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ABA Accenture 1L Internship The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Accenture LLP to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a very limited number of highly motivated, first-year law students living with disabilities. The 2021 summer law intern program will be held at Accenture’s offices virtually. The 1L summer internship will run from June 1 to July 30, 2021. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $7,500.

Eligibility Criteria: Be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association; Be a law student with a disability; Be enrolled at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent); and Be scheduled for graduation in spring 2023 (full-time students) or spring 2024 (part time students).

Award: $7,500
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.

Award: $9,000
Akin Gump Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program

Your first six weeks of the program will be spent at the firm as a summer associate. You will move to a secondment-style assignment with a client for the last four weeks of the program. During your second summer, you will continue working across practices, building relationships and participating in diversity and inclusion efforts.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application.

Award: $25,000

American Bar Association 2020 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its 2020 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). JIOP is a full-time (32 hours/week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all diverse 1L and 2L students.

JIOP’s mission is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify as LGBT.
 
Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas, as well as in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA and Seattle, WA. Students may indicate geographic preferences on their applications but may not request specific judges or courts. Interns elect to receive a one-time $2,000 stipend or coordinate with their law school to receive academic credit. 
 
Internships for students with an Intellectual Property law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, DC. Students may indicate interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general internships. 
 
Questions can be directed to Gail Howard, Program Director, at Gail.Howard@americanbar.org. 
American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be current first or second year law students attending an ABA-approved law school; must be considered diverse; students who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student; must demonstrate financial need; must be ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section Members

Award: $3,000
Banner & Witcoff Diversity Scholarship for Law Students

Created to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, the fellowship provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to participate in the firm’s summer associate program and $5,000 for law school tuition or other school-related expenses. Recipients who accept full-time positions with Banner Witcoff receive an additional $5,000 financial award.

Eligibility Criteria: The fellowship is open to 1L and 2L students who attend an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and identify as members of a historically underrepresented group in intellectual property law or possess a demonstrated commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award: $5,000

Benesch 1L Diversity Scholarship

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 2023. Requirements for application include: Exceptional academic performance; Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations; A commitment to community service; and Strong interpersonal skills.

Award: Paid internship

Blank Rome 1L Diversity Scholarship As a part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we established our Blank Rome 1L Diversity Scholars Program (the “BR Scholars Program”) in 2006. This program serves to attract outstanding diverse law students to our Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. offices. 

Eligibility Criteria: A 1L (or 2L evening student) who belongs 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; Possesses excellent academic and personal achievements; and Expresses commitment to bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to the Firm.

Award: $25,000
Blank Rome 2L Diversity Scholarship As a part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are pleased to announce the Blank Rome 2L Diversity Scholars Program (the “BR Scholars Program”). This program serves to attract outstanding diverse law students to our Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. offices.

Eligibility Criteria: A 2L (or 3L evening student) who belongs 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; Possesses excellent academic and personal achievements; and Expresses commitment to bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to the Firm.

Award: $25,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Intern 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.
Chattanooga, TN Minority Clerkship Program

The Chattanooga Legal Diversity Consortium (CLDC), a consortium of law firms, companies, and government agencies in the city of Chattanooga, TN, is working to improve diversity in the Chattanooga legal community. The CLDC is excited to announce the 4th annual CLDC Minority Clerkship Program (MCP) for Summer 2021. This is a competitive summer program for rising second-year law students intended to help advance the CLDC’s goal of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the Chattanooga legal community. The MCP will allow participating students to experience working in the Chattanooga legal community for up to twelve (12) weeks total – six (6) weeks with a local law firm and six (6) weeks with a local government agency or in-house legal department. The MCP will also allow participating students to engage in various professional and social activities during the summer to illustrate the great aspects of living and working in Chattanooga.

For the summer of 2021 the law firms participating in the MCP may include Baker Donelson, Chambliss, Husch Blackwell, and Miller & Martin. The in-house legal departments and government agencies participating in the MCP for the summer of 2021 may include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, UNUM, Electric Power Board, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Interested students should submit a cover letter (containing information about their interests in Chattanooga, the program, practice areas, and industries), resume, and transcript (if available) to Debbie Stone at Debbie.Stone@millermartin.com by Friday, January 22, 2021.

