Scholarships and Opportunities

1L Diversity Opportunities Program

Various employers such as law firms and in-house departments offer 1L Diversity Scholarships or Fellowships during the summer. Below are brief recorded presentations that provide an overview of these opportunities, as well as some tips and advice on how to draft a diversity statement.

Part I – Overview of Diversity Opportunities

Part II – Overview of Diversity Statements

Part III – Student Panel Q&A


Opportunities by Month

December 2022

Scholarship

Details

1L Eaton / Thompson Hine Diversity Summer Associate Program

Due: December 1

Thompson Hine and Kelly Services are looking for a diverse rising second-year law student to participate in a ten-week summer associate program

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must be attending an ABA-accredited law school; Have a strong interest in pursuing a legal career at a law firm with an emphasis in Labor & Employment, Corporate Law, and/or Business Litigation upon graduation; Be committed to practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio upon graduation; Be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States; Be a rising second-year law student who comes from a background that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation; Must have a strong interest in diversity, equity and inclusion; the selection process will consider each candidate’s personal background and experience, lack of economic opportunity, and whether they traditionally have not been in the mainstream of applicants; the selection criteria will include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.

Award: $5,000

Hayes Boone Diversity Scholars Program

Due: December 1

The Haynes Boone Diversity Scholars Program has been established to attract outstanding diverse students to the private practice of law while helping these students be successful in law school through both work and mentorship experiences afforded by the program. Our Diversity Scholars Program offers a nine- to ten-week paid summer clerkship with Haynes Boone and a scholarship paid during the school year.

Eligibility Criteria: Not listed.

Award: Up to $25,000

1L Kelly Services / Thompson Hine Diversity Summer Associate Program

Due: December 1

Thompson Hine and Kelly Services are looking for a diverse rising second-year law student to participate in a ten-week summer associate program

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must be attending an ABA-accredited law school; Have a strong interest in pursuing a legal career at a law firm with an emphasis in Labor & Employment, Corporate Law, and/or Business Litigation upon graduation; Be committed to practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio upon graduation; Be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States; Be a rising second-year law student who comes from a background that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation; Must have a strong interest in diversity, equity and inclusion; the selection process will consider each candidate’s personal background and experience, lack of economic opportunity, and whether they traditionally have not been in the mainstream of applicants; the selection criteria will include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.

Award: $5,000

Taft Tettinius & Hollister LLP Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Scholarship Program

Due: December 1

Each year, Taft awards up to seven fellowships 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 seven offices following the completion of their first year of law school.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for Taft’s Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school as a first-year law student. Applications will be accepted beginning Dec. 1 each year, but final decisions will not be made until first semester grades are received.

Award: $5,000

Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship

Due: December 1

We created the Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship Program to welcome the next generation of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at Weil.

Eligibility Criteria: To become a Weil 1L Diversity Fellow, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a city in which Weil has a U.S. office. You must have successfully completed the first semester of your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2025, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: Up to $50,000

The Foray Firm Black Law Student Scholarship

Due: December 8

Attorney Sam Foray believes in supporting the future leaders of the legal field, and our firm hopes to provide assistance to students who are pursuing a career in family law

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An African American student who is pursuing a degree in law
  • The student has a demonstrated interest in family law
  • The student is enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school
  • The student holds membership with the Black Law Student Association
  • The student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • The student is at least 18 years of age

Award: $1,000

David Aylor Law Office Nick Becker Scholarship (veteran or active military member)

Due: December 15

The Nick Becker Scholarship is for any active duty military or veteran who is pursuing a legal education. It wasn’t an easy road for Nick Becker to make the transition from military life to law student. His journey inspired David Aylor Law Offices to help an active duty service member or veteran better their legal education by softening the financial burden.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must be an outstanding veteran or active military member at an accredited law school.

Award: $1,000

Flores Tawney & Acosta Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest

Due: December 15

The attorneys at Flores Tawney & Acosta, P.C., are now offering an exclusive Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest for first and second-year law school students. We are proud to sponsor a nationwide scholarship to promote diversity within the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be eligible for 1L/2L students who attend an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and identify as members of a historically underrepresented group within the legal profession. The student must also provide a written statement about why diversity within the law is important for our justice system. Applicants must also be a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession and must be enrolled or to be enrolled at ABA law school.

