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.

Application Process

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 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 Opportunities

Please 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 YearProgramDeadline MonthDeadline YearDeadlineApplications Considered on a Rolling Basis?Other NotesURL
2L (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.
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2L (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
2L (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
2L (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.
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2L (Class of 2020) Hunton & Williams LLP and Dominion Energy 1L Diversity Clerkship Opportunity - Summer 2018Dominion 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
2L (Class of 2020)Reed Smith’s 2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars ProgramJuly 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.
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2L (Class of 2020) 2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity ScholarshipJuly 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
2L (Class of 2020) Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship ProgramSeptember 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.
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2L (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.
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2L (Class of 2020) Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity ScholarshipSeptember 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 mentorMore Information
2L (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
2L (Class of 2020) The Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Diversity and Inclusion FellowshipDiversity and Inclusion Fellows will be selected from a pool of applicants who have completed their first year of law school and seek summer employment at Drinker Biddle. To receive the Fellowship, a candidate must receive and accept an offer of employment from Drinker Biddle as a Fellow after the completion of the Drinker Biddle summer associate program. Each Fellow selected from among the applicants will receive a $10,000 award intended to defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. For the summer of 2019, Fellowships may be available in the following offices: Chicago, Dallas, Florham Park, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. More Information
2L (Class of 2020) Arent Fox LLP - 14th Annual Diversity Scholarship ProgramAugust 20188/15/2018 The Firm will accept applications on a rolling basis until 11:59 pm (local time) on August 15, 2018.The scholarship will be awarded to one second-year law student from the Washington, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco offices.

Arent Fox’s 2019 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the entire 2019 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.
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2L (Class of 2020) Bryan Cave Diversity Scholarship Program September 2018 9/30/2018We will be accepting applications for our summer program between June 1 and August 1, 2018. The diversity scholarship application process will run from August 15 through September 30, 2018 for those candidates who have accepted an offer.This program awards diversity scholarships to up to four second-year law students. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses during the student’s final year of law school.

Recipients must have received and accepted an offer for a summer associate position after the second year of law school in one of our U.S. offices.
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2L (Class of 2020)Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowships August 2018 8/24/2018We are excited to announce an increase in our annual 2L Diversity Fellowships to $25,000 for each award! Top students of color and LGBTQ students are encouraged to apply, and awarded students also receive a summer clerkship in one of our U.S. offices. V&E Fellowships are another way we support our commitment to inclusion in the profession and at V&E. Applications for this year’s Fellowships are available online through August 24, 2018. Each applicant will need to update his/her profile and upload a diversity statement (500 words or less) describing how his/her unique experiences will contribute to our practice of law. More Information
3L (Class of 2019)Business and Professional People for the Public Interest - The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship October 201810/12/2018This is an exceptional fellowship opportunity in Chicago for a recent law or public policy graduate. One of the country’s foremost public interest law and policy centers, BPI strives to resolve compelling issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region by addressing the challenges of urban poverty, increasing housing and educational opportunity, building vital communities, and improving Illinois’ criminal justice system.

Fellows receive an attractive salary and benefits (including school loan repayment assistance, based on need).

Please note that we are especially encouraging persons of color to apply for this Fellowship and would appreciate your assistance in attracting these candidates.
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2L (Class of 2020)Southern Environmental Law Center - Summer Diversity and Inclusion FellowshipOctober 2018 10/15/2018 The Summer Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship at SELC provides the opportunity to be an integral part of a team working on a full range of issues of particular importance to the South—clean air, clean and adequate water, energy, forests, coasts and communities—in addition to working with our Diversity Coordinator to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It is a 10 consecutive week assignment.

The Fellow can expect to do research and writing on litigation or other environmental advocacy in a substantive area as well as on diversity in the workplace. Research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, procedural and evidentiary issues as well as legal and non-legal research on diversity. In addition to research and writing, the Fellow will also participate in strategy sessions, document review, client meetings, site visits, and other aspects of case or project management. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow will give an oral presentation on a substantive environmental issue and receive extensive feedback.

The Fellow may also observe depositions, hearings, meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups. We hold periodic seminars or lunch and learn sessions to introduce the Fellow to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are held each summer.
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