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. 
CIBC 2021 Summer Legal Internship

The CIBC Bank USA Legal Department is seeking a law school student to serve as a Legal Intern for Summer 2021. The Legal Intern will participate in a variety of projects and will gain valuable exposure to the workings of an in-house legal department at a US financial institution that is also part of an international banking organization. The CIBC Bank USA Legal Department supports all of the Bank's activities and the Legal Intern will be exposed to a wide variety of areas of law.

Eligibility Criteria: Rising 2L or 3L status, or currently enrolled in a graduate law school degree program (LLM, SJD), as of Summer 2021; Good standing at an ABA-accredited law school; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (where applicable)

Cleary Gottlieb 1L Diversity Summer Associate Program Cleary Gottlieb is soliciting applications for our 1L Diversity Summer Associate positions in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. Students who have overcome obstacles in pursuing a legal education, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have an anticipated graduation date of spring 2023 and must be able to participate in Cleary Gottlieb’s 2021 Summer Associate Program for a minimum of 8 weeks.

Award: varies
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
Dinsmore and The Procter & Gamble Company One scholarship recipient will be a salaried Dinsmore summer associate who will spend half of the 12-week summer associate program in the Global Legal Division at Procter & Gamble’s Corporate Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The recipient will also receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 and be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. We seek applicants with a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a meaningful commitment to diversity.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must attend an ABA-accredited law school as a first-year law student; must have a record of academic and/or
professional achievement; must display leadership qualities through
past work experience, community involvement, and/or student activities; and applicant may not accept a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: up to $10,000
Dinsmore and Lockheed Martin One scholarship recipient will be a salaried Dinsmore summer associate, who will spend 6 weeks in Lockheed Martin’s corporate legal department at their Bethesda, Maryland headquarters. The recipient will also receive a scholarship of up to $7,500, a housing stipend, and be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. We seek applicants with a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a meaningful commitment to diversity.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must attend an ABA-accredited law school as
a first-year law student; must have a record of academic and/or
professional achievement; must display leadership qualities through
past work experience, community involvement, and/or student activities; and applicant may not accept a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: up to $7,500
Dinsmore and Yum! Brands, Inc One scholarship recipient will be a salaried Dinsmore summer associate, who will spend half of the 12- week summer associate program interning for Yum! Brands, Inc.'s Legal Department. The recipient will also receive a scholarship of $10,000 and be assigned a Dinsmore mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. We seek applicants with a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a meaningful commitment to diversity.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must attend an ABA-accredited law school as
a first-year law student; must have a record of academic and/or
professional achievement; must display leadership qualities through
past work experience, community involvement, and/or student activities; and applicant may not accept a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: $10,000
Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship

Dorsey’s Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Seattle offices will select a first-year law student to receive the Dorsey Diversity Fellowship and work as a summer associate. Recipients will receive $10,000 toward law school tuition and expenses for the 2021-2022 school year. Recipients who return to Dorsey for the summer following their second year of law school will receive an additional $10,000 for the 2022-2023 school year, and an additional $10,000 if they join the firm as an associate.

Eligibility Criteria: All law students of diverse backgrounds who attend an ABA-accredited school are eligible to apply, subject to the class year requirement as noted above. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of academic achievement and a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal community.

Award: $10,000

Foster Garvey 1L Diversity Law Fellowship

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 2020-2021 school year. 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.

Award: $15,000

Gunderson Dettmer 1L Diversity Fellowship 1L Diversity Fellows will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position in our Boston, Bay Area or New York office. As a 1L Summer Associate, you will participate in various trainings including mock transactional exercises; work with attorneys in our Corporate, Venture Fund Formation and Licensing, Strategic Partnering and Commercial Transaction practices; and attend various social events to get to know your colleagues outside of the office in more relaxed atmosphere. Upon selection as a Fellow, you will be assigned a mentor for the duration of your Fellowship experience.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the 1L Diversity Fellowship, you must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school, have an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application, and be available to participate in our 2021 Summer Program that is expected to be held from late May to late July.
Diversity Fellows may not be a recipient of a diversity-related award from another law firm and may not be a client or an immediate family member of a Gunderson Dettmer client.

