Diversity Scholarships and Clerkships

Washington University advertises a number of scholarships/Clerkships to increase interview opportunities for students. Washington University students typically participate in the programs listed below. (NOTE: This information is not comprehensive of all scholarships, only those who reach out to our students). While some scholarships are designed to further particular goals of diversity within the legal profession, they cannot discriminate on the basis on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation – ALL students may apply.


Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship 1L/2L
As part of our commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. The $2,000 award is for a student currently in their first or second year of law school as well as students entering law school in the fall of 2015. Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Additional information about the scholarship and application form are posted at http://www.michiganautolaw.com/scholarships/diversity/. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.

McGuireWoods 2015 Diversity Scholarship
At McGuireWoods, we define diversity as recognizing and valuing the differences in our workforce. To us, diversity encompasses age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status and veteran status, as well as educational and professional backgrounds. McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2017, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. For more information on McGuireWoods’ Diversity Scholarship Program, including application instructions, please visit http://media.mcguirewoods.com/publications/Diversity-Scholarship-2015.pdf. Application packet must be received by May 29, 2015.

Hunton & Williams & Capital One 2015 Diversity Program
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 10-week clerkship during the summer of 2015 (from May 18 to July 24). Students will spend six weeks as a summer associate in the Dallas, Texas office of Hunton & Williams and four weeks working in Capital One’s corporate offices in Plano. They also will be enrolled in the LCLD 1L Scholars Program. This program offers law students the opportunity to work side-by-side with leaders from Capital One and Hunton & Williams and to network with attorneys from other LCLD member organizations. Applications for this diversity clerkship will be accepted online at the following link: http://www.huntoncareers.com/lawstudents/apply 

2015 Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship
Diversity is a core value at Arnold & Porter LLP. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession generally, we are pleased to accept applications for our 2015 Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship. The Firm will award $10,000 scholarships to highly qualified first-year students. Each scholarship will be paid to the recipient's law school to help finance his or her tuition costs for the second academic year. Qualified applicants are currently enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school's student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The firm also may take into account a student's need for financial assistance, but such need is not required. For more information and to submit an application, please go to http://arnoldporter.webfactional.com/environment/scholarship.html 

Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program – 1L
Arent Fox will accept applications for the 10th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program starting December 1, 2014. We will award a $15,000 scholarship to three first-year law students in our Washington, New York, and Los Angeles office. Arent Fox’s 2015 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks; from May 18 through July 24, 2015. The summer associate salary is $3,000 per week, and the scholarship recipient will receive the $15,000 award in July 2015. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the 2015 Summer Program. The Firm will accept applications from December 1, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. (local time) on January 21, 2015. To apply visit: http://www.arentfox.com/careers/diversity/diversity-scholarship#.VGTnJLFActQ  

Davis Wright Tremain – 1L Diversity Scholarship
Davis Wright Tremaine has a successful diversity scholarship program for first-year associates in their New York, Seattleand Portland offices. The scholarships are open to all first-year law students of color, or others of diverse backgrounds, academic achievement, committed to civic involvement and are committed to practicing in the Pacific Northwest after law school. Application Deadline, January 14, 2015.  Please visit the website for additional information: http://www.dwt.com/1ldiversityscholarship/  

Fish & Richardson P.C. – 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2015. The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components:  Each selected Fellow receives a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices during the summer of 2015; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a $10,000 scholarship*.  Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm, and offer an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after the completion of their 2L summer clerkship with us. Application deadline January 9, 2015, http://www.fr.com/diversity/#fellowship .

Cleary Gottlieb 1L Diversity Summer Associate Program
Cleary is pleased to solicit applications for our 1L Diversity Summer Associate position in the Washington, DC office. Candidates who are interested in applying to the program should be members of a diverse population that is underrepresented in the legal profession. Candidates should have an anticipated graduation date of spring 2017 and must be able to participate in Cleary Gottlieb’s 2015 Summer Associate Program for a minimum of 8 weeks. Selected candidates will work in the Washington office and those who wish to be considered the following year for a 2L summer associate position will be encouraged to re-apply. Application deadline December 30, 2014. Please visit http://www.cgsh.com/diversity for additional information.

