The Kirkland & Ellis Diversity Scholarship arose out of Kirkland & Ellis’s desire to establish a separate stand-alone scholarship that would encourage top diverse scholars to apply for summer associate and full-time positions. The scholarship was established in 1996 and is supported by an annual gift from Kirkland & Ellis. The scholarship provides a $10,000 gift to a second-year diverse law student and is renewable for the final year of study. To date, the scholarship has been awarded to six students, all of whom have completed summer associate positions at Kirkland & Ellis. Three of four graduating students are either actively working at Kirkland & Ellis or have accepted a position to work for Kirkland & Ellis.
The Baker & McKenzie Law Student Assistance Program arose from Baker & McKenzie’s desire to increase the firm’s support for cultural sensitivity. The scholarship was established in 1989 and is supported by an annual gift from Baker & McKenzie. The scholarship provides a $5,000 gift to a first-year diverse law student and is non-renewable. Recipients are encouraged to apply for a summer associate position with the firm.
As part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration, Winston & Strawn LLP is offering a scholarship to an entering law student at Northwestern University School of Law in the Fall of 2004. The scholarship, which will be awarded to a diverse student, will be in the amount of $15,000 and will be renewable in the recipient’s second and third years of law school provided they remain enrolled in good standing at Northwestern University School of Law and obtain an acceptable GPA as determined by Winston & Strawn in their second and third years at the Law School.
This scholarship, established in 2005, is designed to assist diverse students financially and create employment opportunities for them during their law school careers. Butler Rubin will select one first-year law student each year to be awarded a $10,000 scholarship, which will be renewable for the second and third year of study. The scholarship recipient will also work at Butler Rubin as a summer associate after the first year and for at least two weeks after his or her second year. Students will be selected for based on high levels of performance and achievement, a strong interest in the private practice of law in the area of business litigation, an intention to remain in the Chicago area following graduation, and outstanding interpersonal and communications skills.