Award: up to $30,000
Harter Secrest & Emery Diversity Scholarship

Established in 2005, this scholarship includes a $7,500 award to be applied to the recipient’s law school tuition, together with a paid summer associate position at the firm. The scholarship is awarded annually to a first-year student selected based on his or her academic record, professional accomplishments and other factors that indicate promise for a successful career in the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time currently enrolled 1L law student who is 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

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
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson: 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: A 1L student with a 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.

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
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Latino Scholarship Program

Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must be of Hispanic ancestry, permanently residing in Oregon or Clark County, Washington. Applicant must be currently attending a high school in Oregon or Clark County, Washington or have attended a high school in Oregon OR Clark County, Washington and currently enrolled in an accredited college. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA as evidenced by a high school or college transcript. Applicant must be enrolled by September 2021 in an accredited community college, 4-year college or university, or an accredited graduate degree program.

Award: varies

Jenner & Block 2L Diversity Scholarship Information Eligibility Criteria: The Diversity Scholarship is open to any rising second year law student who: is enrolled at any ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2022 at the time of application; has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and will contribute to the diversity of the firm; can participate in and complete Jenner & Block’s 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: $15,000
Keating Muething & Klekamp Diversity Fellowship Program

Eligibility Criteria: Any first-year law student from an ABA-accredited law school who comes from a background that would add to the cause of diversity at KMK. The Diversity Fellowship is open to all underrepresented students, including but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and other students that would contribute to the cause of diversity at KMK, regardless of race or ethnicity, including without limitation women in law, military veterans and persons with a disability/handicap. Applicants must be committed to practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio upon graduation.

Award: $10,000

Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Diversity Scholarship Every year, the firm awards a Diversity Scholarship to a first-year law student. The $10,000 scholarship includes a paid clerkship position with the firm’s summer associate class. All first-year law students who  feel that some aspect of their background or life experience will contribute to the diversity of Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter are eligible to apply. Students from all law schools are considered for the scholarship.

Award: $10,000
Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship 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 2021 1L Diversity Scholarship Program to first year students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be enrolled in good standing as first-year law
students at an ABA accredited law school in the J.D. class of 2023; 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; Have a sincere interest in joining Knobbe Martens after graduation.

Award: up to $15,000
Latham & Watkins LLP 2L Fellowship Program To be eligible to apply for the 2021 2L Diversity Scholars Program, 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
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) Hank Henry Fellowship Program

A stipend will be awarded to a qualified law student to support a 10-week summer judicial internship in New York City and Albany under the auspices of the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York ("LeGaL Foundation"), with generous support from MetLife. The program remains one-of-a-kind, providing fellows with the opportunity to rotate among several different judges.

The law student fellow gets a first-hand look at the work of openly gay and lesbian judges in federal district court, state trial and appellate courts (including the highest court in the state), and administrative tribunals. This experience provides an insider’s understanding of the judicial system, along with the opportunity to work alongside openly gay and lesbian judges. Additionally, depending on the assignments selected by the fellow in conjunction with the judges, students can expect to complete 1-2 written assignments consisting of draft decisions and/or memorandums.

Award: $4,500

McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship The Fellowship includes a $15,000 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: Each year, McAndrews offers a fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student who is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago.

Award: $15,000
McDermott 1L Diversity Fellow Scholarship  1L Diversity Fellows will receive a $15,000 scholarship toward their law school education at the completion of the 2021 Summer Program. Diversity Fellows who successfully complete the 1L fellowship program are also eligible to earn an offer to return as a 2022 Summer Associate.

