Diversity Job Fairs & Recruitment Programs

HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION MINORITY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION (MOILP) COMMITTEE 1L SUMMER CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

The HBA MOILP Committee sponsors the area’s only summer diversity clerkship program for 1L students.  The positions provide mentoring and real work experiences for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a clerkship at a law firm, corporate legal department, or legal nonprofit.  Applications are due in January each year.  Come by the Career Resource Center for more information.

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1L LCLD (LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ON LEGAL DIVERSITY) SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The 1L LCLD (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity) Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year students.  The program offers students the opportunity to spend their summer working side-by-side with attorneys from AmLaw 350 law firms and Fortune 500 legal departments and participate in a three day summit designed exclusively for 1L LCLD Scholars, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities.

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HAYNES AND BOONE 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Haynes and Boone 1L Diversity Scholars Program has been established to attract outstanding diverse students into the private practice of law while helping these students be successful in law school through both work and mentorship experiences afforded by the program.  The firm’s Scholars Program includes a paid 1L Summer Clerkship with Haynes and Boone and a stipend during the school year.  The deadline to apply for the 1L Diversity Scholars Program for 2019 is January 4, 2019.

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BRADLEY ARRANT ANNUAL 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Bradley’s commitment to diversity is not just a passive ideal, but an active goal that allows the firm to build a team with broad backgrounds and experiences.  Every year, the firm offers two Diversity Scholarships to promote the education of well-qualified law students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.  They have awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 to first-year students who are committed to broadening the diversity of voices in the legal profession.  Scholarship recipients are required to clerk in one of Bradley’s offices for at least six weeks during the summer after the scholarships are awarded.  You must be a current 1L to be considered for this scholarship.  Applications will be accepted from December 1 – March 15, 2019.

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PRACTICEPRO 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, mentorship, and recruiting program designed to help law students understand their career goals and secure employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills required to flourish in their careers.

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V&E DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS

Vinson & Elkins’ 1L Diversity Fellows receive $10,000 (in two $5,000 installments), and each awarded student is required to clerk as a Summer Associate in one of their U.S. offices (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, or Washington) the summer following his/her first year of law school.

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1L BAKER BOTTS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

The Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship provides first-year law students with the opportunity to gain valuable experience at a large, global law firm through paid participation in our 2019 summer program, as well as $12,500 in scholarship funds to assist with defraying the cost of a legal education.  The scholarship funds are paid in two equal amounts – upon acceptance of an offer to join the firm as a first-year summer associate and upon arrival as a second-year summer associate.  Applications for the 2019 1L Diversity Fellowship Program will be available on December 1, 2018.

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ABA SECTION OF LITIGATION SUMMER 2019 JUDICIAL INTERN OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

The ABA Section of Litigation Summer Judicial Intern Opportunity Program places diverse law students with state and federal  judges for summer internships.  Applications must be submitted by the January 11, 2019 deadline.

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ABA BUSINESS LAW SECTION DIVERSITY CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

The Business Law Section sponsors the Diversity Clerkship Program.  This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for four 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.  Participants in the Diversity Clerkship will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of the Clerkship.  Applications must be submitted by the January 7, 2019 deadline.

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BAKER DONELSON DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

The 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship application is now available!  Diverse students who complete their first year of law school by June 2018 are eligible to apply.  The firm will award scholarships to three diverse rising 2Ls for the summer of 2019.  Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L summer associate position in one of the firm’s offices.  Prior to the award recipients’ third year of law school, each award recipient will also receive $10,000 to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

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FISH & RICHARDSON DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Fish & Richardson is pleased to launch its annual 1L Diversity Fellowship Program awarding fellowships to diverse first-year law students.  The program is a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the firm’s practice and the legal profession.  Over 80% of their Fellowship recipients have received offers to join the firm as an associate following graduation.  The Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship is comprised of four components:

  • A paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices in the summer of 2019;
  • Mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm;
  • Participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program; and
  • Up to a $30,000 award – Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; $10,000 to those returning as a 2L summer associate at Fish for the full 10 weeks of the summer program; and $15,000 to those who join the firm as an associate after law school graduation.