Award: $2,500

Fish & Richardson 2023 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Due: December 27

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

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; and have a STEM background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.

Award: $30,000

Jones Day Perspectives and Pathways Diversity Conference

Due: December 30

Jones Day is hosting “Perspectives and Pathways,” our 1L Diversity Conference, beginning with a kickoff reception on Friday, March 3, 2023, and continuing through the day on Saturday, March 4, in Dallas. Bringing together Jones Day lawyers, Firm clients and first-year law students, this conference will focus on developing your leadership and lawyering skills. There are many different pathways to success; our goal is to help you find yours.

Eligibility Criteria: First-year law students are encouraged to apply. The following criteria will be considered:
• Academic and leadership achievements.
• Obstacles, challenges, or other factors encountered in advancing career objectives.
• Life experiences that have shaped values and goals.

Award: Travel and related expenses for the students selected to attend will be covered by the Firm.

Bracewell 2023 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship

Due: December 31

As part of Bracewell’s continued commitment to diversity & inclusion, the firm offers up to two merit-based fellowships to first-year law students who are particularly committed to diversity and inclusion, including students who are from historically underrepresented groups.

Eligibility Criteria: The 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program is open
to first-year law students enrolled fulltime in an ABAaccredited law school who have not received a similar diversity-focused award from another law firm for the
same time period, and are U.S. citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the United States. Successful applicants will have demonstrated the following: strong academic achievement in college and law school, significant personal achievements, leadership ability, community involvement and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Award: Up to $25,000

January 2023

Scholarship

Details

American Bar Association (ABA) Judicial Intern Oportunity Program

Due: January 6

Eligibility Criteria: The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) is to provide judicial internships to first- and second-year law students who are members of racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, veterans, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBTQ+.

Award: $2,000

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program

Due: January 6

Each summer for the last nineteen summers, the ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program (the “Program”) has placed a select group of diverse first year law students from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments.

Eligibility Criteria: The ACC Chicago Chapter is looking for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds for an immersive summer internship experience with a Chicagoland corporate legal department. Requirements (no exceptions):
1. Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school
2. Only open to first year law students (1Ls)

Award: $12,000

Cleary Scholars Program: 1L Practice Group Scholars

Due: January 6

Our 1L Practice Group Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to students who have completed their first year of law school (class of 2025) to work with up to three practice groups in one of Cleary’s U.S. offices

Eligibility Criteria: The application process is open to all law students, regardless of race, color, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military service, disability, religion, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law. We strongly encourage law students across a variety of backgrounds that are underrepresented in the private practice of law, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
and socioeconomic status, to apply. Candidates must attend an ABA accredited law school. Candidates should have an anticipated graduation date of spring 2025 and must be able to participate in Cleary Gottlieb’s 2023 Summer Associate Program for a minimum of 10 weeks. Scholars may not split their summer with another law firm or other organization.

Award: Up to $50,000

Just the Begginning (JTB) Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project 

Due: January 6

The SJID Project's goal is to provide summer judicial internships to diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community. Operating nationally since 2011, the SJID Project has placed approximately 600 law students in successful internships to date. The SJID Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country.

Eligibility Criteria: See link. 

Award: Not applicable. 

Hills Clark Martin & Peterson P.S. (HCMP) Diversity Fellowship

Due: January 6

HCMP is committed to promoting diversity within our firm and within our legal community. As part of this commitment, we offer a First-Year Diversity Student Fellowship. The Fellowship includes a salaried summer associate position following the first year of law school, and a scholarship to be applied toward tuition and expenses during the student’s second academic year. First-year students who contribute to the diversity of their law school, and who will contribute to the diversity of the legal profession, are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for HCMP’s First-Year Diversity Student Fellowship, an applicant must be a first-year law student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Other selection criteria is listed below:
  • Diverse background and life experiences, and capacity to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community
  • Distinction in academic performance; significant accomplishments and activities; and commitment to community service
  • Leadership ability
Award: Not listed

