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Norton Rose Fulbright launches diversity scholarship for first-year law students
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce that it has established a new diversity fellowship for first-year law students. Fellows will receive a US$10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses (in addition to summer associate pay), along with a summer associate position in our Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Antonio, St. Louis or Washington, DC, office.
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.
The law firm is seeking candidates in their first-year of law school who are committed to promoting diversity and who, ideally, have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools and/or workplaces. In evaluating candidates for the Diversity Fellowship Program, Norton Rose Fulbright will consider personal achievements, academic achievements and demonstrated leadership ability.
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 the firm's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.
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.
To apply for the fellowship, you must:
APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
1. Statement of interest (two- to five-pages), in which you describe the following:
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:
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.
Eligible Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials:
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 67 fellowships.
The deadline for the 2020 Wetmore Fellowship Program is January 10, 2020. For more information about the Fellowship and/or our other 1L opportunities, please visit our recruiting website at https://careers.mofo.com/law-students/.
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 2020 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 2022. Law students who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit the following:
Candidates will interview with attorneys from both Cullen and Dykman and New Jersey American Water.
Applications for the summer of 2020 must be received by March 1, 2020. Please submit your application package to:
Ms. Adele Mauro
Human Resources Manager
Cullen and Dykman LLP
Garden City Center
100 Quentin Roosevelt Boulevard
Garden City, New York 11530-4850
Please include “NJAW Diversity Fellowship” in the subject line.
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 2020 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 2022. Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2020. Candidates should send their resume, law school transcript, and legal writing sample along with a brief personal statement (500 words) describing the applicant’s interest in Cullen and Dykman, academic achievements, and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and/or community to Adele Mauro, Human Resources Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit: https://www.cullenllp.com/careers/summer-program/diversity-and-inclusion-fellowships/diversity-and-inclusion-fellowship/.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 2020 Diversity Scholarship Program
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is pleased to announce its 2020 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 2020.
This merit based program is open to 2L students in a full-time JD program (with expected graduation in 2021).
Applicants are considered across several factors, including:
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 2020 summer associate program.
Additional information regarding the application process with respect to the scholarship opportunity will be provided to all 2L students invited for a Firm interview.
Submissions will be accepted May 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.
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:
For more information on how to apply, please visit our website here.
Sr. Manager of Attorney Recruiting & Inclusion
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
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:
Completed applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
Eversheds Sutherland Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis. Applicants will be considered based on the following criteria:
The application deadlines are:
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.
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.
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.
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 about the Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship should be directed to:
email@example.com (Dallas office)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Houston office)
email@example.com (Los Angeles office)
firstname.lastname@example.org (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).
BARNES & THORNBURG DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
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 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.
2019 Diversity Scholarship applications are available online December 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019.
Please apply online using the following links:
Applying for the Diversity Scholarship
Eligible applicants must submit the following materials through our online application process:
Reed Smith / The Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program 2018
Reed Smith LLP is a global relationships law firm. With offices spanning the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we are an entity as diverse as the continents across which we practice and the clients that we serve. We recognize, however, that diverse structure alone does not define true diversity. Instead, at Reed Smith we strive to realize the true value of our constituents - attorneys, staff and clients - by fully integrating their unique talents and perspectives into every aspect of our business. To sustain and grow the strength of our team, Reed Smith is committed to supporting a variety of pipeline diversity initiatives to diverse students entering the legal profession even before they start law school and continues through graduation and beyond. We support diverse law students by providing the tools and opportunities to succeed in law school and in the legal profession through our participation in diversity initiatives such as the Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program.
The Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program
Our Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program provides an award in the amount of $20,000 and a summer associate position to two law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The award is to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to the recipient’s legal education and will be paid in addition to the summer associate salary. Summer associate positions in 2019 are available in the following Reed Smith offices: Century City, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Richmond, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tysons, Washington D.C., and Wilmington.
Required Submission Materials
Applications must be received on or before July 20, 2018.
If you have any questions regarding the Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program, please contact: Cassidy Martin, U.S. Legal Recruiting Assistant.
Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship Program
At Brown Rudnick, we believe strongly that having a rich diversity of life experience in the workplace adds significant value, both for us and our clients. We are committed to the ensuring the equitable and inclusive treatment of all members of our community.
Our 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship Program is an essential component of this commitment. A unique program that provides Fellows with a comprehensive and compensated summer associate experience and additional scholarship, our Fellowship is open to all first year law students who are the first in their families to have graduated college.
The Fellowship is open to all first-year law students enrolled at ABA accredited law schools who:
Although demonstrated need may be taken into account, applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances.
Fellows are eligible to receive up to $22,500 in scholarship assistance:
This scholarship is in addition to the regular compensation paid to students for their Summer Associate position.
Mentoring and Professional Development
In addition to being assigned associate and partner advisors like all summer associates, Fellows will be partnered with a Brown Rudnick mentor who will serve as a professional and academic resource throughout the Fellows’ remaining time in law school. Fellows will also be invited to attend social gatherings, professional and business development trainings, and other events throughout the academic year, where appropriate.
Students who are interested in applying for the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship must submit the following documents:
The deadline for submitting an application for the Fellowship is January 31, 2018. Apply here.
If you have any questions regarding the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship Program, please contact Molly Childs, Legal Recruitment Manager, at email@example.com.
2018 Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program
At Blank Rome, we believe that a diverse and inclusive work force provides better service to our clients and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff. We have therefore made it a priority of the Firm to recruit, retain, and promote attorneys who add to our overall diversity, including attorneys of color and members from the LGBTQ community.
To help meet our commitment to diversity, we launched the Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program (“Program”).
The Program, established in 2006, serves to attract outstanding law students to our New York and Washington D.C. offices. Students selected to participate in the Program will be awarded:
The scholar will also benefit from the active and committed training and mentorship from Blank Rome partners and associates throughout the Program.
Any first-year day and second-year evening law student meeting the following requirements may apply to the diversity scholarship program in the New York or Washington D.C. offices:
Accepting applications from 1L Day and 2L Evening law students between December 1, 2017 and January 19, 2018 (11:59 PM EST).
To apply, please visit: www.BlankRome.com/DiversityScholars.
Please direct questions to Nk Udogwu at NUdogwu@BlankRome.com.
Arent Fox 13th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program
Arent Fox LLP is accepting applications from second-year law students for the 13th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be awarded to one second-year law student in each of the following offices: Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
Arent Fox's 2018 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the entire 2018 Summer Program. The $20,000 scholarship will be paid in two installments: $10,000 during the student's 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 until 11:59 pm (local time) on September 15, 2017. To apply for the Scholarship Program, please submit the required materials listed in the downloadable FAQ.
Please submit your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Washington, DC office; email@example.com for the New York office; and firstname.lastname@example.org for the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
New York, NY
Erica B. Klein
Senior Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA/San Francisco, CA
Attorney Recruitment Manager
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 2018 Diversity Scholarship
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce its 2017 Diversity Scholarship program. We are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion among our attorneys and other professionals. 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 a $7,500 scholarship to two (2) outstanding first or second year law students who are enrolled at an ABA accredited law school and who participates 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.
For more information on this program, including eligibility, the application process, and deadlines, please click here.
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP and Eversource Energy Legal Department 2017 Diversity Scholar Program Joint 1L Summer Associate Experience
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP and Eversource Energy Legal Department will provide a law student of a diverse background a unique opportunity to participate in their summer associate programs. The selected student will spend half of the summer at Eversource Energy 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 Sandak & Hennessey, 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 Sandak & Hennessey and Eversource Energy 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 were 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 first year law students.
All 1L students of diverse backgrounds at ABA accredited law schools are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be selected based on academic, personal and professional achievement.
Interested candidates should submit:
2017 Program Application Deadline: March 3, 2017
Please send applications to:
Laurie Logan-Priscott, Director of Human Resources and Professional Development
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
50 Leavenworth Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Candidates selected for interviews will meet with attorneys from both Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey & Eversource Energy Legal Department.
