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:

  • There will be a Diversity 1L Student Reception at K&L Gates on Thursday, January 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dress is business professional. Diverse first-year law students are invited to meet representatives from the following local law firms and law schools. Business attire recommended. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.  The K&L Gates office is located at 925 4th Ave., Suite 2900 in Downtown Seattle.
  • Program representatives from the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program will be on campus on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Gallery 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 Thursday, November 21, 2013 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 Clerkship Program
Submitted via Symplicity by: NOON, January 22, 2014

Bracewell & Giuliani
1L Joint Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 24, 2014

Davis Wright Tremaine
1L Diversity Scholarship
Received by firm by: January 15, 2014

Dorsey & Whitney
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 17, 2014

Foster Pepper
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 15, 2014

Graham & Dunn
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 15, 2014

Hillis Clark

1L Diversity Fellowship

Received by firm by: January 15, 2014

K&L Gates
National 1L Diversity Fellowship

Please email vonseele@seattleu.edu for a complete description of this position, as well as application instructions.

Received by firm by: January 16, 2014

Miller Nash
Diversity Fellowships
Deadline: January 15, 2014

Mecklenburg County Bar                                            

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

Deadline: January 24, 2014

NALP Diversity Initiatives
Diversity Fellowships
Deadlines vary

Perkins Coie
1L Student Fellowship
Received by firm by: Los Angeles: January 22, 2014; Madison: January 22, 2014; Phoenix: January 22, 2014;
Portland: January 15, 2014; San Francisco: January 15, 2014; Seattle: January 15, 2014

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
1L Diversity Scholarship 
Received by firm by: January 13, 2014

Stoel Rives
First-Year Student Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 15, 2014

Tonkon Torp
First-Year Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 21, 2014

Twin Cities Diveristy in Practice
1L Summer Rotation Clerkship
Deadline: January 17, 2014

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