Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA)

The LEAD-WA Diversity Fellowship Program was established to provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented first-year law students in Washington State. Selected fellows will be offered a paid 1L summer position at one of the participating employers. Students from Seattle University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga law schools participate.

Employer members of the LEAD-WA Fellowship Program will host an information session in October.

Download the Program Description below for complete details and application instructions. Seattle University law students should apply through Symplicity under the OCI tab beginning in November.

Law Firm 1L Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

In November, CPD hosts a 1L Diversity Fellowship reception to give local firms an opportunity to meet with interested students.

The 2023 reception date will be Monday, November 13 held at Seattle U Law. Please email Matt Etter if your firm is interested in attending.

Information for the 2024 fellowships will be updated as details become available. Please refer to each firm’s website for most updated information and timelines.

Application Deadline 1L Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Programs Contact
Dec 31, 2023 Fenwick & West, LLP Diversity Scholarship Gabriela L Del Aguila
Jan 1, 2024 Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship Kimberly Dunn Jones
Senior Lawyer Recruiter
Jan 5, 2024 Miller Nash Graham & Dunn 1L Diversity Fellowship Madison Taylor
Recruiting Assistant
Jan 7, 2024 Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship Sandra Morriss
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Jan 8, 2024 Cooley LLP Diversity Fellowship Program Amie Santos
Diversity and Inclusion Director
Jan. 8, 2024 Foster Garvey Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship Georgia Woodruff
Director of Legal Talent and Professional Development
Jan 8, 2024 Van Ness Feldman Seattle 1L Diversity Fellowship Saira Rhodes
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Jan 9, 2024 Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson 1L Diversity Fellowship Veronica Sutton
Director of Human Resources
Jan 9, 2024 Schwabe Michelle Baird-Johnson
Jan 15, 2024 Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship Kirsten Otto
Recruiting Coordinator
Jan 15, 2024 Morgan Lewis Molly Terwillinger
Jan 16, 2024 Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Cinnamon Baker
Legal Recruiting Manager
Jan 22, 2024 Keller Rohrback 1L Diversity Fellowship Kathryn Coldiron
Jan 31, 2024 Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship Stephani Nguyen
Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
Feb 2, 2024 Gibbs Law Group LLP Diversity Fellowship Brian Bailey
Mar 1, 2024 Dority & Manning Shayla Warren
Rolling application Cozen O'Connor 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Lauren Carella
Director of Legal Recruiting
TBD Cairncross & Hempelmann Diversity Fellowship Program Jasmine Stone
Human Resources Manager
TBD Fox Rothschild 1L Diversity Fellowship Program Natalie Quinn
Director of Associate Recruitment
TBD K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship Je Myung
Legal Recruiting Manager

National Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Review the NALP Member Diversity Fellowships/Scholarships for additional opportunities offered by national employers outside the Seattle area. Fellowship/Scholarship amounts vary by employer, but in general range from $7,500 - $15,000.

Specialized Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Specialized Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Programs Application Deadline Contact
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Patent Prosecution Diversity Scholarship TBD Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Latham & Watkins 1L Diversity Scholars Program/Leadership Academy TBD Grace McLeod
Global Recruiting Assistant
Perkins Coie 1L Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship (Washington, DC)* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Privacy & Data Security Fellowship (Seattle, Palo Alto, Washington, DC)* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Technology Transactions & Privacy Diversity Fellowship (Seattle only)* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Product Liability Diversity Fellowship (Seattle)* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program (Palo Alto only)* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Fellowship (Palo Alto only)* TBD Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Clerkship Review TCDIP website for application instructions and important dates Varies by employer – see website for details

See all open opportunities at Perkins Coie on its Law Students Careers page.

Contact CPD

Center for Professional Development
Sullivan Hall, Suite 200
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090