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:

August 2022

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Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship

Due: August 1

Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC is now accepting applications for the firm’s Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a military veteran law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) attending law school in the US.

Award: $500

Gibson Dunn 2L Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Due: August 5

At Gibson Dunn, we hold respect as a core value and strive to cultivate a culturally fluent, open environment that welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To further our efforts, Gibson Dunn will award several $50,000 scholarships to 2L law students who identify with an underrepresented group in the legal profession and who have demonstrated resilience and excellence on their path toward a career in law

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must intend to practice law in a U.S. city in which Gibson Dunn has an office;  be currently enrolled in a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2024; not be the recipient of a similar award (impacting their 2023 summer) from another law firm.

Award: $50,000

Reed Smith 2L Managed Care Diversity Fellowship Program

Due: August 5

The Reed Smith 2L Diversity Fellowship Program provides an award and a summer associate position to a law student interested in pursuing a career in managed care litigation.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a diverse, second-year law student interested in pursuing a career in managed care litigation; must have demonstrated academic scholarship; must have a dedication to community service and/or leadership; must have an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award: $5,000

Reed Smith Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program

Due: August 6

Our Diverse Scholars Program began in 2002. In 2016, we renamed the program to honor late partner Deborah Broyles, who was our firm’s Director of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She was known for her legal work and community activism. Deborah was a trailblazer in diversity efforts in the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be matriculated at an ABA-accredited law school; must demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; must be authorized to work in the U.S.; must accept Reed Smith's offer to join the Summer Program following the completion of their 2L year.

Award: $20,000

Reed Smith/BNY Mellon 2L Diversity Fellowship Program

Due: August 12

The Reed Smith/BNY Mellon Diversity Fellowship Program provides an award and a 2023 summer associate position to a diverse, second-year law student interested in pursuing a career in financial services litigation.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a diverse, second-year law student interested in pursuing a career financial services litigation; must have demonstrated academic scholarship; must have a dedication to community service and/or leadership; must have an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award: $5,000

Reed Smith/Citizens Financial Group 2L Diversity Fellowship Program

Due: August 12

The Reed Smith/Citizens Financial Group Diversity Fellowship Program provides an award and a 2023 summer associate position to a diverse, second-year law student.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a diverse, second-year law student; must have demonstrated strong academic scholarship; must have a dedication to community service and/or leadership; must have an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award: $5,000

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP George Corey Memorial Scholarship

Due: August 12

Vorys Diversity & Inclusion Committee has established scholarships for diverse law students whose spirit, drive and commitment leads them to pursue a career at Vorys while also demonstrating leadership and being “difference makers” in their communities and/or schools.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and be a member of (a) one of the underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups, and/or (b) the LGBTQ community.

Award: Up to $10,000

Carlson Caspers' Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program

Due: August 15

Carlson Caspers' Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program awards up to two scholarships each academic year to prospective law students who identify as as being an underrepresented minority in the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria:  Applicants must be an undergraduate or higher degree in computer science, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, or physics (or expect to obtain such degree in 2022); have applied to or been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school; beginning the first year of law school in the Fall of 2022; Intending to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities upon graduation from law school; have not received a diversity scholarship from any other law firm.

Award: Up to $5,000

Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Due: August 15

The Michael Best Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to both pursue careers in the legal industry and promote diversity in the legal profession. 
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school; be in good standing as a rising second year law student at the time of application; demonstrate academic excellence; have outstanding leadership skills; have demonstrated interest in promoting diversity at the Firm and throughout the legal profession; have a December 2023 or May 2024 graduation date; be US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States
Award: $10,000

Millbank 2L Diversity Scholarship

Due: August 31

Milbank has a longstanding commitment to diversity and holds the distinction of being one of the first major law firms to establish a Diversity Committee. Reflecting our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace filled with the best legal talent, we offer a 2L Diversity Scholarship Program across our US offices.
 
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be US citizen or authorized to work in the US; a 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; be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of spring 2023; have outstanding academic achievement, leadership ability, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills; be active involvement in the community. 
 
Award: $50,000

September 2022

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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Illinois Chapter William Stewart Boyd Scholarship for African American Law Students

Due: September 7

The AAML Illinois Chapter has established an annual $5,000.00 scholarship to be awarded to a first-year African American law student at an Illinois law school. The scholarship is named the in honor of Judge William Stewart Boyd, an esteemed African American Judge who has been presiding in the Domestic Relations Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, for more than 20 years.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must identify as African American; be enrolled on a fulltime basis as a 1L in an accredited Illinois Law School; have an interest in Family Law.

Award: $5,000

Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship

Due: September 16

At Chapman, we believe that diversity and inclusion create not only the foundation of our community but more effective solutions for our clients. We recognize the great responsibility to increase diversity in the legal profession and want to do our part, as we know the work is far from over.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants 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; be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at an ABA accredited law school; must have an expected graduation date no later than spring 2024.

Award: $10,000

Munger Tolles & Olson LLP 2L Diversity Scholarship

Due: September 16

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP’s 2L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recognizes the achievements of, and supports the pipeline for, outstanding law students from diverse backgrounds. 

Eligibility Criteria: 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 LLP and the legal community. Candidates may include, but are not limited to, members of racial or ethnic minority groups, first-generation college or law school students, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Award: Up to $25,000

Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship Award
(Diversity Scholarship Foundation)

Due: September 30

This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana State Bar Exam preparation course. 

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a third-yeard law student who have demonstrated academic ability and the financial need for assistance.

Award: Not listed. 

Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
(Diversity Scholarship Foundation)

Due: September 30

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.

Award: Not listed. 

Law Student with a Disability Award (Diversity Scholarship Foundation)

Due: September 30

Originally established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell-Viamontes as an invitation to wedding guests to make donations in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, this Scholarship has helped fund and support deserving law students with disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded to a law student with a disability attending an accredited law school in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana. There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship.

Award: Not listed. 

Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Award
(Diversity Scholarship Foundation)

Due: September 30

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has demonstrated their leadership skills and used those skills to help achieve diversity and inclusion within the legal community. Those students applying for this award must have their recommenders include information about how the scholarship applicant has been a “leader & achiever.” Eligible students maintain a 3.2 GPA.

Award: Not listed. 

Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
(Diversity Scholarship Foundation)

Due: September 30

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Award: Not listed. 

October 2022

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Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship

Due: October 1

The Disability Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the law firm’s commitment to helping students with disabilities or injuries who are in need of financial assistance for educational purposes.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must: be a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States; have a disability diagnosis from any person qualified to make a diagnosis; have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university. he scholarship is available to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.

Award: $1,000

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

Due: October 1

The Law School Diversity Scholarship Program was created in 2013 as part of the law firm's commitment to helping law students who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams.

Eligibility Criteria: Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career; be a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States; show academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA; have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.

Award: $2,000

Rolling Deadlines

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Details

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

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 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

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

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

Vinson & Elkins 2023 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

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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.