Eligibility Criteria: A commitment to promoting and advancing diversity within the firm as a product of background, experience, personal attributes or characteristics; A strong record of academic and professional achievement; A genuine interest in pursuing a career at McDermott upon graduation; The intent to live and practice in the city or region in which the office is located;
An anticipated JD graduation date of Spring 2023 at the time of application.

Award: $15,000
McGlinchey Stafford Diversity Fellowship

The recipient will receive a paid summer clerkship in our Cleveland, New Orleans, or Washington, DC office. The award recipient will also be eligible for consideration of a 2L clerkship.

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

McguireWoods 2021 1L LCLD Scholars Program Eligibility Criteria: Applicants will be considered based on their academic credentials,
leadership experience, diversity-related student organization involvement
and personal achievements. 
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 Criteria:
• Diverse Background
• Strong Academic Performance
• First-year law school student expected to graduate Spring 2022.

Application Materials:
• Cover Letter addressed to the CLDC Subcommittee
• Resume
• A writing sample from first-year of law school.
• Copy of college and first semester law school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).
• A brief statement (1-2 pages) explaining how the applicant would contribute to creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte, and why the applicant would like to practice law in Charlotte.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Eligibility Criteria: MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers.

Award: $2,000

Michael Best 2L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Full time enrollment in an ABA-accredited law school and in good standing as a rising second year law student at the time of application; Demonstrated academic excellence; Outstanding leadership skills; Demonstrated interest in promoting diversity at the Firm and throughout the legal profession; A member of one of the underrepresented racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a member of the LGBTQ community; December 2021 or May 2022 graduation date; A US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

Award: $10,000

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
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn Diversity Fellowship

As part of our mission to advance diversity and inclusion, MNGD has created a multifaceted Diversity Program that includes our 1L diversity fellowships. MNGD will be offering one fellowship in our Seattle office and one fellowship in our Portland office in 2021. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: To apply for the fellowship, 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 MNGD for at least ten weeks; Demonstrate academic excellence, strong interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and meaningful contributions to the community.

Award: $15,000

Morgan Lewis 1L Diversity Fellowship Morgan Lewis will host 1L Diversity Fellows in the following offices: Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Fellowship recipients will receive a $35,000 fellowship stipend made in three payments conditioned on satisfactory completion of the 2L summer & subsequently joining the firm as an entry-level associate; and the opportunity to spend a portion of your 2L summer with a firm client supplementing the summer associate program.

Eligibility Criteria: Be enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school and in good standing as a first-year law student at the time of application; A member of one of the underrepresented racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a member of the LGBTQ community; Have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership skills; Demonstrate interest in promoting diversity at the firm and throughout the legal profession; A US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

Award: up to $35,000
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
Norton Rose Fulbright 2021 1L Diversity Fellowship

Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace – and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's continuing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

The Norton Rose Fulbright Fellowship will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses. The Norton Rose Fulbright 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient will also receive a paid summer associate position in our Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Antonio, or Washington, D.C. office.

Award: $10,000

O'Melveny 1L William T. Coleman Diversity Fellowship

The William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship provides first-year law students with the opportunity to participate in O’Melveny’s summer associate program. Named in memory of O’Melveny senior partner Bill Coleman, who played a key role in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case Brown v Board of Education, the Fellowship will be awarded to first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and a desire to contribute to the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals. If chosen, Fellows will be accepted to O’Melveny’s paid summer associate program and will receive up to US$10,000 to use for law school tuition and expenses.

Award: $10,000

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be a first-year law student in good
standing pursuing the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited law school; Candidates must have a strong academic record, interest and capacity that demonstrate great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession; Candidates must meaningfully contribute to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community.

Award: $15,000
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
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.
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll 1L Diversity Fellowship Shuttleworth & Ingersoll’s initial 1L Diversity Fellowship will occur in the summer of 2021. Our goal through this Fellowship is to introduce law students that have been historically underrepresented in law firms to Shuttleworth & Ingersoll and the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area (also known as the Corridor). The six-week Fellowship will have a flexible start date to allow the Fellow to pursue other summer endeavors such as study abroad or a judicial internship. In all other aspects and intentions, the Fellowship will be modeled after our Summer Associate program.
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.

