Many law firms offer diversity fellowships or scholarships to law students.  These are excellent opportunities for students to work as summer associates in either their 1L or 2L summer, gain real world experience, build connections within the firm, and all in addition to receiving funds to help offset the costs of law school!

Your Office of Career Services team strongly encourages all interested students to apply.

The list of firms offering these opportunities is always growing.  Below, your team at Career Services has compiled a list of the opportunities we are aware of.  We encourage you to view this list as a starting point for your research.  As you are reviewing the websites of firms you are interested in, always be sure to check whether they offer a diversity fellowship/scholarship.

We also offer an Excel spreadsheet with this information so you can sort items by deadline, award, or position type. 

Who are the firms looking for?  Make your argument, Counselor!  If you believe you can bring a diverse perspective to the firm that will help them better serve their clients, then tell them why. 

Here is a typical answer from one of the firms on our list to the FAQ about what constitutes diversity for these applications:

Q. I’d like to apply for the diversity scholarship, but I’m not sure whether I am considered a “diverse” candidate.

A. We ask that each scholarship applicant identify in the application how they will add to the diversity of our Firm. We do not place any restrictions on what constitutes diversity; it is open to the applicant’s interpretation. However, students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

As you dig into the links below, you will see that most of these opportunities request applicants to submit an essay (or two) addressing the diverse perspective they will bring to the firm.

Best of luck and please reach out to your Career Services advisor with any questions.

 

A

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/7/2022
  • Award Amount: $3000
  • Type of Position: Judicial Internship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/7/2022
  • Award Amount: $2,000
  • Type of Position: Judicial Internship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

ACC National Capital Region Corporate Scholars Program

  • Target Class Year: 2L/3L/4L
  • Application Deadline: 1/7/2022
  • Award Amount: 10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Internship
  • FAQ flyer
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Adler Pollock & Sheehan Walter R. Stone 2L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 2Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Program Flyer
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Akin Gump Diversity Inclusion Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $25,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Closed for 2022
  • Award Amount: $20,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Arnold & Porter Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000-15,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate  
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

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Barnes & Thronburg Diverstiy

  • Target Class Year: 1L
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount:  $5,000 - $15,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 12/16/2021

Baker Botts AT&T 1L IP Diversity Fellowship 

  • Target Class Year: 1L
  • Application Deadline: Opens 11/1/2021
  • Award Amount:  not specified
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/8/2021

Baker Botts Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Target Class Year:  1L
  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2021-2/11/2022
  • Award Amount: $ 12,500
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Baker Hostetler Paul D. White Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 1L/2L
  • Application Deadline: 10/4/2021 – 2/18/2022
  • Information Document
  • Award Amount: 1L: $7,500 & 2L: 10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of 11/18/2021

Ballard Spahr Diversity Fellowships

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline:  Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $5,000 (for 1L programs)
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Best, Best, and Krieger 1L Diversity Program Target Class Year: 1Ls

  • Application Deadline: TBA
  • Award Amount: $7,500
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021
  • Blank Rome LLP Diversity Scholars Program Target Class: 1L /2L Evenings
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $25,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

C

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

  • Target Class: 1L
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/17/2021
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Choate 1L Diversity Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Cooley Diversity Scholarship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: TBA
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Cozen O’Connor 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Target Class Year: 1Ls

  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $5,000-$10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

D

Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021 and closes 1/4/2022
  • Award Amount: $15,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Dinsmore & Shohl Diversity Scholarship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

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Federal Communications Bar Association Diversity Pipeline (FCBA) Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2021.
  • Award Amount: Not Specified
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Information Brochure
  • Updated as of: 11/8/2021

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: Up to $15,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/28/2021
  • Award Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate  
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowships

  • Target Class Year: 3Ls or Recent Graduates who clerked
  • Application Deadline: 1/14/2022
  • Award Amount: Not Stated
  • Type of Position: Post-Grad Fellowship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