Miller Nash LLP (MN) First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship

Due: January 6

As part of our mission to advance diversity and inclusion, MN has created a multifaceted Diversity Program that includes our 1L diversity fellowship. MN will be offering one fellowship in our Seattle office in 2023

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

 

Award: $15,000

Keating Muething & Klekamp (KMK Law) Diversity Fellowship

Due: January 8

KMK Law believes that a diverse work environment attracts the best and the brightest people in the legal community and provides the most creative, innovative solutions for our clients. As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to sponsor the KMK Law Diversity Fellowship Program. This Program is intended to further our mission of recruiting and retaining a skilled, high-performing diverse workforce.

Eligibility Criteria: The Diversity Fellowship is open to any first-year law student from an ABA-accredited law school who would add to the diversity at KMK. Applicants must be committed to practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio upon graduation.

Award: $10,000

Cooley LLP 1L Diversity Fellowship

Due: January 9

As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are proud to offer diversity fellowships to outstanding first-year law school students.

Eligibility Criteria: We welcome applications from all law students who:
  • Are enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2025 at the time of application.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2023 Summer Program
  • Are not the immediate family member of any partner or employee of Cooley LLP
Award: Up to $50,000

Foster Garvey Seattle Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Due: January 9

Foster Garvey believes that diversity enriches our workplace and enhances our ability to best serve our clients. We are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our firm and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse attorneys, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we offer the Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship Program to honor one of our early founders, Ken Schubert Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.

Eligibility Criteria: The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship will be offered to a student who will be in their first year of law school during the 2022-2023 school year. The recipient will receive a paid 10‐week summer associate position in our Seattle office between their first and second year of law school.

Award: Up to $15,000

2023 Bristol-Myers Squibb Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Intern Program

Due: January 13

Aligning with our focus on cultural transformation towards diversity and inclusivity, the Bristol Myers Squibb Law Department is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, both within our organization and in the overall legal profession. The Summer Internship Program, sponsored by the Law Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, is designed for law students who are interested in experiencing the practice of law within a multifaceted and engaged corporate law department.

Eligibility Criteria: Bristol Myers Squibb is seeking qualified law students of diverse backgrounds who are interested in obtaining a unique experience within a world-class corporate law department.
  • Students should have excellent academic credentials and communication skills. Applicants should also possess outstanding interpersonal skills, due to the high level of contact with clients and leaders across the organization
  • A biology or chemistry background is strongly preferred for any candidates interested in patent law.
Award: Not listed.
Wilson Sonsini 1L Diversity Summit

Due: January 13
Introduced in 2020, the annual Wilson Sonsini 1L Student Diversity Summit brings together diverse law students from around the country. The event will be held over the course of two days: beginning late afternoon on Thursday, February 23, 2023, and all-day Friday, February 24, 2023, in our Palo Alto, California office. The purpose of the summit is to provide concrete advice about the legal industry and make the law firm recruitment process more accessible and transparent for diverse law students.

Eligibility Criteria: First-year law student and Class of 2025 JD enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

Award: Travel and reasonable related expenses including transportation, lodging, and meal costs for the students selected to attend will be covered.

Hinkley Allen 1L Diversity Fellowship

Due: January 15

The firm is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to our general application, Hinckley Allen offers scholarships to diverse second-year and first-year law students.

Eligibility Criteria: Law student at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school, strong record of academics, leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Award: $5,000

McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Due: January 15

As part of McAndrews’ long-standing commitment to fostering a diverse work environment, the firm is proud to offer its annual “Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship” as part of our summer associates program.

Eligibility Criteria: The individual chosen must possess a diverse background, a technical degree in science or engineering, and a commitment to pursuing a patent law career in Chicago.