Award: internship (unpaid)
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
Tonkon Torp First-year Diversity Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must be a first-year law student in good standing for a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA-accredited law school; The applicant must demonstrate a record of academic achievement that evidences great promise for a successful legal career; The applicant must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community; and The applicant must demonstrate a commitment to practicing law in Portland, Oregon upon graduation from law school.

Award: $10,000

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. For more information, please contact:

Chicago 1L Diversity Scholarship
Pamela G. Masters
Manager of Legal Recruiting
pmasters@vedderprice.com

Award: $7,500

Ward Greenberg Diversity Scholar Program

Our nationally-recognized Diversity Scholar Program offers the opportunity for students who have completed one year of law school to join us at our Rochester, New York or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office during the summer of 2021.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, you must be a fi rst-year student at an ABA-accredited law school with demonstrated academic and leadership achievements, be legally authorized to work in the U.S., and possess a desire to practice at a sophisticated litigation fi rm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Students from historically underrepresented populations in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Award: $7,500

White & Case 1L Diversity Fellowship

As a White & Case 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient, you will participate in our ten-week Summer Program in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or Washington, DC. Fellows will participate in an intensive training program in conjunction with our US Summer Associate Conference.

Eligibility Criteria: Strong academic credentials; leadership abilities; demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in your community or at school; desire to pursue a global career in international law

Award: Paid internship

CommonSpirit – Polsinelli Diversity Health Care Legal Fellowship Program Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled and in good standing as a law student at an ABA accredited law school and in the top 25% of law school class; Demonstrated commitment to participate in the Fellowship Program in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver or Seattle; Timely submission of all Fellowship Program application materials; Desire to be part of a talented team, driven to provide exceptional work product and value practicing law in a highly focused but collegial setting.

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ABA Microsoft 1L Internship  The American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Microsoft to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student living with a disability.

Eligibility Criteria: Be first-year law students in good standing for the degree of J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; Be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association; Be a law student living with a disability

Award: Paid internship
ABA Prudential 1L Internship The American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a student to join the 2021 summer law intern class for a 10-week internship. The internship will either be virtual, or if possible, at Prudential's New Jersey offices, with flexibility depending on the specifics of the situation.

Eligibility Criteria: Be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association; Be a law student with a disability; Be enrolled at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent); Be scheduled for graduation in spring 2023 (full-time students) or spring 2024 (part-time students)

Award: $12,000
Adams and Reese LLP Minority Fellowship To enhance the professional opportunities afforded to racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups, our firm has established the Adams and Reese Minority Fellowship Program. The Fellowship further demonstrates Adams and Reese’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within our firm and the legal profession by providing financial support to underrepresented law students as they embark on their legal careers, and by expanding the career pipeline through future employment opportunities. We will award the Fellowship on an annual basis to two (2) 1L students. Recipients of the Adams and Reese Minority Fellowship will receive a paid summer clerkship within our summer associate program in our Memphis and New Orleans offices following the completion of their first year of law school. They will also receive a $5,000 tuition stipend if the recipient subsequently is offered and accepts a 2L summer clerkship with our firm. Adams and Reese also will assign both Minority Fellowship Recipients attorney mentors who will serve as liaisons to the recipients prior to, during and after their clerkships.

Award: $5,000
Arent Fox 16th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program The scholarship will be awarded to one second-year law student from the Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC offices.

All scholarship recipients will also receive a full-time salaried position in Arent Fox’s 2021 Summer Program. The $20,000 scholarship will be paid in two installments: $10,000 during the student’s second-year summer and another $10,000 payable when the student returns to Arent Fox as an Associate after graduation.

