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.)

Check out the quick reference guide of participating organizations with requirements and deadlines.

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:

  • 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP RECEPTION AT K&L GATES
    Thursday, January 8, 2015
    5:00-7:00 p.m.
    K&L Gates
    925 4th Avenue, Suite 2900
    Seattle, WA
    Don't miss an opportunity to get all of your questions answered about the K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship and network with attorneys. RSVP to Tia Chang at Tia.Chang@klgates.com.

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

ABA Business Law Section
Diversity Clerkship Program
Date: December 26, 2014

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
Applications from December 1, 2014 to January 14, 2015 on a rolling basis.

Dorsey & Whitney
1L Diversity Fellowship
Applications from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

Foster Pepper
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 15, 2015

Graham & Dunn
1L Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 15, 2015

Hillis Clark

1L Diversity Fellowship

Received by firm by: January 15, 2015

K&L Gates
National 1L Diversity Fellowship

Received by firm by: Midnight, January 15, 2015

Lane Powell

1L Diversity Fellowship

Received by: January 15, 2015

Miller Nash
Diversity Fellowships
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Mecklenburg County Bar                                            

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

Deadline: TBA

NALP Diversity Initiatives
Diversity Fellowships
Deadlines vary

Nashville Bar - Diversity Committee
Damali Booker First Year Minority Clerkship Project

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Perkins Coie
1L Student Fellowship
Deadline:  January 9, 2015

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
1L Diversity Scholarship 
Received by firm by: January 12, 2015

Stoel Rives
First-Year Student Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 14, 2015

Tonkon Torp
First-Year Diversity Fellowship
Received by firm by: January 14, 2015

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
1L Summer Rotation Clerkship
Deadline: January 16, 2015

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