Scholarships and Opportunities

November 2020

Adler, Pollock & Sheehan 2L Diversity Fellowship The Honorable Walter R. Stone 2L Diversity Fellowship awards a second-year law school student a scholarship of $10,000 and a Summer Associate position at Adler Pollock and Sheehan P.C. (“AP&S”) during the summer.

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in Rhode Island or Massachusetts after graduation; must have successfully completed
your first year of a full-time, ABA-accredited JD program by the application deadline; must be a permanent resident of MA or RI; member of a diverse group; financial need

Award: $10,000
AAUW Educational Foundation AAUW is providing $3.9 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations.

Eligibility Criteria: Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields

Award: varies
Bartlit Beck Diversity Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: 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.

Award: Fellows will receive (1) a six-week paid summer Fellowship with Bartlit Beck, (2) reimbursement for bar examination preparation course expenses, and (3) an additional $30,000 stipend.
Bracewell 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship 2021 Summer Program

Successful applicants to the program will receive up to a $15,000 award, as well as a paid summer associate position in our Houston office. The amount of $7,500 will be paid in the first paycheck as a first-year summer associate. An additional $7,500 is contingent upon receiving and accepting an offer to return to the firm as a second-year summer associate, to be paid at the completion of the second summer clerkship.

Eligibility Criteria: The 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program is open to first-year law students enrolled fulltime in an ABA-accredited law school who have not received a similar diversity-focused award from another law firm for the same time period, and are US 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: $15,000

Constitutional Accountability Center Douglas T. Kendall Fellowship

This 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.

Eligibility Criteria: Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A recently completed law degree with an excellent academic record,
  • Strong writing skills,
  • A demonstrated commitment to the public interest and progressive advocacy, and
  • Ability to be a team player as well as a self-starter.

Award: $70,000 

FBA Dr. J. Clay Smith Scholarship The Dr. J. Clay Smith Jr. Scholarship aims to promote diversity in the legal profession and to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to pursue a legal education and complete law school. The Foundation of the FBA awards a $15,000 scholarship to a first-year law student, disbursed over three years of the student’s enrollment at an ABA-accredited law school. The recipient will also receive a complimentary FBA student associate membership.

Eligibility Criteria: Racial and ethnic minority students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must exhibit high character and professionalism in their personal, professional, and academic lives as demonstrated in application materials. Applicants must submit this application, a personal essay, college transcript, law school enrollment verification, and two letters of recommendation (these may include a letter from a professor).

Award: $15,000 over 3 years
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. The OCHBA requests your authorization to print and display portions of your personal statement and picture in our program and at our Gala for the purpose of raising awareness to the need for scholarship funds for future years.

Award: varies
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

Vinson & Elkins 1L and 2L Diversity Fellowships Eligibility Criteria: V&E’s Diversity Fellowship application is open to all second-year law students (class of 2022) and first-year law students (class of 2023), regardless of race/ethnicity, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.
Law students must attend and be in good standing at an American Bar Association accredited law school.
They must also possess a strong undergraduate and law school record, excellent writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in working at Vinson & Elkins, joining V&E as a Summer Associate, and advancing the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Award: $10,000 for 1L Fellows, $25,000 for 2L Fellows
Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: To become a Weil 2L Diversity Fellow, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2022, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: $15,000 with potential for an additional $15,000

December 2020

Constitutional Accountability Center Internship

The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a non-profit law firm, think tank, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text, history, and values. At this pivotal time in our country’s history, they are seeking Summer Interns to be immersed in all aspects of our substantive legal work.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants may be first, second, or third-year law students. To apply, please send a cover letter and a copy of your resume and transcript to Char Clarke:  char@theusconstitution.org

Award: $3,500

Fish & Richardson 2021 1L Diversity Fellowship Program The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices; mentoring by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and up to a $30,000 award.

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; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBTQ, and/or a military veteran; and have a technical background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.

Award: Up to $30,000
Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellowship Goodwin’s 2L Diversity Fellowship program provides second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each to help cover expenses for their third year of law school (2021-2022). The $15,000 award is contingent on the student accepting an offer to join Goodwin’s 2021 summer associate
program and on accepting an offer, if extended, to join the firm as a full-time associate. The award will be paid out upon completion of the summer program.
These fellowships are named in honor of Richard A. Soden and Paul W. Lee for their exceptional commitment to diversity.

Eligibility Criteria: To become a Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellow, a candidate must be a full-time second-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2022.