Award: $15,000

American Bar Association (ABA) Diverse Clerkship Program

Due: January 16

The purpose of the Diversity Clerkship Program is to provide hands-on experience and exposure in Business Law to law students.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be current second year law students attending an ABA-approved law school.
  • Applicants must be considered diverse in one of the following ways: Law student of color, Women; Law students with disabilities; LGBTQ+ law students; Students who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section members.
Award: $3,000

Hausfeld 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Due: January 16

At Hausfeld, we are proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout our firm. By valuing different perspectives and experiences, we know that we produce better results for our clients and the communities we serve. To that end, Hausfeld has established a 1L Diversity Fellowship program that provides a unique summer employment opportunity for exceptional first-year law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Successful applicants must demonstrate: (1) a record of academic excellence, (2) leadership experience, and (3) community involvement. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis must include a cover letter or a 1–2-page personal statement, resume, transcript, and short writing sample. First-generation law students are encourages to apply.

Award: $10,000

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship

Due: January 17

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter awards a Diversity Scholarship to a first-year law student, based on academic performance, personal accomplishments, community involvement, and a commitment to diversity, equity + inclusion. 2023 marks the 20th year the firm has awarded a scholarship to a first year-law student.

Eligibility Criteria: All first-year law students who will advance the diversity, equity + inclusion mission of Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter are eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2025.

Award: $10,000

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2023 1L Diversity Scholarship

Due: January 23

The scholarship is awarded annually to two first-year students selected based on their academic record, professional accomplishments and other factors that indicate promise for a successful career in the legal profession.

Elgibility Critera: To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, applicants must be full-time currently enrolled 1L law students who are in good standing at an accredited law school. First-year students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Award: $7,500

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund (HLSF) of Illinois

Due: January 25

HLSF gives law firms, corporations, and individuals a vehicle for supporting Latino law students, providing both financial support and networking opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria: (1) Be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school; (2) Submit a personal statement; (3) Submit a law school transcript; (4) Submit your financial award letter for the 2022-2023 academic year; (5) Submit a current resume; and (6) If awarded a scholarship, be available to accept the award at the HLSF scholarship reception in April 2023.

Award: Approximately $5,000

McGlinchey 1L Diversity Scholarship

Due: January 25

McGlinchey’s 1L Diversity Scholarship represents our firm’s long-term commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace and to promoting diversity within the legal profession. From our inception, we challenged the status quo and earned a reputation as a progressive, merit-based business that rewards individual achievement and potential. Our 1L Diversity Scholarship is just one aspect of our commitment to attracting, mentoring, developing, and promoting diverse attorneys and starts at the beginning of a lawyer’s career – the first year of law school.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be enrolled full-time at an accredited law school, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and have excellent academic credentials.

Award: $5,000

Blank Rome 1L Diversity Scholars Program

Due: January 27

In 2006, as part of the firm’s steadfast commitment to the advancement of diverse professionals within the legal community at large, we established the Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program ("Blank Rome Scholars" or "BR Scholars" Program). Our goal is to identify and attract high-performing summer associate candidates from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about and invested in promoting and fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in the community, to ultimately join our firm upon completion of law school.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must belong to one or more historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, self-identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and/or have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in their communities; Possess excellent academic and personal achievements; and Express commitment and passion in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry.

Award: Up to $25,000

Cholate 2023 1L Diversity Fellowship

Due: January 31

We are proud to offer our 1L Diversity Fellowship as part of Choate’s longstanding commitment to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting outstanding lawyers who offer perspectives and talents shaped by a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and personal backgrounds. Fellows are fully paid members of Choate’s summer program and are eligible for an additional stipend.

Eligibility Criteria: This merit-based fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Enrolled as a first-year law student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the profession
  • A record of academic and professional achievement
  • A sincere interest in practicing at Choate upon graduation
Award: Not listed.

Cullen & Dykman's DEI Fellowship

Due: January 31

The DEI Fellowship is awarded annually to one first year (or second year evening) law student who demonstrates a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession and/or the community. The fellow will work closely with partners and associates throughout the firm’s offices, gaining experience in a variety of practice areas.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States;
be enrolled in good standing in a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. with an expected graduation date of Spring 2025; have a long-term interest in practicing law at one of Cullen and Dykman’s offices; andnot be the recipient of a similar diversity, equity and inclusion award or fellowship from another law firm or employer during the same time period.