Eligibility Criteria: Second-year law student, in good standing, at an ABA-accredited law school in the US; Scheduled to graduate in 2022; Excellent college and law school academic performance; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Demonstrated leadership qualities, work experience, and community involvement; Authorized to work in the US; Member of a diverse population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession; Must join the 2021 Arent Fox 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: $20,000
Arnold & Porter 1L Chicago Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

The Arnold & Porter 1L Chicago Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship for members of historically underrepresented group in the legal profession supports the firm's deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and is designed to increase diversity and inclusion within our firm and the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Qualified applicants are currently enrolled, first-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools in the Midwest who demonstrate strong academic achievement, an interest in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, leadership qualities within the law school and community, and are authorized to work in the U.S.

Award: 10 week paid summer associate position in the Chicago office, $10,000 scholarship to be used for 2L year, $5,000 award to be used for 3L year provided student has received and accepted an offer to join the Summer Associate program for a minimum of 8 weeks during their 2L summer.

Baker Hostetler Diversity Fellowship

Open to any second-year law student, successful applicants to the program will receive up to a $25,000 award as well as a position in the BakerHostetler summer associate program. The amount of $10,000 will be paid within the first 30 days of starting in a summer associate position with the firm and the remaining $15,000 is contingent upon receiving and accepting a full-time offer with the firm, to be paid within 30 days of joining the firm as a full-time associate.

Eligibility Criteria: This is a merit-based fellowship. Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria: Enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school and in good standing as a second-year law student at the time of application; A member of one of the underrepresented racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a member of the LGBTQ community or an individual with a disability; Not a recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm for the same time period; Applicants must spend at least eight weeks with the firm (the Houston office will permit applicants to work six weeks with the firm). Splitting time between two offices may be permitted based upon approval of the two offices’ Hiring Partners; A U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

Award: up to $25,000

Baker Hostetler Paul D. White Scholarship

The Paul D. White Scholarship is awarded annually to law students of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian, or Alaska Native descent. The scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship and a $7,500 cash award.

Eligibility Criteria: All applications must be submitted via their online application tool; Detailed eligibility criteria is available once registered with Baker Donelson technology system.

Award: $7,500

Barnes & Thornberg Diversity Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be a first-year law student with a demonstrated commitment to positive change on the diversity, inclusion and equity front and to contributing meaningfully to the diversity, inclusion and equity goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. The scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.

Award: up to $15,000

Beck Redden 1L Diversity Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application; Minimum six-week commitment to Beck Redden’s 2021 summer associate program; A U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States; and Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021.

Award:
Up to $30,000

Best Best & Keriger First Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a member of a diverse group (including ethnic, gender, physical disability and/or sexual orientation) and enrolled as a full-time first year law student at the time of application; Outstanding undergraduate and law school academic achievement that evidences potential for a successful career in the remaining years of law school and as a practicing attorney; Meaningful contribution to the diversity of the law school student body and likelihood to make similar impacts in the legal community upon entering the practice of law; A demonstrated commitment to practice law after graduation in the area in which the recipient is based during the 2020 Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Program.

Award: $7,500

CommonSpirit – Polsinelli Diversity Health Care Legal Fellowship Program

Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled and in good standing as a law student at an ABA accredited law school and in the top 25% of law school class; Demonstrated commitment to participate in the Fellowship Program in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver or Seattle; Timely submission of all Fellowship Program application materials; Desire to be part of a talented team, driven to provide exceptional work product and value practicing law in a highly focused but collegial setting.

Daughters of the American Revolution: American Indian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.

Eligibility Criteria: Must be Native American; Selection based on financial need and academic achievement.

Award: $4,000

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in the JD class of 2022, must meet Finnegan’s hiring criteria (a degree in life sciences/chemistry, engineering, or computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience), and must contribute to enhancing diversity.  We define diversity broadly.  Successful applicants have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled, and sexual orientation groups that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Award: $15,000
Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidate must be a full-time first-year law student enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2021. Successful applicants must demonstrate exceptional academic performance, outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations, a commitment to community service, strong interpersonal skills, and other special achievements and honors

Award: $10,000
GRBA & FSBA Minority Clerkship Program

The Minority Clerkship Program represents a collaborative effort between the Grand Rapids Bar Association and Floyd Skinner Bar Association, to increase the number of minority attorneys within the legal community of Grand Rapids, Michigan. By facilitating the placement of first-year minority law students in various law firms, corporations, and public interest clerkships; we hope to augment the representation of diverse constituencies, to further enrich the cultural landscape of West Michigan’s legal community.