Award: $15,000
Lathrop GPM 2L Diversity Fellowship

 The fellowship provides up to $20,000 annually in scholarship funds, which may be awarded to an individual or to multiple individuals in order to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies and other course related expenses. The fellowship recipient(s) will also receive a 2L summer associate position in the firm’s summer program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Enrolled and in good standing as a second-year law student at an ABA accredited law school
  • A commitment to participate in the summer associate program at one of the firm’s offices (Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis, MN; or St. Cloud, MN)
  • Timely submission of all Fellowship application materials
  • The desire and ability to promote or enhance diversity in the legal profession

 Award: Up to $20,000

McKool Smith Diversity Scholarship

Offering up to four scholarships of up to $30,000 each to diverse first and second year law students to join them summer 2021 and beyond.

Eligibility Criteria: Scholarship applicants must be current first or second-year law school students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school who are students of color, members of the LGBTQ+, differently abled, or veteran communities, 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: $30,000

Public Advocates Inc. and the Charles Houston Bar Association 2021 Arc of Justice Fellowship Public Advocates Inc. and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce the sixth annual Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship opportunity for law students committed to pursuing careers in public interest law. The Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to improve the representation of attorneys of color in the public interest profession and to increase advocacy with communities of color throughout California, particularly Black communities. The Arc of Justice Fellows will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates with dedicated support from CHBA.

Eligibility Criteria: Public Advocates and CHBA are seeking a law student with a demonstrated commitment to: Promoting diversity in the legal field, such as through membership in a relevant bar association or law school affinity group; Pursuing a career in public interest law and/or policy; and/or Serving low-income communities, communities of color and/or immigrant communities — particularly the Black community.
While we are as yet uncertain about the reopening of our office for the summer, we expect the Fellow to be able to commit to working full-time for 10 weeks in Public Advocates’ San Francisco office (if the program is remote, the Fellow is not required to be based ion San Francisco).

Award: $5,000
Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Must be of diverse background; Must be a 2L; Must have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities; Must have demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of law school and/or legal profession. Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipients must join Sidley’s summer associate program after their second year of law school.

Award: $25,000
Taft Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: Taft awards up to seven fellowships to first-year law students who are members of historically underrepresented ethnic and/or racial minority groups. Applicants 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 December 1 each year, but final decisions will not be made until first semester grades are received.

Award: Varies based on placement
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 Ohio offices.

Award: $10,000
Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship 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 major city of the United States. 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 2023, and you may
not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: $10,000 with potential for an additional $20,000

January 2021

ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program

The Program consists of four main components: (1) the corporate in-house internship, (2) robust mentorship through interactive programming, (3) network building, and (4) volunteering. In addition, students are provided a $9,000 stipend to work for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer.

Eligibility Criteria: The Chicago Chapter of ACC looks for students from diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.  Additionally, the Chapter seeks students who are eager to learn and are capable of thriving in a corporate environment.

Requirements (no exceptions):
- Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school
- Only open to first year law students (1Ls)

Award: $9,000

Choate 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

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: Internship salary and potential stipend

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Diversity Fellowship Program Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate.* Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application; Must demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly; Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2021 Summer Associate Program; Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021

Award: $30,000
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship There are six scholarships in the following offices in 2021: New York (1), Portland (1), San Francisco (1- Energy Focus), Seattle (1), and Washington, D.C. (1). As a 1L Diversity Scholarship recipient, you will receive a paid position in our Summer Associate Program and $15,000 for your second year tuition and expenses. Please note that our San Francisco scholarship will be awarded to a candidate with either some experience or serious interest in Energy law.

Eligibility Criteria: Diversity Scholarships are open to all first-year law students of diverse backgrounds, who:
Demonstrate high academic achievements in both undergraduate school and the first year of law school;
Are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity and will continue that commitment upon entering the legal profession; and
Are committed to practicing in the Pacific Northwest after law school (for the Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles offices only)
Although demonstrated need may be taken into account, applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances.

Award: $15,000
Haynes and Boone 1L Diversity Scholars Program This program was 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.  The Scholars will participate in the Traditional 1L Program (nine to ten weeks beginning May 17) and will receive a $7,500 scholarship during the school year.  Candidates interested in being considered for this program are required to upload a diversity statement to the Documents section of the application.

Award: $7,500
Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 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 2020-2021 academic year; (5) Submit a current resume; and (6) If awarded a scholarship, be available to accept the award at the HLSF scholarship reception on April 15, 2021

Award: varies
Latham & Watkins LLP 2L Fellowship Program Eligibility Criteria: You must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in a US Latham office. You must have successfully completed the first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2022.

The application process is open to all rising second-year law students (class of 2022) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Award: $25,000
Leydig Diversity in IP Law Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: Open to 1L law students who are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application; demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion; can participate in and complete the Leydig 2021 Summer Associate Program; will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021.

