Member Diversity Initiatives

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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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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants will be considered under the same high academic standard applied to all summer associate candidates.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Applicants must accept Reed Smith’s offer to join the 2019 Summer Program following the completion of their second year of law school.
  • Applicants must be matriculated at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Required Submission Materials

  • Completed Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement (750 words or less)
  • Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Legal Writing Sample
  • Undergraduate Transcript (official)

To Apply

  • Download a copy of the 2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Application.
  • The subject line should read “Diverse Scholars” and also indicate the Reed Smith office in which you are interested.
  • Send completed application and required materials to DiverseScholars@reedsmith.com.

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.


Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 2019 Diversity Scholarship Program

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is pleased to announce its 2019 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 18 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 2019.

This merit based program is open to 2L students in a full-time JD program (with expected graduation in 2020).

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 2019 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 the 2019 2L Summer Associate position on the Nelson Mullins career page: https://www.nelsonmullins.com/careers.

Please respond ‘yes’ when asked if you are interested in being considered for the diversity scholarship.

Submissions will be accepted May 1, 2018 through September 1, 2018.


Akin Gump / Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship

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 firm is pleased to offer the Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship (the “Strauss Scholarship”). Akin Gump and the firm’s founding partner, Robert Strauss, recognize that a workforce comprised of employees from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, economic and cultural backgrounds is an important component to providing outstanding client service.

The Strauss Scholarship provides a $25,000 scholarship to five (5) outstanding second year (2L) law students at accredited law schools in the United States to offset expenses for their third year of law school. Other components of the scholarship include a paid second year (2L) summer associate position at the firm, along with a dedicated attorney mentor. Office locations include Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. The scholarships will be awarded to those students who demonstrate significant academic, leadership and/ or professional accomplishments, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Applicants must have excellent undergraduate and law school academic performance and evidence of leadership abilities, personal and professional accomplishments, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity. Akin Gump seeks candidates who will thrive in meeting the firm’s core competencies: Ownership, Professional Excellence, Service and Teamwork and Client Focus; and who have demonstrated evidence of the firm’s core values: Collegiality, Commitment, Excellence, Integrity and Intensity.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to be considered for the Strauss Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2020 at the time of application. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program following their second year of law school. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm. The first half of the scholarship will be paid upon successful completion of the firm’s summer associate program. The second half of the scholarship will be paid prior to the second semester of the student’s third year of law school, provided that they have received and accepted an offer to join the firm as an associate following the completion of their legal education.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications for the program will be accepted, and considered on a rolling basis, between July 2, 2018 and September 28, 2018. Law students interested in the Strauss Scholarship must submit the following materials in order to be considered:

  1. A completed application form (stating office preference), current resume and law school transcript
  2. A personal statement (no more than 750 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated academic and leadership achievements and commitment to diversity
  3. A legal writing sample
  4. Contact information for three academic or professional references

Applications must be submitted through our online application system. Please visit: http://www.akingump.com/en/careers/students/recruiting-process/submit-a-resume.html and click to apply under Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity Scholars. You will need to upload the above listed required documents at the end of the application process. Candidates may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office.

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


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.

Program Details

Eligibility

The Fellowship is open to all first-year law students enrolled at ABA accredited law schools who:

  • Are the first in their families to graduate college;
  • Have an established record of academic achievement;
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to civic involvement that promotes equity, inclusion and diversity; and
  • Are committed to practicing in Boston or New York City after law school.

Although demonstrated need may be taken into account, applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances.

Scholarship

Fellows are eligible to receive up to $22,500 in scholarship assistance:

  • $5,000 after completing the summer associate program following their first year of law school, if in good standing and invited to return for 2L summer
  • $7,500 after completing the summer associate program following their second year of law school, if in good standing and invited to return as full time associate (provided Fellows do not split their summers between employers)
  • $10,000 upon starting as a full time associate at Brown Rudnick

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.

Application Requirements

Students who are interested in applying for the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. A personal statement of 500 words or less describing (i) your interest in practicing law in Boston or New York City and (ii) how you would help support fairness, inclusivity, and diversity in the legal community;
  3. An optional statement of 500 words or less describing the type of law you are most interested in practicing (e.g., IP, tax, bankruptcy/restructuring, litigation, corporate, etc.) and why;
  4. Official undergraduate transcript and law school grades (when they become available);
  5. A current resume;
  6. A legal writing sample (1L lawyering class brief accepted); and
  7. Three professional or academic references – at least one must be from a law school professor.

