholars.com/Home

If you have any questions, please send your email to ESscholars@eversheds-sutherland.com.


Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is proud of its steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion, and in particular, to advancing the recruitment, development and retention of diverse attorneys at the firm. In furtherance of this commitment, the Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program (the "Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program") provides top first year law students with the opportunity to work in the legal industry and engage in diversity and inclusion efforts. Continuing to build on the legacy of founding partner Robert Strauss, the firm has long recognized that a workforce of lawyers and staff from diverse social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds is an important component of outstanding client service.

The Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program spans two summers, with the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars working both at the firm and at a firm client during the first summer (as rising 2Ls). The next summer (rising third year), the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars join the firm as participants in the firm's general summer associate program.

FIRST SUMMER: Following their first-year of law school, the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars first spend six weeks with the firm working on legal matters. They then spend at least four weeks at a firm client. The firm will place the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars directly with a firm client.

SECOND SUMMER: During the second summer at the firm, the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars join Akin Gump's Summer Associate Program in their selected offices. Like all other summer associates, they are eligible for consideration for an offer of employment to join the firm as an associate in one of the firm's commercial practices following their law school graduations.

COMMITMENT: The firm expects Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars to return for a second summer. Accordingly, they will not have to participate in the on-campus interview process during the fall of their second year. In the event that the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholar's performance does not meet the firm's standards, the firm may decline to ask the student to return for the second summer, or it may decline to make an offer of future employment as an associate.

ELIGIBILITY
The scholarships will be awarded to students who evidence a commitment to diversity in the legal profession, demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the legal profession, demonstrate excellence and can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm. Open to exceptional law students completing their first-year of law school at an ABA accredited law school in 2019 and who expect to graduate from law school in late 2020 or by summer 2021. 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 and inclusion. 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.

COMPENSATION
Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars are paid the summer associate salary while employed by the firm as well as a scholarship of $25,000. They receive the first half of the scholarship ($12,500) upon honoring their commitment to return to the firm as a 2L summer associate. The second half of the scholarship ($12,500) is paid upon the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars' commitment to return to the firm as a first year associate following their law school graduations.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications for the program will be accepted, and considered on a rolling basis, between January 2, 2019 and February 15, 2019. First-year law students interested in the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship must submit an application in order to be considered. The application should include a resume, transcript (uncertified is acceptable) and writing sample. In addition, each candidate is required to submit a short statement (no more than 750 words) describing your demonstrated academic and leadership achievements and commitment to diversity. The firm is currently accepting applications for Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars in its Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices.

Applications must be submitted through our online application system. Please visit: http://bit.ly/SDISresume and click to apply under Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars. The firm recognizes that first-semester grades at some law schools are not released until early February; accordingly, we will accept applications without the transcript, to be supplemented once grades are released.

Candidates may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office. The firm will consider only applications that contain all of the requested documents, and offers will not be extended before the firm has received the applicant's full transcript. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we expect the selection of the 2019 Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars to be completed by early March.

QUESTIONS
Questions about the Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship should be directed to:
dallasrecruiting@akingump.com (Dallas office)
houstonrecruiting@akingump.com (Houston office)
larecruiting@akingump.com (Los Angeles office)
dcrecruiting@akingump.com (Washington, D.C. office)

Additional information regarding the Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program is available at https://www.akingump.com.


PERKINS COIE 1L FELLOWSHIPS

Perkins Coie offers a variety of fellowships for 1L law students. All 1L fellowships provide students a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school. The application period for 2019 1L fellowships has ended; the application period for the summer of 2020 will begin on December 1, 2019. Please check our website (https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/about-us/careers/summer-program/1l-opportunities.html) for additional details.

1L Diversity Fellowship
Perkins Coie is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities. Since 1991 we have been pleased to offer more than 100 fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds.

1L Patent Litigation & Patent Fellowships
The Perkins Coie Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships provide a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position following the first year of law school for 1L students with particular technical backgrounds and an interest in patent litigation and/or patent prosecution. Our summer associates work on real legal matters while working for and learning from attorneys who service the needs of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a variety of industries around the nation. Few firms, if any, have our patent litigation expertise and our deep technical bench. In 2018, Law360 name Perkins Coie as one of the top “Firms That Dominated the Federal Circuit” three years in a row, ranking number one for win percentage (85 percent) and third in total victories in 2018.

1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship (Washington, D.C. only)
The Perkins Coie Political Law Diversity Fellowship provides a $15,000 academic scholarship and an opportunity to work as a summer associate with one of the largest and most prestigious political law practices in the country. Our political law attorneys handle matters involving all aspects of the political process from campaign financing to election-related litigation. Members of the political law group regularly counsel clients on a variety of concerns related to political campaigns, corporate political activity and regulation, voting rights and other issues. Candidates for this fellowship should have a demonstrated interest in politics and a desire to specialize in political law after law school graduation. This fellowship is available only in our Washington, D.C. office.

1L Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program (Palo Alto only)
We have partnered with our client, Adobe, to create the Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program. This program provides a diverse first-year law student with the unique opportunity to spend part of the summer in the Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie, and part of the summer in-house at Adobe’s Silicon Valley headquarters. In addition to a paid summer position, program participants will receive a $15,000 academic scholarship. For more information, please visit PerkinsCoie.com/TwoStepsAhead or https://spark.adobe.com/page/u2uuNaQplSmr7/.

1L Technology Transactions and Privacy Fellowship (Seattle only)
The Perkins Coie Technology Transactions & Privacy Law fellowship provides students with a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid position as a 2019 summer associate in our Seattle office. Our Technology Transactions and Privacy group has more than 70 attorneys who concentrate on structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide variety of arrangements to acquire, develop, protect and distribute technologies, both domestically and internationally. Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in and/or work experience in legal issues around emerging technology, both internet-based technologies and physical products, as well as privacy law and commercial operations of businesses.

1L Privacy & Data Security Fellowship (Seattle or Palo Alto)
The Perkins Coie Privacy & Data Security fellowship provides students with a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid position as a 2019 summer associate in our Seattle, Palo Alto or Washington, D.C. offices. Perkins Coie’s Privacy & Data Security group represents some of the world’s leading Internet companies, wired and wireless communications providers, brick-and-mortar retailers and emerging online businesses. The group has repeatedly been ranked nationally in the Privacy & Security category by Chambers USA. Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in privacy law plus an engineering or technology background or experience in the technology sector or policymaking (e.g., working on a congressional staff).


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