Foster Pepper 1L Diversity Fellowship Summer 2017
Diversity enriches our workplace and enhances our ability to best serve our clients. With this belief in mind, Foster Pepper established its own 1L Diversity Fellowship, which provides one summer associate with a paid position in our Seattle office, plus a $7,500 academic scholarship to be applied toward tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year.
To further our commitment, Foster Pepper:
Any individual with a diverse background who:
Eligible applicants should submit these materials:
Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2016 through January 10, 2017.
Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program
Latham’s 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to spend half their summer in one of our US offices and the remaining half in-house in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows participate in the program for a total of eight to ten weeks during the summer. We seek students who are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and who also possess a long-term interest in practicing law in a global law firm.
Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer, and are eligible to earn an offer for our 2L Diversity Scholars Program, a $25,000 scholarship. 1L Fellows are also invited to participate in our annual Diversity Leadership Academy and receive valuable networking, training, and mentoring opportunities.
For more information on this program, including eligibility, the application process, and deadlines, please visit: https://www.lw.com/1LFellowship.
Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program
Latham’s 2L Diversity Scholars Program awards select second-year law school students from ABA-accredited law schools a progressive scholarship of US$25,000. The first $10,000 of the scholarship will be paid upon starting as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins, and the balance of $15,000 will be paid upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. Our 2L Diversity Scholars are also invited to participate in our annual Diversity Leadership Academy and receive valuable networking, training and mentoring opportunities.
For more information on this program, including eligibility, the application process, and deadlines, please visit: https://www.lw.com/AboutUs/Diversity/2L.
Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy
Latham’s Diversity Leadership Academy brings together Latham lawyers from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States, with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our lawyers, recruits, and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Diversity Leadership Academy is a three-day, firm-sponsored professional development and training program providing first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process and transition from law student to practicing attorney.
For more information on the program, including eligibility, the application process, and deadlines, please visit: www.lw.com/DiversityLeadershipAcademy.
Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship
Ropes & Gray has long been a proponent of law firm inclusion and diversity, with a dedicated mission to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds. To further promote inclusion and diversity within the legal profession, the firm created the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship, named after our beloved retired partner. Mr. Trimmier was the firm’s first African American partner and a leader of our efforts.
This scholarship provides a $25,000 award (less all required income and payroll taxes) to up to five outstanding second-year law students to offset the expenses of their legal education, and includes a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school. The funds will be paid out half upon completion of the summer program, and half upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm.
The scholarship will be awarded to applicants who exemplify the accomplishment, leadership and dedication that were the hallmarks of Mr. Trimmier’s life, and who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
In addition to meeting the rigorous academic and hiring criteria of Ropes & Gray’s entry-level recruiting program, successful applicants for the scholarship must show:
The application process for summer 2017 will be open from May 16 – August 19, 2016. Application information can be found at www.ropesgray.com/firm/diversity.
Questions should be directed to Lindsay N. Kendrick, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, at email@example.com or +1 212 596 9207.
Wiley Rein Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar Program
Wiley Rein LLP is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for a 1L to join our 2016 summer program. In addition to Wiley Rein’s traditional 10 week summer program, our 1L will have the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar Program, which includes attending a professional development summit and access to various networking opportunities. LCLD is an organization that aims to increase diversity within law firms and in-house legal departments.Summer associates participate in matters similar to those of our first-year associates, manage their own dockets, and, in accordance with our free market system, select their own assignments. We offer our summer associates stimulating and challenging work, allowing them to showcase their abilities while working directly with supervising partners and associates. Throughout the program, summer associates will have the opportunity to learn more about our firm’s culture, share in engaging social events with their mentors and other attorneys, and develop legal and professional skills through hands-on training provided by our attorneys.
Wiley Rein is a Washington-based firm that specializes in a wide range of regulatory and litigation based practice areas. Our challenging and rewarding summer program furnishes students with a first-hand experience of our firm’s unique culture, familial environment, and unparalleled expertise. Wiley Rein looks for applicants with strong credentials, experience, and initiative who share our dedication to our clients and community. We hire not only the best students, but the best people.