The deadline for submitting an application for the Fellowship is January 31, 2018. Apply here.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship Program, please contact Molly Childs, Legal Recruitment Manager, at recruiting@brownrudnick.com.


BINGHAM GREENEBAUM DOLL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP

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 announce the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship. 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 Scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program in the Indianapolis 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, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. In addition, 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.

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. Please include why you are interested in the Indianapolis legal market.
  • Current resume including law school and undergraduate GPAs.
  • Application materials must be received by February 12, 2018 (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


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:

  • A ten week salaried summer associate position in our highly regarded Summer Associate Program.
  • A $15,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be paid in two installments: 1) $7,500 for the student’s second-year tuition and expenses, payable in August of 2018, provided the student has received and accepted an offer to join the 2019 Summer Associate Program on a full-time basis; and 2) another $7,500 toward the student’s third-year of law school, provided the student receives and accepts an offer to return to Blank Rome as a full time Associate after graduation.

The scholar will also benefit from the active and committed training and mentorship from Blank Rome partners and associates throughout the Program.

Criteria

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:

  • Belong to one or more of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or to the LGBTQ community, or otherwise identify as diverse; and/or have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and community;
  • Possess excellent academic and personal achievements; and
  • Express commitment to bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to the Firm.

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.


K&L Gates Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

The LCLD 1L Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. It provides 1L students with valuable professional experiences while introducing them to the value of relationships and building networks with LCLD Member organizations. Our Charlotte, Charleston, Dallas, Raleigh, and Seattle offices will be hiring 1L law students in 2018 who will be eligible for selection as an LCLD 1L Scholar. For more information about the 1L Scholars Program, please visit the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity website.

While working at K&L Gates during the summer, the selected LCLD 1L Scholar will receive real-life experience on a broad range of projects typically seen by junior associates including research and writing assignments, accompanying our lawyers to court appearances, client meetings, and other key events. In addition, the 1L Scholar will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the LCLD 1L Scholars Mentor Program and attend the LCLD 1L Scholars Summit in Philadelphia in May 2018 with other 1L Scholars from around the United States.

The LCLD 1L Scholar will be awarded a paid 1L summer associate position in our Charlotte, Charleston, Dallas, Raleigh, or Seattle office.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 program was January 31, 2018. The application process is now closed.

Most questions regarding this Program are answered in the FAQs on our website.

To request additional information or for questions, please contact:

Dyana Barninger
Firmwide Associate Director of Legal Recruitment
dyana.barninger@klgates.com


K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship Program – Seattle Office

Now in its 14th year, we’re proud to sponsor the K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship for one first-year law student in our Seattle office.

The fellowship recipient will be awarded a paid 1L summer associate position in K&L Gates' Seattle office, plus a $10,000 academic scholarship.

Applications are accepted between December 1, 2017 and January 5, 2018. To be considered for our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. please apply here and submit the following:

  • Resume, including two to three references with contact information
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • A list of your Fall 2017 law school courses (or unofficial transcript if available)
  • A 5-10 page writing sample
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words describing the contributions you would like to make to the legal profession and to K&L Gates in particular (this may serve as your cover letter)

Most questions regarding this Fellowship are answered in the FAQs on our website. To request additional information, or to address any other questions, please contact:
Tia Chang
Legal Recruiting and Professional Development Coordinator
tia.chang@klgates.com
+ 1.206.370.5760


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 attorneyrecruit@arentfox.com for the Washington, DC office; nyattorneyrecruit@arentfox.com for the New York office; and laattorneyrecruit@arentfox.com for the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

Washington, DC
Michelle Fowle
Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
202.350.3773
Email Michelle

New York, NY
Erica B. Klein
Senior Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
212.484.3983
Email Erica

Los Angeles, CA/San Francisco, CA
Lauren Battaglia
Attorney Recruitment Manager
213.629.7411
Email Lauren


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.

