1L Diversity Program

Every year, a number of local firms sponsor 1L Minority/Diversity summer programs as part of their diversity efforts. Each program includes a paid position for the summer, and some also include a scholarship. These firms are looking for students who will diversify their firms in particular and the profession in general. There is no definition for minority or diversity; rather, you need to think about whether you fit what they are looking for, then make your case. (Think of it like a Legal Writing exercise.)

Evening students are eligible and have been selected in the past, but you must be able to accept a full-time job for at least six to eight consecutive weeks.

Upcoming events:

  • A program representative from the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program will be on campus on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. in room 110 to talk about the program and answer questions about the application process. Dress is business casual.
  • The Annual Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet with individual firms will be on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Gallery. The event format will feature "table talk" and an opportunity to mingle with attorneys and recruiting representatives from firms hosting a 1L summer diversity fellowship. Dress is business professional.

Don't forget there are lots of people here who are happy to help you with your materials: past participants in these programs, and of course all of us in CPD.

Local Sponsor

Puget Sound Area
Minority Fellowship Program
Dates: Click here for the timeline.

Bracewell & Giuliani
1L Joint Diversity Fellowship
No program for 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine
1L Diversity Scholarship
Will receive applications from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015 on a rolling basis.

Dorsey & Whitney
1L Diversity Fellowship
Will receive applications from December 1, 2014 to mid-January, 2015 (TBA for specific date).

Foster Pepper
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: TBA

Graham & Dunn
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: TBA

Hillis Clark

1L Diversity Fellowship

Received by firm by: TBA

K&L Gates
National 1L Diversity Fellowship

More information and instructions are forthcoming.

Received by firm by: TBA

Miller Nash
Diversity Fellowships
Deadline: January 15, 2014

Mecklenburg County Bar                                            

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

Deadline: TBA

NALP Diversity Initiatives
Diversity Fellowships
Deadlines vary

Perkins Coie
1L Student Fellowship
Deadlines TBA

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
1L Diversity Scholarship 
Received by firm by: TBA

Stoel Rives
First-Year Student Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: TBA

Tonkon Torp
First-Year Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: TBA

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
1L Summer Rotation Clerkship
Deadline: TBA

Amy Pritchard '09, and Stacey Lara, Center for Professional Development