Many firms and other organizations offer academic-year, summer, and post-graduate scholarship or fellowship opportunities for students who self-identify as diverse as part of their diversity initiatives.
What does it mean to be “diverse?”
The definition of what constitutes a “diverse” applicant varies widely among the different opportunities. Generally, diversity is defined broadly to encompass individuals with varied backgrounds. Some opportunities may be limited to students of a particular racial, ethnic, religious, or socio-economic background; women; students with a disability; or who identify as LGBTQ. Others, however, are available to students who are advancing the cause of diversity within their community, without regard to the individual’s own diversity status, or to students who have faced adversity and, thereby, have a diverse perspective on life and the practice of law. If an opportunity does not specify how diversity is defined, think of it in a broad and inclusive way.
Each opportunity has specific eligibility criteria and application instructions, and application deadlines will occur throughout the year. Please note that this list will be periodically updated with additional opportunities.
You may direct questions about these opportunities to the sponsoring organization or you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to schedule an appointment or reach out via email with any questions or concerns as you work on your application materials.
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2018-2019 Upcoming Deadlines for Diversity OpportunitiesPlease note, this table may be sorted by any of the columns by clicking the column header. There are over 100 opportunities available to students over the course of a year. As we receive information for the 2018-19 academic year, this table will be updated regularly.
|Class Year||Program||Deadline Month||Deadline Year||Deadline||Applications Considered on a Rolling Basis?||Other Notes||URL|
|1L (Class of 2020)||Chattanooga Minority Clerkship Program - Summer 2018||Participating students will have the opportunity to work for up to 12 weeks (6 with a law firm and 6 with a local government agency or in-house legal department in Chattanooga, TN). |
For more information, interested students are invited to attend a reception on December 19th in Chattanooga, TN.
|1L (Class of 2020)||Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship (Minneapolis)||Gain unprecedented experience by spending the summer clerking with the best of the best. See how our 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship connects our first-class corporate and law firm members with talented 1L students of color. Gain experience and legal training from a premier law firm and real world insight into the fast-paced environment of a Fortune 500 legal department!||More Information|
|1L (Class of 2020)||Hunton & Williams LLP and Altria Group, Inc. Denise F. Keane Fellowship – Summer 2018||Paid, 10-week 1L LCLD Scholar position in Richmond, VA; Students will spend 7 weeks as a summer associate at the firm and 3 weeks working in Altria's corporate office.||More Information|
|1L (Class of 2020)||Hunton & Williams LLP - 1L Diversity Clerk (Dallas, TX)||Capital One and Hunton & Williams LLP are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that represents their global businesses and allows them to better serve their respective clients and customers. In keeping with this commitment, Capital One and Hunton & Williams are pleased to partner with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (“LCLD”) 1L Scholars program to offer a unique opportunity for two outstanding diverse first-year law students.|
The selected students will participate in an innovative ten-week clerkship during the summer of 2018 (from May 17 to July 27). Students will spend six weeks as a summer associate at the Dallas, Texas office of Hunton & Williams and four weeks of the summer working in Capital One’s corporate offices in Plano. They also will be enrolled in the LCLD 1L Scholars Program. This clerkship not only offers law students the opportunity to work side-by-side with leaders from Capital One and Hunton & Williams, but also to network with lawyers from other LCLD member organizations.
|1L (Class of 2020)||Hunton & Williams LLP and Dominion Energy 1L Diversity Clerkship Opportunity - Summer 2018||Dominion and Hunton & Williams are pleased to partner with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (“LCLD”) 1L Scholars program to offer one outstanding diverse first-year law student focused on pursuing a career in Richmond, VA, the opportunity to participate in a ten-week clerkship during the summer of 2018 (from May 17 to July 27). Students will spend six weeks as a summer associate at the Richmond, Virginia office of Hunton & Williams and four weeks of the summer working in Dominion Energy’s corporate offices in Richmond. They also will be enrolled in the LCLD 1L Scholars Program.||More Information|
|1L (Class of 2020)||Reed Smith’s 2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program||July||2018||7/20/2018||Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity, which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program. |
The Deborah Broyles Diverse Scholars Program provides two $20,000 awards to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to her/his legal education for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
|1L (Class of 2020)||2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship||July||2018||7/31/2018||The recipient of the award will receive a $10,000 scholarship (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to be used to cover law school expenses.||More Information|
|1L (Class of 2020)||Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program||September||2018||9/1/2018||The program is open to rising 2L law students and grants awardees with a $10,000 scholarship and a salaried summer associate position at one of our Firm’s 18 offices. (Placements are determined on a case-by-case basis.)|
The selection process coincides with Nelson Mullins’ regular summer associate recruiting process. Awardees will be chosen by the Scholarship Selection Committee and will receive the scholarship award following successful completion of the Firm’s 2019 summer associate program. Receipt of the Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship has no bearing on the firm’s hiring process.
|1L (Class of 2020)||2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship||June||2018||6/15/2018||We will award three scholarships to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2018. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2019 in one of our Firm’s offices. |
Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000, which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school, to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.
|3L (Class of 2018)||Share the Wealth Judicial Clerkship Opportunity for 3L's and Law School Graduates!||July||2018||7/21/2018 - 5:00 pm EST||In connection with Just The Beginning-A Pipeline Organization's Share the Wealth Judicial Clerkship Program, six federal judges will be conducting a round of interviews to fill 2019-2020 clerkship positions in their chambers. |
The Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program is a referral program run by judges who feel that it is of the upmost importance to encourage more minorities to compete for federal judicial clerkships. The participating judges are below:
- Judge Raymond Jackson (Eastern District of Virginia);
- Judge Linda Parker (Eastern District of Michigan);
- Judge Benita Pearson (Northern District of Ohio),
- Judge Margaret Seymour (District of South Carolina);
- Judge Ivan Lemelle (Eastern District of Louisiana);
- Judge Tanya Pratt (Southern District of Indiana);
- United States Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis (Eastern District of Virginia)
To apply, students must log on to their OSCAR account and submit a separate application package via OCSAR to each judge whom they would like to consider their application.
|3L (Class of 2018)||Simon Sobeloff Jewish Law Society Honorable Steven G. Salant Scholarship||September||2018||9/25/2018||Scholarship in the amount of $1800|
Students must be 3L or 4LE and have the intention of practicing law in Maryland.
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|1L (Class of 2020)||Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship||September||2018||9/28/2018||Applications for the program will be accepted, and considered on a rolling basis, between July 2, 2018 and September 28, 2018.||$25,000 scholarship to five (5) outstanding rising 2L students to offset expenses for their third year of law school, plus a paid second year (2L) summer associate position at the firm (Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and DC offices), along with a dedicated attorney mentor||More Information|
|1L (Class of 2020)||2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship||July||2018||7/31/2018||The recipient of this award will receive a $10,000 scholarship (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to be used to cover law school expenses.||More Information|