Selection Criteria
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.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should submit:

  • A resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • A writing sample
  • A personal statement describing the contribution you would make to promote diversity in the legal profession, and an explanation your interest in this program in particular
  • Two references, including one from a law school professor or someone who can comment on your legal work

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
Fax 203-575-2600
Email llogan-priscott@carmodylaw.com

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:

  • Recruits and hires the most qualified diverse attorneys.
  • Promotes diverse attorneys to key leadership positions.
  • Maintains a work environment that fosters mutual respect firm-wide.

Eligibility

Any individual with a diverse background who:

  • Is enrolled and in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Demonstrates a record of strong academic achievement;
  • Contributes meaningfully to the diversity of their law school student body;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to practicing law in Seattle following graduation; and
  • Is committed to spending 10 weeks with the firm as a summer associate.

Eligible applicants should submit these materials:

  • A personal statement 500 words or fewer describing your interest in practicing law in Seattle and how you would contribute to the firm’s diversity and to the Seattle legal community;
  • A current resume;
  • Undergraduate transcript and law school grades (when they become available); and
  • Three professional or academic references. Please do not include letters of recommendation.

Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2016 through January 10, 2017.


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 six scholarships in the following offices: Los Angeles (1), New York (2), Portland (1) Seattle (1), and Washington, D.C. (1). These consist of a paid Summer Associate position and $7,500 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 and reach out to the contacts below if you have any questions.

Seattle and Washington, D.C. Scholarships
Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
206.757.8761
BrookDormaier@dwt.com

Portland, Los Angeles, New York Scholarships
Hiroko Peraza
Diversity Outreach Recruitment Manager
503.778.5356
HirokoPeraza@dwt.com


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 (earning US$3,470/week). 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: 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: 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.

THE AWARD
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.

CRITERIA
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:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Genuine interest in Ropes & Gray’s practice
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.

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 authorized to work in the United States

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 lindsay.kendrick@ropesgray.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 attorney_recruiting@wileyrein.com. Please reference “LCLD 1L Scholar Application” in the email subject line and in your cover letter.

Website Link
www.wileyrein.com

Point of Contact
Kathy Schmidt
Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development
Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
202.719.4204


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.

Program
The Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program offers fellowships to diverse first year law students and is comprised of four components:

  • A paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices during the summer of 2016;
  • Mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm;
  • Participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and
  • A $10,000 scholarship - Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; and offer an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after the completion of their 2L summer clerkship with us.

Eligibility
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be enrolled and 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 the diversity of the firm and legal community, and
  • Have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and its practice areas.

Application
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:

  • A completed Fellowship application form;
  • A directed, personal statement;
  • A current resume;
  • Undergraduate transcript - unofficial accepted (finalists will be asked to submit their first semester law school grades);
  • Legal writing sample;
  • Three professional or academic references - one must be a law school, graduate school or college professor; and
  • Domestic office preference for the summer clerkship.

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.

Questions
For questions and inquiries regarding the Fellowship, please contact Rhonda Grayson, Manager of Diversity at Fellowship@fr.com.

About Fish
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.

Selection Criteria
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.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should submit:

  • A resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • A writing sample
  • A personal statement describing the contribution you would make to promote diversity in the legal profession, and an explanation of your interest in this program in particular
  • Two references, including one from a law school professor or someone who can comment on your legal work

**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.

1L Applicants
To receive the entire award, the student must:

  • accept an offer to participate in the summer associate program;
  • successfully complete the summer associate program during their 1L summer;
  • return for at least two weeks of their 2L summer; and
  • receive and accept an offer to join our firm as an associate

2L Applicants
To receive the entire award, the student must:

  • accept an offer to participate in the summer associate program;
  • successfully complete the summer associate program; and
  • receive and accept an offer to join our firm as an associate

Eligibility
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including, law students who are members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups, are differently abled, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Enrollment in a full-time program at an ABA-accredited law school
  • Outstanding undergraduate and law school academic achievement
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Active involvement in the community

Application
The online application process will ask for the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • A persuasive legal writing sample
  • A personal statement of not more than 500 words that address the following questions:
    • Why is diversity important to you?
    • How have you been a leader and advanced diversity in your community?
    • How can diversity be improved in the legal profession?
  • The names of three (3) references who can attest to the applicant's character and work and/or academic performance

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 silverscholar@proskauer.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:

  • $25K as a financial award
  • The firm will make a $5K contribution in the Fellow’s honor to a non-profit organization that supports diversity (to be selected by the Fellow, with input from the firm)
  • Fellow will be invited to sit on the Firm’s Diversity Committee for a term beginning when new committee memberships are announced

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:

  • a resume,
  • a cover letter, and
  • unofficial law school transcript

For the Chicago Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to nicole.morden@kattenlaw.com. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.