Award: Up to $10,000

Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for
Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion

Due: January 31

The Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion is designed to help us hire exceptional law students who will contribute to the diversity of our firm and the legal profession overall, while providing the training, mentorship, and exposure necessary for their professional development and engagement. The Fellowship is just one of the many ways Morrison Foerster actualizes its commitment to removing barriers and creating opportunities for talented individuals from the most underrepresented groups in the legal industry.

Eligibility Criteria:
▪ Membership in a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including racial/ethnic minority groups and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
▪ Demonstrated record of academic achievement, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, leadership and communityinvolvement.

▪ U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.
▪ Ability to join MoFo as a summer associate for a full 1L summer program, and at least five weeks of your 2L summer.

Award: Up to $50,000

Knobbe Martens 2023 1L Diversity Scholarship Program

Due: January 31

Knobbe Martens is committed to promoting diversity in the IP bar and fostering a dynamic, diverse workplace. As part of that commitment, Knobbe Martens is proud to offer the 2023 1L Diversity Scholarship Program to firstyear students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must:
  • Be enrolled in good standing as first-year lawstudents at an ABA accredited law school in the J.D. class of 2025.
  • Demonstrate academic and professional achievement, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Contribute to enhancing diversity at the firm and in the legal community.
  • Belong to a group that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession.
  • Be authorized to work in the United States.
  • A technical/science degree (for litigation and patent prosecution) is preferred.
    • For biology and biotechnology backgrounds, a Ph.D. is preferred.
  • Have a sincere interest in joining Knobbe Martens
    after graduation.

 

Award: Up to $30,000

February 2023

Scholarship

Details

Allen Matkins 1L Diversity Scholar Program

Due: February 1

In 2023, we are excited to recruit for 1L Diversity Scholar positions firmwide. 1L law students who are selected to be an Allen Matkins 1L Diversity Scholar are full participants in the firm’s summer associate program. 1L Diversity Scholars are provided with meaningful work and responsibilities, offering a realistic experience of practicing law. They will work side-by-side with experienced attorneys in our various practice areas, while also gaining valuable insight into the firm operations, our client service, and our one-firm culture. 1L Diversity Scholar recipients receive enhanced mentoring to ensure they have a successful summer. They are required to spend 10 weeks in our office and are paid the same weekly salary as our 2L summer program participants.

Eligibility Criteria: To be considered, the candidate must be a first-year law student in good standing pursuing a JD at an ABA-accredited law school. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of academic achievement, employment, and community service indicating alignment with the diversity goals of Allen Matkins. Candidates should have a sincere interest in and commitment to private practice.

Award: Not listed. 

Gunderson Dettmer 1L Diversity Fellowship

Due: February 3

Eligibility Criteria: Success looks different for everyone, and we believe it should be evaluated holistically. We will consider your demonstrated interest in emerging companies and venture capital; your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; the quality of your personal statement; and your personal, professional, leadership, community and/or academic achievements. In short, we want to get to know you. Interested 1Ls are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Award: Up to $50,000

Clifford Chance 1L Diversity Scholarship

Due: February 15

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we’re proud to offer the Clifford Chance 1L Diversity Scholarship. As a 1L summer law clerk, you’ll have the opportunity to embrace team collaboration, receive formal and informal training, and build relationships with our global network, uncovering what it really means to be a Clifford Chance lawyer. Following your summer, we’ll want you to stay connected, and engaged.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school, with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2025. Complete applications must include a resume, law school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) and personal statement. Students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented at large law firms are encouraged to apply.

Award: Up to $50,000

McKool Smith Diversity Scholarship

Due: February 17

As part of our continued commitment to recruit, retain, and promote a diverse team of lawyers, we are awarding Diversity Scholarships to support outstanding diverse 1L & 2L law students.

Eligibility Criteria: Scholarship applicants must be current first year law school students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school who are students of color, members of the LGBTQ+, persons with a disability or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. Applicants should not be a recipient of a diversity award or scholarship from another law firm.