Eligibility Criteria: Be a first-year student in good standing at his or her law school J.D. program. A first-year law student is one who is applying for the summer immediately following their first opportunity to take legal writing; Be a minority group member as defined below (Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native); Display a desire to practice in Western Michigan after completing law school; and Complete a legal writing course before the clerkship begins.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Criteria: Must be of Hispanic heritage; U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students; Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2021-2022 academic year; Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

Award: $500 to $5,000

JVS Scholarship Program

Eligibility Criteria: Jewish, Were born and raised in Chicago metropolitan area, including Lake County, Indiana; or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; Intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school; Are entering an accredited graduate program in a helping profession on a full-time basis for the full 2021-2022 academic year; Demonstrate financial need and career promise; Are available for an interview between March 1 and April 20, 2021.

Award: Varies

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

The Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest is a highly regarded legal writing competition that encourages and rewards law students for their outstanding writing on business law topics. Entries to the contest may be submitted by current JD students. The contest winner is awarded $1,000 and their entry will be considered for publication in The Business Lawyer.

Award: $1,000

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

Award: $ 20,000
Munger Tolles & Olson Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program Eligibility Criteria: All applicants must be first-year law students in good standing pursuing a JD 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 to contribute to the diversity of Munger Tolles and the legal community. In the past, candidates have included 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.
New York State Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship in Environmental & Energy Law

This fellowship program is designed to encourage minority law students to enter the field of environmental law.

Eligibility Criteria: Diverse law students — first-year, second-year and third year (evening only) — are eligible for the fellowship program if they are either enrolled in a New York law school or are permanent residents of New York State and enrolled in a law school in the United States. All applicants must be members of NYSBA and the Environmental & Energy Law Section. Membership is free for law students.

Award: $7,500

Reed Smith 1L Diverse Scholars Program

The Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program provides an award in the amount of $20,000 and a summer associate position to two 1L law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The award is to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to the recipient’s legal education and will be paid in addition to the summer associate salary. Summer associate positions in 2021 are available in the following Reed Smith offices: Century City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Richmond, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tysons, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants will be considered under the same high academic standard applied to all summer associate candidates. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants must accept Reed Smith’s offer to join the Summer Program following the completion of their second year of law school. Applicants must be matriculated at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Award: $20,000

Winston & Strawn 1L and 2L Diversity Scholarships Eligibility Criteria: In selecting the scholarship recipients, Winston & Strawn will consider the students’:
• Interest in practicing law after graduation in one of Winston’s U.S. offices (currently, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.)
• Law school and undergraduate record, including academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities
• Demonstrated leadership abilities and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession
• Member of a historically underrepresented group in in the legal profession, including law students who are members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, or are differently abled

Award: $25,000

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Alaska Bar Association Law School Scholarships Eligibility Criteria: The Alaska Bar Association offers law school scholarships to current 1st or 2nd year law students who demonstrate ties to Alaska, and an intent to return to Alaska within two years of graduation.

Award: Varies
American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Scholarship: Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholar Program The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program Assists STEM-Educated Individuals from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Seeking Admission to an ABA-Accredited Law School to Explore a Career in Patent Law in the United States.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be members of a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the patent law profession and be seeking admission to an ABA-accredited law school in the United States.  Applications are also accepted from individuals who have been admitted to law school but have not yet enrolled.

Award: Varies
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation Han C. Choi Scholarship The NAPABA Law Foundation has partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, to honor a NAPABA Trailblazer, mentor and leader, who embodies grit and courage in the face of great adversity.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled as a full time or part time 1L or 2L law student in an Association of American Law School (AALS)-accredited law school. The candidate must exhibit academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience and demonstrate an interest in AAPI civic issues. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor).