For the Los Angeles Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to sabrina.eisenbrei@kattenlaw.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 nyc.recruiting@kattenlaw.com. Please reference “1L LCLD Summer Associate Application” in the email subject line.

For the Washington D.C. Office:
Applications should be submitted via email to judy.brown@kattenlaw.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:

  • The Fellowship will allow one Washington DC-based WilmerHale summer associate to split the summer between the firm and LDF.
  • WilmerHale summer associates who accept an offer in DC and are interested in participating will apply directly to the LDF by December 30, 2014.
  • Applications should include a statement of interest and a resume.
  • LDF will select a Fellow based on their hiring criteria and needs.
  • The selected Fellow will spend a minimum of five (5) weeks with the firm and five (5) weeks with the LDF.
  • The Fellow will continue to receive their standard weekly summer associate salary of $3,100 for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • LDF will conduct a performance evaluation of the Fellow that will be included in his/her summer associate file for review by the firm’s Hiring Committee.

If you have questions please contact Director, Diversity Kenneth Imo at 202-247-2017 or Managing Director, Legal Personnel Beth Miller at 202-247-4294.


AKIN GUMP ROBERT STRAUSS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

In furtherance of the steadfast commitment of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to diversity and inclusion, as well as the firm’s ongoing efforts to recruit, retain and promote attorneys who contribute to the diversity of the firm and the legal profession, the firm is pleased to offer the Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship (the “Strauss Scholarship”). Akin Gump and the firm’s founding partner, Robert Strauss, recognize that a workforce comprised of attorneys and staff from diverse social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds is an important component in providing outstanding client service. The firm is continually seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm and we have developed the Strauss Scholarship to advance this effort.

Description of the Program
The Strauss Scholarship provides a $25,000 scholarship for each of two outstanding second year law students at U.S. law schools to offset expenses for their third year of law school. The scholarships will be awarded to students who evidence their commitment to diversity in the legal profession, who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm. In addition to the financial award, the scholarships also provide mentoring from firm attorneys and a paid second year summer associate position in the firm’s New York or Washington, D.C. office.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must have excellent undergraduate and law school academic performance and evidence of leadership abilities, personal and professional accomplishments, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity. Akin Gump seeks candidates who will thrive in meeting the firm’s core competencies: Ownership, Professional Excellence, Service and Teamwork and Client Focus; and who have demonstrated evidence of the firm’s core values: Collegiality, Commitment, Excellence, Integrity and Intensity.

Eligibility
To be eligible to be considered for the Strauss Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2016 at the time of application. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program following their second year of law school. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm. The first half of the scholarship will be paid upon successful completion of the firm’s summer associate program. The second half of the scholarship will be paid prior to the second semester of the student’s third year of law school, provided that they have received and accepted an offer to join the firm as an associate following the completion of their legal education.

Application Process
Applications for the program will be accepted between July 14 through September 15, 2014. Law students interested in the Strauss Scholarship must submit the following materials in order to be considered:
1. A completed application form (stating office preference), current resume and law school transcript
2. A personal statement (no more than 750 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated academic and leadership achievements and commitment to diversity
3. A legal writing sample
4. Contact information for three academic or professional references.

Applications should be sent via email to: nylegalrecruiting@akingump.com (New York office) or dcrecruiting@akingump.com (Washington, D.C. office). The subject line should read “Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship.” Applications should be sent in one PDF document with the file name as follows: “Last_First_LawSchool_ AGOffice of Interest”—e.g. Smith_John_Michigan_DC.

Candidates may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office.

Questions
Questions about the Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship should be directed to:
nylegalrecruiting@akingump.com (New York office)
or
dcrecruiting@akingump.com (Washington, D.C. office)

For additional information about diversity at Akin Gump, please visit our website at http://www.akingump.com/en/our-firm/diversity/index.html.