Award: Up to $30,000

Rolling Deadlines

Name

Details

Akin Gump Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars Program (1L)

Building on the legacy of founding partner Robert Strauss, we have long prioritized a diverse workforce as vital to outstanding client service. To further our diversity and inclusion efforts, we offer diverse law students the opportunity to spend at least five weeks with the firm working on legal matters, and the rest of your summer at a firm client—all while being involved in the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Opportunities are available in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, starting November 1st. 

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, and have an anticipated graduation date of 2025.

Award: Up to $50,000

ArentFox Schiff LLP Diversity Scholarship

Every year, our BOS, DC, LA, NY, and SF offices award one second-year law student. Candidates may only apply to one office. Applications from second-year law students will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will be scheduled throughout the summer. It is anticipated that offers will be made by late summer 2022. There will be one scholarship awarded per office.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a second-year law student, in good standing, at an ABA-accredited law school in the US; have excellent college and law school academic performance and excellent oral and written communication skills; have demonstrated leadership qualities, work experience, and community involvement; are authorized to work in the US; be a member of a diverse population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession; must join the ArentFox Schiff Summer Program after their second year of law school; have a strong interest in joining the Firm as an associate after law school graduation

Award: Up to $20,000

Benesch 1L Diversity Fellowship
Benesch is proud of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the firm has created the 1L Diversity Fellowship to enhance our efforts for the recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of diverse attorneys within the firm. The application process for our 2023 1L Diversity Fellowship program will open on December 1, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be full-time first-year law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2025. Requirements for application include: Requirements for application include:
Exceptional academic performance; Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations; A commitment to community service; Strong interpersonal skills

Award: Not listed

Choate 1L Diversity Fellowship

We are proud to offer our 1L Diversity Fellowship as part of Choate’s longstanding commitment to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting outstanding lawyers who offer perspectives and talents shaped by a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and personal backgrounds. Fellows are fully paid members of Choate’s summer program and are eligible for an additional stipend. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the end of January. Choate will begin extending interviews to candidates beginning in early January. 

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled as a first-year law student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school; have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the profession, a record of academic and professional achievement, and a sincere interest in practicing at Choate upon graduation

Award: Not listed
Constitutional Accountability Center Douglas T. Kendall Fellowship Program (Recent Graduates and 3Ls)
The Douglas T. Kendall Fellowship is a one-year fellowship designed for recent law school graduates to begin their careers in legal advocacy with a grounding in the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text, history, and values. The Fellow will join CAC’s litigation team and participate in all aspects of the team’s work. CAC’s litigation team does significant amicus work in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, as well as some direct litigation work.
Eligibility Criteria: Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications: a recently completed or soon to be completed law degree with an excellent academic record; a completed clerkship is a plus, but not required; strong English reading and writing skills; excellent attention to detail; demonstrated dedication to a progressive vision; an ability to be a team player as well as a self-starter. CAC will collect applications starting July 2022 for the Fellowship beginning in September 2023.
Award: $70,000
Cozen O'Connor Bernard Lee Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholars Program At Cozen O’Connor, we understand the value of a diverse work environment and believe that such diversity adds to our firm’s successes and ability to provide better service to our clients. We seek to employ lawyers of diverse backgrounds, and also those committed to the furtherance of a more diverse and inclusive profession. Applications will open December 2022. Selected candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis to schedule interviews.

Eligibility Criteria: We welcome applications from law students who:
Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2024; actively demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion within their law schools, local communities, and/or through their professional and volunteer work, hobbies, and leadership roles; and are not the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm for the same summer.

Award: Up to $15,000

Gibson Dunn 2023 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Gibson Dunn believes that diversity among our attorneys is essential to our continued success as one of the leading firms in the world. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys of diverse backgrounds at all levels. We expect to begin substantially reviewing 1L Diversity Fellowship applications in early 2023 but will accept materials starting in December 2022.

Eligibility Criteria: Eligible students must intend to practice law in a U.S. city in which Gibson Dunn has an office. They must be currently enrolled in a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2025, and must not be participating in a similar program with another employer (impacting their 2023 summer).

