Scholarships and Opportunities

 August 2019

Program Details
Armenian Professional Society Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be of Armenian descent and enrolled in a graduate degree program in the United States in Fall 2019 to qualify.

Please note the award ceremony will be held at our annual Gala on October 26, 2019.

Award: $2,500
Bartlit Beck Diversity Fellowship The Fellowship will be awarded to third-year law students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the legal profession and have secured a federal judicial clerkship. The six-week term of the fellowship will take place between the Fellow’s law school graduation and the commencement of the clerkship. Fellows will receive (1) a six-week paid summer Fellowship with the firm, (2) reimbursement for bar examination preparation course expenses, and
(3) an additional $30,000 stipend. The Fellowship position will be part time, providing opportunity to study for the bar exam.

Selection as a Fellow does not create any obligation concerning future employment with the firm. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please email the following materials to Mark Ferguson at mark.ferguson@bartlitbeck.com:

• Resume
• Law school transcript
• Personal statement of approximately 500-1000 words that describes your interest in and qualifications for the Fellowship
• Two professional or academic references
Gibson & Dunn Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Eligible students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a U.S. city in which Gibson Dunn has an office. They must have successfully completed the first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2021, and must not be the recipient of a similar award (impacting their 2020 summer) from another law firm.

In selecting the scholarship recipients, Gibson Dunn will consider:
• Students’ life experiences and background (including, if applicable, being the first in their family to attend
a four-year undergraduate institution);
• Scholastic achievements and extracurricular activities;
• Leadership abilities and ability to work on a team; and
• Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Award: Varies
Jenner & Block Diversity Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Is enrolled at any ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2021 at the time of application.
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and will contribute to the diversity of the firm.
  • Can participate in and complete Jenner & Block’s 2020 Summer Associate Program.
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Undergraduate and law school academic achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and interest in working at the firm

Award: $15,000

Munger, Tolles & Olson Diversity & Inclusion 2L Scholarship Elibiity Criteria: All applicants must be second‐year law students in good standing pursuing a J.D. at an ABA‐accredited law school. Successful candidates will have a record of academic achievement, employment and community service indicating great potential to excel in the legal profession and contribute to the diversity of Munger, Tolles & Olson and the legal community. Candidates may include, but are not limited to, law students who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups; gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; physically challenged; first‐generation college or law school students; veterans; or from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Award: $ 20,000
National Bar Institute Law Student Fellowship Program Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 2L student; Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Must intend to return to the Black community to practice law once legal training is completed.

Award: $1,000 - $10,000
Thompson Hine LLP Diversity Scholarship Program Eligibility Criteria: second-year law student who is currently attending an accredited law school in the United States, and who can be classified as a member of a minority racial/ethnic group set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a member of the LGBT community. Interested students who qualify MUST apply for a Summer Associate position at Thompson Hine in any of our seven offices: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, New York or Washington, D.C..

Award: $10,000
Vinson & Elkins Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: . Top students of color and LGBTQ students are eligible to apply.
Awarded students also receive a summer clerkship in one of our U.S. offices.

Award: varies

September 2019

Program Details
Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Must be from a diverse background, including areas of racial or ethnic diversity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or other areas of underrepresentation or otherwise important diversity in the legal profession, Must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at an
ABA-accredited law school, Must have an expected graduation date no later than spring 2021, Need not apply for and receive a Chapman summer associate position in order to apply for and receive the scholarship. Recipients of a diversity or similar award from another law firm are not eligible for this scholarship.

Award: $10,000
Diversity Scholarship Foundation The DSF offers various scholarships to deserving and diverse students each year. Twenty students from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin received scholarships in 2018. Would you help disseminate this information to pre-law and law students to make 2019 even better. Various scholarships are available.

Questions? Please contact Erica N. Byrd or Barbara N. Flores, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs, at dsfchicago.scholarships@gmail.com.

Award: $500 - 5,000
King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program Eligibility Criteria: Each recipient must meet the academic and hiring criteria of King & Spalding’s summer associate program; receive an offer of summer employment for his or her second year summer; be a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or be a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; and complete an application form and brief personal statement.

Award: $10,000
Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2L Diversity Fellowship Program As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to sponsor the Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2L Diversity Fellowship Program. Since 2004, Kirkland has sponsored more than 190 Fellows with grants totaling more than $3.9 million. In 2016, each Diversity Fellowship recipient received a $25,000* stipend. Fellowship applicants should submit a personal statement addressing the individual’s interest in Kirkland and the ways in which the candidate has promoted and will continue to promote diversity in the legal community. Applicants must also apply to and receive an offer to join the summer program at one of the Firm's offices.