BARNES & THORNBURG DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Barnes & Thornburg recognizes that a commitment to diversity requires action. We are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, and open culture made up of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds. We strive to sustain a work environment in which each individual’s perspective, background, skills, and abilities are valued. To achieve this mission, Barnes & Thornburg is committed to hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse team of employees that reflect the various communities in which we work. We strive to create a climate of inclusion, grow our talent pool, and foster innovation and creativity to compete in the global market.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to announce the Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Barnes &Thornburg and the legal profession. The Scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.

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:
    • Completed application form https://careers.btlaw.com/virecruitselfapply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=8&FilterJobCategoryID=13
    • Current resume including undergraduate GPA and law school GPA when available
    • A personal statement describing how their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of the firm.

APPLYING FOR THE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Interested first-year students should complete the on-line application at: https://careers.btlaw.com/virecruitselfapply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=8&FilterJobCategoryID=13

Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume (should include undergraduate GPA and law school GPA if available) and personal statement describing how or why their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. Application materials must be received by February 7, 2014 (if all law school grades are not received by the deadline date, please submit available grades and the remainder of grades can be submitted as they are received)


THE COOLEY LLP 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:

Eligibility

We welcome applications from all law students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2018 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2016 Summer Associate Program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016

Selection Criteria

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

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

Application Process

Applications must include:

  • Submission of 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 achievement of the selection criteria for the Diversity Fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Graduate program transcript(s), if applicable
  • Law school transcript (following the receipt of first term grades)

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 diversityfellowship@cooley.com.

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.

Please direct questions regarding our fellowship to Amie Santos, Cooley's Diversity and Inclusion Manager, at diversityfellowship@cooley.com. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Cooley here.


MORRISON & FOERSTER 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Morrison & Foerster is dedicated to investing in the next generation of lawyers, including the recruitment, retention and promotion of talented diverse lawyers. Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is an integral part of this long-term investment.

Each year, up to 10 fellowships are awarded to highly motivated first-year law students who are members of historically underrepresented ethnic and/or racial minority groups.

Fellows receive paid summer associate positions in one of the firm’s nine U.S. offices following the completion of their first year of law school. Assuming satisfactory performance during the 1L summer internship, fellows have the option to return as second-year summer associates.

Fellows receive a total of $15,000, which is paid in two equal amounts. The first amount is awarded at the time that the candidate accepts his or her offer to return as a second-year summer associate, and the second installment is paid when the candidate accepts an offer of full-time employment as an associate following the completion of his or her legal studies.

The program provides outstanding law students — each of whom has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement — with the opportunity to see, experience and benefit from working with talented colleagues. For 10 consecutive years, The American Lawyer has ranked us among the top 10 firms for overall diversity on its annual Diversity Scorecard. The excellence of our diverse lawyers has also been recognized in publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers, IFLR and Legal 500.

The deadline for the 2014 Diversity 1L Fellowship Program is January 3, 2014. For more information about the 1L Diversity Fellowship and/or our other 1L opportunities, please visit our recruiting website (http://www.mofocareers.com/current-openings/1L_Opportunities.html).


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 dlevin@reedsmith.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
2) Resume
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
Email: Kevinn.Villard@mto.com
Phone: (213) 683-9242


PERKINS COIE 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP-SUMMER 2013

Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that more accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities at large. Since 1991 we have been pleased to offer student fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year.

These offices are hosting a 2013 1L Diversity Fellow:
Bellevue, apply by January 14, 2013
Portland, apply by January 22, 2013
Chicago, apply by January 22, 2013
San Francisco, apply by January 14, 2013
Los Angeles, apply by January 14, 2013
Seattle, apply by January 14, 2013
Phoenix, apply by January 22, 2013
Washington, D.C., apply by January 22, 2013

Candidates may apply to only one office. All applications are taken online at PerkinsCoie.com/1LDiversity

Please include the following application materials:

  • A Current Resume
  • Current Law School Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A personal statement
  • Three References
  • Writing Sample

Each year 1L Diversity Student Fellows are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The individual must be a first-year law student in good standing pursuing a J.D. degree at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • The individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that demonstrate great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession.
  • The individual must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community. Our definition of diversity is broad and past finalists and recipients have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled and sexual orientation minority groups. While applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances, a demonstrated need for financial assistance may be taken into consideration.

For general questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Jill Connolly, Legal Recruitment Manager, via e-mail.

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