We will review applications beginning December 1, 2015. Applications can be submitted via e-mail or through our application system. We will consider all applicants who submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and reference list. Correspondence can be directed to Kathy Schmidt, Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “LCLD 1L Scholar Application” in the email subject line and in your cover letter.
Point of Contact
Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development
Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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 2016.
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 2016 1L Diversity Fellowship Program from December 1, 2015, through January 10, 2016. 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.
Philadelphia Diversity Law Group
Pepper Hamilton is a member of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG), an organization that creates programs to enhance recruitment and retention of lawyers of diverse backgrounds by law firms and corporate law departments in the Philadelphia region. Through the PDLG, Pepper hires one diverse law student as a first-year summer fellow.
Villanova University School of Law
Pepper’s pioneering partnership with the Villanova University School of Law is multifaceted and has earned the George B. Vashon Innovator Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association – a high honor that is “given to in-house legal departments, law firms, and bar associations that have led the way with innovative best practices to assist diverse attorneys.”
Each year continuing in perpetuity, Villanova Law School awards two, three-year, full tuition scholarships in Pepper’s name. The primary scholarship recipients are racial or ethnic minorities, and the scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need. As part of the Pepper Hamilton Pathways Program, the firm hires two Villanova School of Law minority students as first-year summer fellows.
Pepper also is perpetual sponsor of Villanova’s Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote address held during the school’s annual week-long commemoration of the life of Dr. King. The lecture provides an opportunity for Pepper to work directly with Villanova’s minority student organizations in identifying speakers.
MILBANK DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Diversity Scholars Program awards a salaried 2L summer associate position and a $25,000 scholarship, distributed during the selected student’s third year of law school. Our summer program will give you a real view of what life is like at Milbank as a full-time associate. Summer associates are mentored by partners and associates throughout the firm and have the opportunity to work with them on challenging deals and cases. Summer associates rotate through the Firm’s practice areas during a ten-week period. 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. 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. Students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented at large law firms are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be received between June 1st and August 15th. Interested students must submit a current resume, law school transcript and essay via our on-line application system by clicking here. For more information about Milbank’s diversity initiative, please visit us on our web site at www.milbank.com/careers/law-students/diversity/index.html.
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. and Eversource Energy Legal Department 2016 Diversity Scholar Program Joint Summer Associate Experience
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. and Eversource Energy Legal Department will provide a law student of a diverse background a unique opportunity to participate in their summer associate programs. The selected student will spend half of the summer at Eversource 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 Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, a major Connecticut law firm, 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 Updike, Kelly & Spellacy and Eversource are committed to the recruitment and retention of attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Eversource and Updike, Kelly & Spellacy are active in the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (formerly the Connecticut Lawyers Group) and were 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 first and second year law students.
All students of diverse backgrounds at ABA accredited law schools are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be selected based on academic, personal and professional achievement.
Interested candidates should submit:
**Please note: Candidates must include all of the application materials referenced above to be considered for this role.
2016 Program Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Please submit applications to Sam Riga at: Samuel.Riga@Eversource.com
Candidates selected for interviews will meet with attorneys from both Updike, Kelly & Spellacy and Eversource Legal Department.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.
For the Los Angeles 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 New York 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 Washington D.C. Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.
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.
THE COOLEY LLP 2016 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.
* In order to receive the second payment of the fellowship award, a Cooley Diversity Fellow must receive and accept an offer to return to the firm following the Fellow's 2L year and must not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017. To receive the final payment of the fellowship award, a Cooley Diversity Fellow must receive and accept an offer of full-time employment and join the firm as a full-time first year associate or as a full-time associate post-judicial clerkship.
The eligibility, selection criteria and application process for the program are as follows:
We welcome applications from all law students who:
Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:
Applications must include:
Please note that with the exception of the law school transcript, all of the required information must be complete and attached before the application can be submitted. Upon receipt of first term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 1L students in the 2015-2016 academic year, applications must be received by January 4, 2016. Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews.
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 email@example.com 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