Award: Not listed
Kirkland & Ellis 2L Diversity Fellowship Program Kirkland’s 2L Diversity Fellowship provides law students with a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the top lawyers in the world through our Summer Associate Program and gain hands-on experience, develop leadership skills, interact with Firm clients and make enduring connections with peers. In addition to participating in the Kirkland & Ellis Summer Program, recipients will also receive a mentor to support you through law school, as well as access to assessment tools and individual coaching sessions to enhance professional development.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must: (1) be enrolled and in good standing as a second-year law student (Juris Doctor) at an ABA accredited or Canadian law school and/or be a joint-degree student at an ABA-accredited or Canadian law school that will graduate from both programs in 2024; (2) have a demonstrated record of academic achievement; (3) submit a personal statement (no longer than one page) telling us a little more about themselves and their interest in working at Kirkland; (4) receive an offer to join the Kirkland summer program in one of our domestic offices; (5) have a sincere interest and commitment to private practice; and (6) be likely to practice after graduation at one of Kirkland’s offices.

Award: Up to $50,000
Latham & Watkins LLP 1L Diversity Scholars Program

Our 1L Diversity Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to students who have just finished their first year of law school (class of 2025) at an ABA-accredited school.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full time in a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2024 (2L Diversity Scholars) or 2025 (1L Diversity Scholars) at the time of application; Must participate in Latham’s full 10-week 2023 Summer Program, starting on May 22, 2023. Exceptions to this start date will only be made due to conflicts with academic calendars; Demonstrate a commitment to promoting DEI within the legal community and/or more broadly.

Award: Not listed.

Latham & Watkins LLP 2L Diversity Scholars Program

Our 2L Diversity Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to students who have just finished their second year of law school (class of 2024) at an ABA-accredited school. The 10-week program includes:In-depth legal training, mentoring, and real-world experience at one of Latham’s US offices. 2L Diversity Scholars will work alongside the 2023 summer associates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full time in a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2024 (2L Diversity Scholars) or 2025 (1L Diversity Scholars) at the time of application; participate in Latham’s full 10-week 2023 Summer Program, starting on May 22, 2023. Exceptions to this start date will only be made due to conflicts with academic calendars; demonstrate a commitment to promoting DEI within the legal community and/or more broadly.

Award: $50,000

Milbank 1L Diversity Fellowship Milbank has a longstanding commitment to diversity and holds the distinction of being one of the first major law firms to establish a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Reflecting our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace filled with the best legal talent, we offer a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program in our New York and Los Angeles offices. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Finalists will be interviewed for the fellowship after applications are submitted, and the winner(s) will be announced in February 2023.

Eligibility Criteria: The program is for law students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills—and, of course, a sincere interest in our practice. To be named a Milbank 1L summer fellow, you must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed the first semester of your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2025. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented at large law firms are encouraged to apply.

Award: Not listed.
Mintz 2023 2L Summer Associate & Diversity Scholarship

At Mintz, we strive to create an environment where people from all backgrounds are positioned for success. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity at the firm and in the legal profession, we have awarded the Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship to an exemplary diverse law student each year since 2010. We encourage you to apply early, even if you haven’t received your grades or know about journal membership. You can then reach out with updates to your application over the summer.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be community-minded 2Ls from diverse backgrounds who have shown academic excellence and commitment to diversity.

Award: $20,000 toward 3L tuition

Morgan Lewis 1L Diversity Fellowship Building a diverse team of lawyers is a core value at Morgan Lewis. Not only is it a business imperative, it is part of our strategic focus. We aim to promote diversity in the legal profession and to attract future leaders who are committed to the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Eligibility Criteria: Fellowship applicants must:
  • Be enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2025.
  • Be a member of a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession, including members of the Black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, and disability communities.
  • Have outstanding leadership skills, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to exceptional client service.
  • Be genuinely interested in a career with Morgan Lewis and demonstrate interest in promoting diversity at the firm and throughout the legal profession.
  • Be a US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

Award: Up to $50,000
Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship

The Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship, named after our first African American partner, awards scholarships to a number of outstanding second-year law students to help offset the expenses of their legal education, in addition to a paid summer associate position in the firm’s 2023 Summer Associate Program. The scholarship funds will be paid out half upon completion of the summer program, and half upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a second-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2024; be a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession.