G

Goodwin Diversity Fellowships   

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Internship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

H

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/24/2022
  • Award Amount: $7500
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Program Flyer
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000 (1Ls) / $7,500 (2Ls)
  • Type of Position: 1L Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/7/2022
  • Award Amount: Not specified
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Hinckley Allen Scholarship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2L
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/15/2022
  • Award Amount: $5,000/$10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Hispanic Bar Association of DC Judicial Internship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1L/2L
  • Application Deadline: Opens early spring
  • Award Amount: Unpaid
  • Type of Position: Judicial Internship
  • Updated as of 11/15/2021

J

Judicial Resources Committee and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization: Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/9/2022
  • Award Amount: Unpaid
  • Type of Position: Judicial Internship
  • Project Announcement
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

K

K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Kelly IP Diversity Fellow Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2022
  • Award Amount: N/A
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 12/10/2021

L

Latham & Watkins 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Sign up on website to be notified when 2022 1L applications open
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program

  • Target Class Year: 2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Closed
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Law in Tech Diversity Collaborative

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Check website
  • Award Amount: Varies by company and law firm.
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/9/2021

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: Varies
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Information Brochure 2022
  • Updated as of: 11/19/2021

M

Major League Baseball Club Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: Recent Graduates
  • Application Deadline: Closed 
  • Type of Position: Post grad
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Abbott-McAndrews Diversity Internship

  • Target Class: 1L with science or engineering degree
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/31/2022
  • Award Amount:
  • Type of Position: Summer Internship
  • Updated as of 11/18/2021

McAndrews 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls interested in patent
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/31/2022
  • Award Amount: $15,000 stipend
  • Type of Position: Summer Clerkship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

McDermott Will & Emery Diverse Law Student Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1L
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $15,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/10/2021

McKool Smith P.C.

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Award Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/10/2021

Milbank 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/3/2022
  • Award Amount: N/A
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Milibank 2L Diversity Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Closed
  • Award Amount: $25,000
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Internship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

O

O’Melveny 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2022
  • Award Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

P

Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award

  • Target Class Year: 1L/2L
  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2022 (1L)
  • Award Amount: $25,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/9/2022 (1L)
  • Award Amount: $15,000 (1L) / $25,000 (2L)
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

R

Reed Smith Diversity Initiatives

  • Target Class Year: 1L/2L
  • Application Deadline: opens 12/1/2022 (1L)
  • Award Amount: $5,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

  • Target Class Year: 1L
  • Application Deadline: opens 2/1/2022
  • Award Amount: N/A
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 12/10/2021

Ropes & Gray Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship

  • Target Class Year: 2Ls
  • Application Deadline: TBA
  • Award Amount: $25,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

S

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline:  12/1/2021-1/11/2022
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Sidley 1L Diversity Fellowship Washington D.C.

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/17/2022
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

The Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1L/ 2L
  • Application Deadline: check website for update
  • Award Amount: Unpaid
  • Updated as of 11/15/2021

Stoel Rives First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/2/2022
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Internship
  • Program Flyer
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

T

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

  • Target Class: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2022
  • Award Amount: Varies by location
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 12/10/2021

Thompson Hine 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: N/A
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Internship
  • Updated as of: 11/10/2021

Tonkon Torp First-Year Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Target Class: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/10/2021

V

Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: 1L application is Open
  • Award Amount: 25,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

W

Weil Diversity Fellowships

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls/2Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021 (1L)
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Updated as of 11/18/2021

White & Case 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2021-1/7/2022
  • Award Amount: Not specified
  • Type of Position: Summer Associate
  • Further Details
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Williams Mullen Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: TBA
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Internship
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021

Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Program

  • Target Class Year: 1Ls
  • Application Deadline: Opens 12/1/2021
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Type of Position: Paid Summer Internship
  • Further Details
  • Updated as of: 11/18/2021