Award: $5,000
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) awards scholarships to 60-70 outstanding students in a variety of academic disciplines for use during the following academic year. Scholarships range from $2,500 – $12,000.

Eligibility Criteria: Be a member of NIAF or have a parent, grandparent or guardian with an active NIAF membership; Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education for the Fall 2019 semester; Have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). Some scholarships require a lower GPA requirement for eligibility. Students that are a part of a pass-fail system are also eligible to apply; Be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien; For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be considered “Italian American,” the student must have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy

Award: Varies
Orphan Foundation of America Scholarship The scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and funding levels are determined based on cost of attendance and other resources. In addition to the money, Casey Family Scholars will receive ongoing support through the OFA's mentor program.

Eligibility Criteria: This program is open to those who were part of Casey Family Services Foster Care in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont, and provides up to $10,000 over the course of a college career.

Award: Varies
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Law Fellowship The SEO Law Fellowship Program offers scholarships, academic preparation, career development training and internship opportunities to talented, underrepresented incoming law students. Fellows spend two weeks in New York City receiving hands-on training from legal practitioners and academic instruction from law school professors, before embarking on an 8-week paid internship at a top corporate law firm - all before starting law school. Additionally, fellows receive ongoing academic support throughout their first year and lifetime access to over 14,000 SEO alumni, including over 1,600 attorneys in the SEO Law Alumni Network.

Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0; Graduated (or will graduate in May 2021) from a four-year U.S. college or university; Applying to law school for matriculation in fall 2021; Must take the LSAT or GRE prior to March 7, 2021; Deadline for Scholarship Application: March 7, 2021

Award: Varies
Zelle LLP 2021 Diversity in Law Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must either be: (1) first-year law students pursuing their Juris Doctor degree who are currently enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school and who have completed at least one semester of law school; or (2) be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree students currently enrolled in their second year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants also must either (1) be a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Applicants are required to have a 2.8 cumulative law school GPA (or its equivalent).

Award: $15,000

Other Opportunities

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Judicial Internship with US District Court of Washington D.C.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for summer 2021.
**Depending on circumstances relating to the ongoing pandemic, some or all of this internship may involve remote work.**
Judge Jackson encourages all students, including those with diverse backgrounds and experience, who have an interest in litigation and the work of the trial court to apply. Interns will research substantive and procedural legal issues and draft written recommendations for resolving those issues. They will also be responsible for detailed editing and citation checking. Additionally, interns will have regular opportunities to observe court proceedings. This unpaid internship is open to all law students. Summer interns are expected to work full time for at least 10 weeks.
Applications should contain a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial is accepted; first year students may submit transcripts separately when grades become available), three professional or academic references, and a short writing sample of 15 or fewer pages that reflects the applicant’s research and analytical skills.
Please send all applications by email to: Judge_Jackson_Internships@dcd.uscourts.gov. Please title the subject line as follows: Summer 2021 Intern Application: [applicant’s name] Please do not mail applications or provide undergraduate transcripts. Applications will be not reviewed until all required materials, including law school transcripts, have been provided, so applicants are encouraged to send all materials in a single email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Questions may be directed to chambers at the above email address.

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 interest 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.

Shook Scholars Institute

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is currently accepting applications for our Virtual Scholars Institute on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9, 2021.  The Shook Scholars Institute is an innovative diversity and inclusion development program focused on litigation and trial skills, leadership, and career success strategies.  All 1L law students who are self-identified, racially and/or ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ are encouraged to apply. 

Wilson Sonsini 1L Student Diversity Summit

The virtual Wilson Sonsini 1L Student Diversity Summit will bring together the best and brightest diverse law students from around the country. The program will be held over the course of two days: Thursday, March 18 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm PT/5:00 - 8:00 pm ET and Friday, March 19 from 2:00 - 4:30 pm PT/5:00 -7:30 pm ET. Over the course of two days, you will have the opportunity to: meet our attorneys; hear from lawyers about their different career paths; learn more about succeeding in big law; and practice the art of networking. We will provide concrete advice to help you succeed.