Award: $5,000 stipend
McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship The Fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year student of an ABA-accredited law school. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow gains crucial experience in a wide range of IP and complex technology matters, is mentored by a senior member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is eligible for a second clerkship in the firm’s summer associates program.

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 1L student with a diverse background; Must have a degree in science or engineering; Must be committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago.

Award: $5,000
Mecklenburg County Bar Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship CLDC Clerks are selected from across the country as part of a very competitive selection process. Each applicant provides a resume highlighting legal and undergraduate academic achievements and other professional experiences and grades, along with a statement explaining how the applicant would contribute to creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte. The initial applicant pool is then narrowed down and interviewed by representatives from the CLDC firms and corporations. The highly qualified candidates undergo a half day of interviews and attend a candidate reception with representatives from the law firms, legal departments and CLDC alumni. From there, the clerks selected then become part of the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program.

Eligibility Criterial:
• Diverse Background
• Strong Academic Performance
• First-year law school student expected to graduate Spring 2022.

Award: varies
Milbank 2L Diversity Scholarship The 2L Diversity Scholarship(s) will be offered across our US offices and is intended for members of historically underrepresented groups 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.  In addition to a paid 2L summer associate position, recipients of the Milbank Diversity Scholarship will receive a $25,000 scholarship to be distributed in two parts: $15,000 awarded upon joining the summer program and $10,000 awarded upon joining the firm as a full-time associate following graduation from law school.

Eligibility Criteria:
- US citizen or authorized to work in the US
- Member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including, law students who are members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups, are differently abled, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
- Enrollment at an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of spring 2022
- Outstanding academic achievement, leadership ability, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills
- Active involvement in the community

Award: $25,000
Morrison & Foerster Wetmore 1L Diversity Fellowship

Morrison & Foerster will be awarding Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion fellowships to highly motivated first-year law students who are members of an underrepresented group in the legal industry. Students should apply to one location only.

Eligibility Criteria: Currently enrolled and in good standing, attending a full-time JD program at an ABA-accredited law school; Excellent academic performance throughout all degree programs; U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the U.S.; Member of a diverse population that has historically been underrepresented in the legal profession, specifically African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos(as), Native Americans/Native Alaskans or members of the LGBT community; Demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement

Award: $25,000

Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Criteria: The Point Foundation Scholarship is open to LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled or intending to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2021.

Award: varies

Taft Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Each year, Taft awards up to seven (7) 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 six offices (Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Minneapolis, MN) following the completion of their first year of law school.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the Diversity and Inclusion 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 December 1 each year, but final decisions will not be made until first semester grades are received.

Award: varies

Other Opportunities

Delaware Minority Job Fair The Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association invites NLaw students to apply for an invitation to participate in the 2021 Delaware Minority Job Fair for second- and third-year law students, to be held virtually on Saturday, January 9,2021. The Job Fair was founded by a consortium of Delaware law firm, corporate, and public sector/interest legal employers interested in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Delaware bar by encouraging interested law students to explore summer and full-time opportunities to work in Delaware. We are pleased to announce there are 16 Delaware law firms interviewing students.
 The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, December 4, 2020.  Please direct any questions about the Job Fair to the Job Fair Administrator at dmjf@dsba.org or (302) 651-3246.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program Designed to offer diverse, first-year law students the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations, the LCLD anticipates more than 130 law firms and corporations will be hosting summer internships across the country. In addition to a meaningful summer internship, 2021 1L Scholars also have the opportunity to benefit from attending the 2021 1L LCLD Scholars Virtual Summit May 18-20, 2021, which helps students build leadership and networking skills, virtual Mock interviews with attorneys from selected LCLD Member law firms, career-development resources and long-term connections with other 1L Scholars via the exclusive 1L LCLD Scholars LinkedIn group, and social hours during the summer for 1L Scholars to continue to build their network.

Eligibility Criteria: 1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school. Candidates must apply directly to their desired LCLD Member firms and corporations; each Member organization will independently identify, select, and hire its 1L LCLD Scholar(s). 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.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Success in Law School Mentorship Program

The Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) is a comprehensive initiative for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the pronciples of leagal excellence and personal involvement. Each student is matched with an LCLD Mentor attorney, who is a leader in the legal profession and takes an active, personal interent in the development of the Mentee law student. The goal of the IMP is to ensure that talented law school  students receive the mentoing they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers. Registration is now open on a first come, first served basis.

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 2023) 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.
Summer Judicial Internship Diversity (SJID) Project The Project’s goal is to provide highly qualified law students from socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession with summer judicial internships in the chambers of federal and state appellate judges, federal district judges, and federal bankruptcy and magistrate judges. The Project is national in scope and seeks to place approximately 100 law students as judicial interns across the country.

Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a court.