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 2L student; Must demonstrate that you will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of Kirkland; Must have a sincere interest and commitment to private practice; Must be likely to practice after graduation at one of the Kirkland offices

Award: $25,000
La Raza Lawyers Scholarship This program includes the following named scholarships: the Annual Andrew Gonzales Scholarship for Leadership to honor La Raza's scholarship founder; and the Annual Daniel V. Hernandez Award for Community Service, in honor of one of La Raza's founding members and San Jose activist. More scholarships may be awarded as funds are available. Scholarship recipients must attend the annual scholarship dinner to receive their awards. This year's dinner will be in or around October.

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a Latino student from the Bay Area of California (The Foundation will decide case by case if student meets location criteria); Selection will also be based on community involvement, peer counseling, school activities and financial need.

Award: $2,500
Lane Powell 1L Diversity Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: Candidate who have demonstrated desire to work, live, and eventually practice law in Seattle or Portland. The candidates’ academic achievements and record of leadership abilities, community service, and involvement in community issues will be taken into consideration. Candidates must be second year students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school. Candidates in four-year joint degree programs will be considered after their third year.

Award: $7,500
Lataham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program Latham is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school. Over the eight to 10 week program, 1L Fellows will work in one of our US offices and in the legal department of one of our clients. 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.

Award: $35,000
Latham & Watkins LLP 2L Fellowship Program The 2L Diversity Scholars Program awards select second-year law school students a scholarship of US$25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings). The first US$10,000 of the scholarship will be paid upon starting as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins, and the balance of US$15,000 will be paid upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. As a 2L Diversity Scholar, you will also receive valuable networking, training, and mentoring opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria: You must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in one of Latham’s US offices. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2020.

Award: $10,000
Womble Carlyle Scholars Program Womble Bond Dickinson will award scholarships to up to two diverse members of the Summer Associate class who present solid academic credentials, personal or professional achievement outside the school environment, and a record of community service.

Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship is open to diverse, second-year law students who apply to the Womble Bond Dickinson Summer Associate Program.

Award: $30,000

October 2019

Program Details
Balfour Phi Delta Phi Minority Scholarship Program Eligibility Criteria: Must be an ethnic minority member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity; Selection based on participation, ethics, and scholastics

Award: $2,500
Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago BWLA provides several scholarships to deserving law students twice per year – once in the Fall in the form of book scholarships and once in the Spring during the annual fundraiser. Last year, we awarded over $30,000!

BWLA recognizes the critical significance of ensuring the success of students of color and women during their legal education, throughout bar exam study, and in the competitive job market today. Every contribution to our scholarship fund is another step towards supporting the pipeline and populating our profession with bright and talented students who will continue to pave the way for future generations!

Award: varies
Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship, applicants must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2021 and be interested in a summer associate position in one of our U.S. offices. In addition, applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award: $10,000
Hinshaw Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded to a diverse student graduating in May 2021, who during his or her first year of law school demonstrated excellent academic performance. Also, Hinshaw will offer the recipient a paid summer associate position during the summer before his or her third year of law school.

Award: $ 20,000
Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Wally Davis Scholarship This fund is sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association and awards scholarships to Orange County Latino law
students. The Fund was named in memory of Wally Davis, one of the first Latino attorneys in Orange County who
fought for the civil rights of all Latinos.

Eligibility Criteria: Eligible students must be current 1- or 2-L law students of Latino origin and involved in the Latino community. Priority
will be given to students with significant ties to Orange County. Scholarships are open to students regardless of
immigration status.

Award: $500 - 10,000
Italian American Lawyers Association Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Must be of Italian heritage and in law school.

Award: $3,000
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 1L minority student; Selection based on criteria including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in our 2018 Summer Associate Program—one in our Chicago office and one in our New York office.

Awards: $15,000
Varnum Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to students of color from Michigan with a 3.0 grade point average on a 4-point scale and with a preference for those interested in pursuing a law-related career such as attorney, paralegal, legal assistant, legal secretary, or law librarian in the State of Michigan.

Award: $500 - 7,500
Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 2L student; Must have interest in practicing law after graduation in a large law firm in one of the cities in the United States in which Winston & Strawn has an office; Must have demonstrated leadership skill and interpersonal skills.

Award: $10,000