Award: Up to $25,000

Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for Summer 2023

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second year law students. Given the highly selective nature of the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships and the limited number of Scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest convenience. We strongly prefer to receive the application by the time of the candidate’s call-back interview.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a full-time law student in their second year of classes at an accredited law school; have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities; have demonstrated contributions to diversity initiatives or to diversity and inclusion more generally, such as in the area(s) of racial or ethnic diversity, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other areas underrepresented or otherwise important to diversity in the legal profession, and/or other extraordinary contributions or accomplishments, and/or Demonstrated ability to overcome adversity, such as first-in-family college attendance or socio-economic disadvantage, and/or past participation in and/or interest in assisting with the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the firm such as the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program or a Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program.

Award: $25,000

Vedder Price 1L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program

Two 1L scholarships will be awarded in 2023. The scholarship recipients will join the 2023 Summer Associate Program in the Chicago office and work within all of Vedder Price’s practice areas: Global Transportation, Finance & Transactions, Corporate, Labor & Employment and Litigation. This is an exciting opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in multiple practices as you look ahead to your 2L year. Applications will be first accepted in December 2022. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis and the Scholarship recipients will beannounced in March 2023.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a person of color, LGBTQ+, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. While students from all law schools are welcome to apply, we ask that applicants have a geographic tie to the Chicago area.

Award: $10,000

Vinson & Elkins 2023 1L & 2L Diversity Fellowship

Since the program launched in 2008, V&E has awarded 130 Fellowships. More than 15 former Fellows currently practice law at V&E and some have gone on to work in GC roles at V&E clients. Given the highly selective nature of the Diversity Fellowship and the limited number of Fellowships available, students are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest convenience. A selection panel will evaluate all completed applications, conduct interviews, and announce Fellowship recipients on a rolling basis.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a first or second year law student; be in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school; have a strong undergraduate and law school record and excellent writing skills; have demonstrated interest in working at Vinson & Elkins, joining V&E as a Summer Associate, and advancing the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Award: $25,000

Winston & Strawn LLP Diversity Scholarship Program The Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Program is designed to increase diversity within our firm and the legal profession.
 
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must accept an offer to participate in Winston &
Strawn’s Summer Associate Program; successfully complete Winston & Strawn’s 2L Summer Associate Program; receive and accept an offer to join Winston &
Strawn as an associate; be a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including law students who are racial/ethnic minorities and/or LGBTQ+.
 
Award: Up to $50,000

Other Opportunities

Name

Details

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

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding
opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Program participants are offered the unique chance to work side by side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. The program also provides LCLD Member law firms and corporations with an opportunity to form 1L Scholars Partnerships and share their summer interns, giving Scholars the benefit of both perspectives.

1L LCLD Scholars Virtual Summit. This three-day professional development conference features an innovative curriculum developed exclusively for LCLD 1L Scholars. With a focus on relationship building and career development strategies, the summit includes panel and guest speaker presentations, group discussions, and mock interviews. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the summit will be held virtually, June 7-9, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria: 1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school; must self identify as a diverse/underrepresented or disabled first-year law student.

Visit www.lcldnet.org/1lscholars for more information, including the list of participating LCLD Member law firms and corporations, and each of their application dates.

National LGBT Bar Association Lavendar Law Conference and Career Fair

Are you LGBTQ+ or an ally? The National LGBT Bar Association is hosting its annual Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair, July 28 - 30th. With over 1700 annual attendees and more than 180 recruiters, it is the largest LGBTQ+ legal career fair in the world! This year the conference will host more than 50 programs, including a number geared specially to law students about career planning, student activism, and more. Additionally, top law firms and organizations from across the country will be recruiting students at the Career Fair.

Practice Pro 1L Diversity Scholar Program

The Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, training, and recruiting program designed to help law students secure their dream employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and savvy to flourish in their legal positions and climb the corporate leadership.

Eligibility Criteria: First-year law student (Class of 2024) enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; and a member of a racial, ethnic, or gender group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, a member of the LGBTQ community, or those with a disability.