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. 


Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program
Arent Fox is seeking applicants for its Annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The firm will award three first-year law students $15,000. The scholarship recipients will also join Arent Fox's 2012 Summer Associate Program. Each of the firm's three offices - Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC - will host a scholar this summer. Candidates may only apply to one office.  Application Deadline January 17, 2012. For more information and the application, please visit, [website   

Association of Corporate Counsel Diversity Summer Internship Program
The St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel is very pleased to invite diverse first year law students from St. Louis University, University of Missouri – Columbia, and Washington University (St. Louis) to apply to participate in its inaugural Diversity Summer Internship Program, which offers summer internships in the legal departments of prestigious local companies and organizations. The Program is designed to give students from the law schools in our region the opportunity to experience in-house practice.  We hope to receive applications from individuals who may otherwise lack access to these opportunities.  In the summer of 2012, ACC-St. Louis plans to provide six (6) summer internships at in-house legal departments. These internships will provide substantive experience and meaningful exposure to in-house practice. These opportunities are open to first year students who are in good standing, in full-time and part-time programs. The internships will last for ten (10) weeks and must begin no later than June 4, 2012.  Students will be paid $6,000 for their work as an intern (less applicable income taxes and other deductions).  If you are interested in applying for the Diversity Summer Internship Program, please fill out the application.  The deadline is, February 10, 2012.   All applications must be received by e-mail.  [application

Davis Wright Tremain
Davis Wright Tremaine has a successful diversity scholarship program for first-year associates in their Seattle and Portland offices. The scholarships are open to all first-year law students of color, or others of diverse backgrounds. This year, the firm offers two scholarships (one position in the Seattle office and one position in the Portland office). They consist of a paid summer clerkship and $7,500 for the student’s second-year tuition and expenses. Application Deadline, January 18, 2012.  Please visit the website for additional information: [website]  

Dinsmore & Shohl Diversity Scholarship
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Midwest, is pleased to offer its Diversity Scholarship Program. In addition to working as a salaried Summer Associate in one of Dinsmore’s offices, recipients will receive a scholarship between $5,000 and $10,000. Recipients will also be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. First-year students may apply between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Second-year students may apply between July 25, 2011 and September 15, 2011. For more information, please visit: [website]  

Faegre & Benson LLP – 2012 Diversity Scholarship Program
Faegre & Benson LLP is pleased to announce their 2012 Diversity Scholarship Program. Faegre & Benson is among the 100 largest law firms in the U.S., with U.S. offices in Minnesota, Colorado and Iowa, and international offices in London and Shanghai. They are a firm that greatly values diversity and are excited to offer a scholarship that supports their goals of increasing diversity in the legal profession. [view application]

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship 
Finnegan is not accepting applications for their 2012-2013 Diversity Scholarship. Finnegan rates as one of the nation’s top law firms with respect to diversity. The firm has developed a reputation as a leader in the field of IP law. We are consistently ranked as a top law firm by respected U.S. and international publications. The American Lawyernamed Finnegan as Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year for 2012. Managing Intellectual Propertyonce again named Finnegan the “Full Service U.S. IP Firm of the Year” and Chambers USAranks us #1 tier for IP firms. The Scholarship will provide financial support to qualified minority law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law. The Scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition, usual fees; and a patent bar review course.  Additional information about the scholarship and application form are posted on the websiteThe deadline is March 1, 2012. 

Fish & Richardson P.C. – 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2011. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession. Application Deadline January 13, 2012. For more information, please visit [website].  [view application] 

Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color to your Class of 2014 
For the past six years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color. This year, we will again offer awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.  Please view flyer for additional information.

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
As part of their 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. Their annual scholarship is $2,000.  Application Deadline, May 1, 2013. Please visit the website for additional information: [website]  

Perkins Coie LLP – 1L Diversity Fellowship   
Since 1991, Perkins Coie has been pleased to offer student fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year.  Perkins Coie is now accepting applications for 2013.  Please visit website for additional information and deadlines, [website].  

Stoel Rives LLP – First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship  
Stoel Rives is proud to offer First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in our Portland 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. Application Deadline is January 18, 2012.  For more information visit, website  

Tonkon Torp First Year Diversity Fellowship
Tonkon Torp LLP is committed to the growth of diversity in our Firm and in the local legal community. To that end, we are pleased to offer a student fellowship to a first-year law student who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. The fellowship provides the student selected with a position at Tonkon Torp as a summer associate during the summer immediately following the completion of his or her first year of law school. In addition, if the student returns to work at Tonkon Torp during the summer following his or her second year of law school, the student will receive a $7,500 academic scholarship. Application Deadline January 18, 2012. For additional information, please visit, [website]. 


Altria Group, Inc. and Hunton & Williams LLP 1L Diversity Clerkship Opportunity - Summer 2012
Altria and Hunton & Williams are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for three outstanding first-year law students to participate in an innovative ten-week diversity clerkship in the summer of 2012 (from May 14, 2012 to July 20, 2012). The selected students will spend six weeks as summer associates at the Richmond, Virginia office of Hunton & Williams, and four weeks of the summer working in Altria’s corporate headquarters in Richmond. Participants also will be part of the 1L Scholars Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) and will attend a three-day LCLD Scholars Retreat in Denver or Chicago in June.  Please view flyer for additional information.

 Minnesota State Bar Association’s Minnesota Minority Clerkship Program 
The Clerkship Program provides first-year minority law students with the unique opportunity to obtain “real world” legal experience from some of Minnesota’s large and medium-sized law firms and corporate legal departments.  The program, now in its seventh year, provides first-year law students with a paid legal job during the summer following their first-year of law school.  This is an opportunity not shared by many.  While the program is tailored towards students at law schools in the Twin Cities area, our committee recognizes that many first-year law students at Midwest law schools are interested in practicing law in Minnesota. For more information on the Program, please visit website.  Please note applications are due electronically to the Minnesota State Bar Association by January 20, 2012.  Students can apply online at website.   

St. Louis Diversity Clerkship Program 
The purpose of the Program is to expose first-year law students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to the legal interviewing process, and to gain work experience within a law firm, corporate legal department or public service organization. The long-range goal is to increase diversity in all sectors of the legal community in St. Louis, including groups that traditionally have not been well-represented in our community.  The Program is open to all first-year law students who have completed at least one semester of law school and are in good academic standing at the following law schools: Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and University of Illinois.  For additional information, please see the Washington University School of Law Career Services Office. Registration Deadline, Friday, December 16, 2011. 

Judicial Intern Opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls 
The Judicial Resources Committee and Just The Beginning Foundation ® are pleased to announce the second year of our joint Internship Diversity Pilot Project. The Project’s ultimate goal is to share the judicial internship experience with minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students through summer judicial internship placements. The Project is national in scope and will place 50 students as judicial interns in federal magistrate, bankruptcy, district, and appellate judges’ chambers across the country. All applications should be sent electronically to jrcjtbf@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 9, 2012. 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. Application Deadline Jan 9th 2012. The program’s website may be accessed here

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program for 1Ls and 2Ls 
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is pleased to announce its Summer 2012 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program – Application Deadline Jan 6th, 2012. more...

***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.***