Diversity Programs Offer Unique Summer Opportunity
Large law firms around the country – including in Oregon, Washington, and California – offer summer positions for students from diverse backgrounds. The positions generally pay quite well, and many also come with an academic scholarship. While most of these programs are targeted at 1Ls, some law firms and a few other organizations accept applications from students in other class years as well.
If you think you might qualify, you should apply for these opportunities. At this time, this is almost the only way for a 1L student to land a summer opportunity with a large national or international law firm.
Each organization posts hiring criteria, but in general they are looking for individuals who will bring diversity to their organizations; who earned strong grades in college and (the first semester of) law school; and who are involved in their community.
Look at Symplicity, search the NALP directory and law firm websites, or ask a career counselor in our office for help finding these opportunities. Application procedures and deadlines vary slightly by firm; most deadlines are in mid-January.
Diversity Fellowships/Internships posted in Symplicity as of 1/17/12 with approaching deadlines.
|Dorsey & Whitney; Seattle, Denver & Minneapolis-1Ls
(2Ls, open until filled; as of 11/29 were still accepting)
|Perkins Coie; Phoenix, AZ||1/20/12|
|Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Rochester & Buffalo, NY||1/20/12|
|ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (1L/2L); various locations, including California (See their website for DC, FL, NC, NY, RI, Puerto Rico)||1/23/12|
|Families USA Wellstone Fellowship (3L; low-income, minority)||1/27/12 (postmark)|
|Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship Program; DC (1L/2L)||1/31/12|
|ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (1L/2L); DC Endangered Species Summer Fellowship:||2/1/12|
|Mecklenburg County Bar; Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program; Charlotte, NC (due at 12 p.m. EST)||2/3/12|
|American Health Lawyers Assoc. Diversity Summer Internship (1L/2L)||2/6/12|