Stoel Rives LLP – First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship  
Stoel Rives is proud to offer First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in our Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle offices. Recipients will each be awarded a salaried summer associate position after their first year of law school and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the following academic year. To us, diversity means differing life experiences, cultures and backgrounds, as well as gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, and age. Application Deadline is January 14, 2015.  For more information visit http://www.stoel.com/diversity.pdf  

Just The Beginning Foundation 1L/2L
are pleased to announce the fifth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented and economically disadvantaged law students.  Operating nationally since 2011, the JRC-JTB Project has placed nearly 300 law students in successful internships to date.  Over 100 judges are expected to participate in our efforts and look to the JRC-JTB Project for summer internship candidates.  The Project is national in scope and will place about 100 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers. Applications will be received online until  5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 5, 2015. Early applications are highly encouraged. http://www.jtbf.org/  

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) – 1L/2L
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT. Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois and Texas. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Application deadline January 9, 2015.  http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/judicial_intern_opportunity_program/students.html  

ABA Business Law – Diversity Clerkship 1L/2L
The American Bar Association Section of Business Law sponsors the Diversity Clerkship Program. This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second year law students.  Participating clerks will receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices that many of them lack. The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. Participants in the Diversity Clerkship will receive a $6,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of their Clerkship. Application deadline December 26, 2014, please visit the website for additional information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html  

Paul D. White Scholarship
BakerHostetler presents the Paul D. White Scholarship, awarded annually to law students of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian, or Alaska Native descent. The scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship and a $7,500 cash award. BakerHostetler’s Cincinnati office will be offering 2015 Paul D. White Scholarships for summer associate positions. Application deadline January 16, 2015.  http://www.bakerlaw.com/diversity/firmdiversityscholarship  

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The application materials for the 2015 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students are now available for download.  Completed application materials are due January 12, 2015 and scholarship winners will be announced in May 2015. http://bannerwitcoff.com/about/diversity/  

Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship 1L
As part of McAndrews’ long-standing commitment to fostering a diverse work environment, the firm is proud to offer its annual “Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship” as part of our summer associates program. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year student of an ABA-accredited law school.  The individual chosen must possess a diverse background, a technical degree in science or engineering, and a commitment to pursuing a patent law career in Chicago.  As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow gains crucial experience in a wide range of IP and complex technology matters, is mentored by a senior member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is eligible for a second clerkship in the firm’s summer associates program. Application deadline January 15, 2015. http://www.mcandrews-ip.com/careers/diversity-fellowship.html  

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for first year students at Washington University School of Law.  LCLD is a national organization of more than 200 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners.  LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career.  To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2014-2015 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 30 cities around the country, including St. Louis.   Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in your city, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations.  Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming.  For more information about LCLD, please visit LCLD’s website at www.lcldnet.org  

Yale New Haven Health System/Wiggin and Dana Diversity Scholar Program
The Yale New Haven Health System, in conjunction with the law firm of Wiggin and Dana LLP, will offer a paid split summer opportunity for a first year law student who will have, by the summer of 2015, completed the first year of law school. The student will spend the first four weeks of this eight-week program at the New Haven office of Wiggin and Dana and the second four weeks working in the Yale New Haven Health System Legal and Risk Services Department. The position is intended to provide broad exposure to a wide variety of legal issues, including multiple aspects of health care law. Students who are authorized to work in the United States, and who will have completed their first year of law school by the summer of 2015, are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a strong academic record, excellent writing skills, and an interest in learning about health care law. Application deadline January 9, 2015; https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_app_frm.aspx?lawfirm=184&id=13  

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 30 law firms and 15 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Their mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. The application deadline is January 16, 2015 but they do encourage students to submit materials before winter break. Please see the http://diversityinpractice.org/index.asp?pageID=24 for more details.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt 1L
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt makes significant efforts to ensure that our attorneys reflect the community in which we live through our recruitment of summer associates. For over a decade Schwabe has recruited talented first-year law students to participate in the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program.  The program is open to students who have completed their first year of law school. The 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program consists of a paid summer associate position in the firm's Seattle, Washington office. The recipient will receive a $7,500 academic stipend to assist with law school expenses during the student’s second year of law school. Materials must be received by January 12, 2015. http://www.schwabe.com/recruitsummeronlineapply.aspx.

Harter Secrest & Emery Diversity Scholarship
At Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, we are committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. We believe that by continuously broadening the diversity of our attorneys that we provide better service to our clients and create a richer work environment. As part of this commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree, we have established the Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship. The firm awards one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student’s second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student’s fi­rst and second year of law school. Application deadline, January 30, 2015. https://www.hselaw.com  

Weil 1L  Diversity Fellowship Program
The Weil, Gotshal & Manges Diversity Fellowship Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship is open to current students at ABA-accredited law schools who have successfully completed the first semester of their first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2017. All fellowship candidates must intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. http://www.weil.com/careers/how-to-apply 

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship
The scholarship provides financial support to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. The diversity scholarship award is $15,000, which may be renewed the following year, and a paid 2016 summer position in one of the firm’s domestic offices. The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2016 summer associate in one of our domestic offices (Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington).  Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in the JD class of 2017, must meet Finnegan’s hiring criteria (a degree in life sciences, engineering, or computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience), and must contribute to enhancing diversity.  We define diversity broadly.  Successful applicants have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled, and sexual orientation groups that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. Additional information about the scholarship and application form are posted at www.finnegan.com/careers.  The deadline for applications is February 13, 2015.

Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship Program
The Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship was launched in 2007 to attract and offer opportunities to the finest law students from all backgrounds and perspectives. Each year, Fellowships are awarded to four first-year law students from historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession. Diversity Fellows receive $7,000 each and the opportunity to clerk as a summer associate in one of V&E’s U.S. offices (Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Francisco, or Washington DC) following their first year of law school. The online application is due January 31 of each year, and the link may be accessed here: www.velaw.com/Who-We-Are/Diversity---Inclusion/V-E-Diversity-Fellowships   Read more about V&E’s summer associate program: www.velaw.com/Join-Us/Law-Students/Summer-Associate-Program 

The 2015 Cooley Diversity Fellowship
As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply. For 1L students in the 2014–2015 academic year, applications must be received by January 5, 2015. http://www.cooley.com/69693  

Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship
The Columbus, Ohio-based law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter is offering two first-year law students, who are members of historically underrepresented populations, each a $5,000 scholarship, plus a paid summer clerkship position with our 2015 first-year class. Our Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually based on demonstrated academic performance, accomplishments and activities. Those interested in being considered should submit the following materials no later than January 16, 2015: www.keglerbrown.com/news/2015-diversity-scholarships  

Miller Nash and Graham & Dunn Diversity Fellowship
Through the 1L Diversity Fellowship program each year we offer a paid summer associate position and a $7,500 scholarship to be applied to the law student’s second-year tuition.  For summer 2015, there are two first-year law student positions available, one in Portland and one in Seattle. DEADLINE:  Application must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 15, 2015. http://www.millernash.com/difference/xpqGC.aspx?xpST=Diversity  

Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship
First-year law students are invited to apply to participate in the 1L Fellowship Program. 1L Fellows will spend the first five or six weeks of the summer in our Chicago, Houston, New York or Washington DC office (as applicable) and the remaining portion of the 10 weeks with one of our clients ($3,080/week). 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our Diversity Leadership Academy and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer. Applications from interested first-year law students are due January 9, 2015 and can be accessed starting on December 1, 2014 at www.lw.com/1LFellowship.

Latham & Watkins Leadership Academy
First-year law students are also invited to apply to attend Latham's inaugural Diversity Leadership Academy, March 27-29, in San Francisco. This event is firm sponsored (including hotel, meals and travel) and will bring together Latham attorneys from around the globe, 1L Fellows and other talented first-year law students from across the United States with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our diverse lawyers, recruits and 1L guests. Those of you who have self-identified as being diverse will also be invited to attend Diversity Leadership Academy. We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a fun and informative weekend. Applications from interested first-year law students are due January 9, 2015 and can be accessed starting on December 1, 2014 at www.lw.com/DiversityLeadershipAcademy .

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Diversity Scholarship Program
In addition to working as a salaried Summer Associate in one of Dinsmore’s offices, recipients will receive a scholarship up to $10,000. Recipients will also be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. We are specifically seeking applicants who have a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership qualities, and a meaningful commitment to diversity.We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for one first-year law student with global consumer products company Procter & Gamble. One first-year scholarship recipient will be a salaried Summer Associate for both P&G and Dinsmore, splitting a 12-week period between both organizations’ Cincinnati, Ohio offices. Additionally, we have a similar opportunity with Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world's largest restaurant companies with over 40,000 restaurants.  One first-year law student would be selected to split a 12-week period with Dinsmore and Yum! Brands, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky.  Interested first-year students may apply for all opportunities between December 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. http://www.dinsmorecareers.com/diversity/diversity-scholarship-program  

Barnes & Thornburg's Diversity Scholarship
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to announce the Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. The Scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm. Application materials must be received by February 7, 2015 (if all law school grades are not received by the deadline date, please submit available grades and the remainder of grades can be submitted as they are received). http://www.btlaw.com/careers_students_diversity/ 

Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships
Our fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.  This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities. In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school.  Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.  Additional information on the Fellowships (including how to apply) can be found here: http://www.goodwinprocter.com/Careers/Law-Students/Public-Interest-Fellowship.aspx  

***As with all programs, fellowships, and job fairs not sponsored by the CSO, please refer to the program materials, including the program website, for further information and program details. All interested students are encouraged to apply.***