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COZEN O’CONNOR 1L DIVERSITY & INCLUSION FELLOWSHIP

Cozen O’Connor seeks to employ lawyers of diverse backgrounds and also those committed to the furtherance of a more diverse and inclusive profession.  Students in their first year of law school with demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

  • Fellows will participate in the firm’s summer associate program beginning in May following their 1L year.
  • Fellows will spend two weeks during the summer associate program working on a pro bono project
  • Fellows will participate in a diversity & inclusion mentorship program.
  • Fellows will be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses, paid in two phases:
    • $5,000 will be awarded upon completion of the Fellow’s 1L summer associate position, to be used toward the Fellow’s 2L year; and
    • If the Fellow receives and accepts an offer to join Cozen O’Connor’s summer associate program following his/her 2L year, $5,000 will be awarded upon completion of the Fellow’s 2L summer associate position and acceptance of an offer to return to Cozen O’Connor as an entry level associate, to be used toward the Fellow’s 3L year.

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AT&T LEGAL DEPARTMENT DIVERSITY SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The AT&T Legal Department is seeking two first-year law students to work as summer interns in the AT&T Dallas Summer Legal Internship Program.  The Program began over ten years as part of the Company’s effort to promote diversity within the legal profession.  The Program is designed to provide interns with an opportunity to develop both personally and professionally, as well as to gain experience by working alongside in-house counsel in a Fortune 10 company.

  • Interns will be paid a competitive salary for a period commencing on May 20, 2019 and concluding on July 26, 2019.
  • Interns will have a unique opportunity to see what life is like as an in-house attorney in one of the country’s largest corporations.
  • Interns will be given opportunities to attend depositions and hearings, conduct research, draft memoranda ranging from a wide array of practice areas (including intellectual property, litigation, regulatory matters, interconnection services, and labor and employment).
  • Interns will also attend an assortment of outings and social functions with AT&T attorneys.

To Apply:

Submit the following to ATTDallasLegalIntern@att.com by January 11, 2019:

  1. resume;
  2. transcript & class rank (if available); and
  3. personal statement (3 pages or less) describing your commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

LAVENDER LAW CAREER FAIR AND CONFERENCE

The Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference is held every summer.  Every year, the sharpest legal minds in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community gather at the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual conference and career fair.  Hundreds of practicing attorneys, dozens of scholars, over 500 students and many leading members of the judiciary, all in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, are expected to attend.

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HEARTLAND DIVERSITY LEGAL JOB FAIR

The Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair is held in Kansas City, Missouri every summer.  Employers will interview for 2L summer clerkships and for permanent positions for 3Ls after graduation.

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SHOOK, HARDY & BACON SCHOLARS INSTITUTE

Shook is excited to host a select group of second-year law students at the Shook Scholars Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Shook Scholars Institute, built around what Shook is best known for, is an innovative diversity and inclusion focused development program concentrated on litigation and trial skills, leadership, and career success competencies for the underrepresented attorney.  Student travel, lodging, and meals will be provided by Shook.

This program has been extended to 1Ls.  Shook Scholars Institute will take place in the firm’s Kansas City, Missouri offices from Wednesday, April 3rd through Friday, April 5th and involve a trial practice program as well as sessions on lawyering, leadership, and success strategies.  The program is open to all self-identified, racially and/or ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ FIRST YEAR law students enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school.  Students can apply through the firm website any time between now and January 31, 2019.  Shook will provide student travel, lodging, and meals.

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NATIONAL BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE & JOB FAIR

The National Black Prosecutors Association Conference & Job Fair is held in Memphis, Tennessee every summer.  The Job Fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

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HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION AND CAREER FAIR

The Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention will be held in Philadelphia, PA.  Job seekers will have time to share their resumes at the Career Fair featuring representations from AmLaw firms, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.

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INDIANAPOLIS BAR ASSOCIATION DIVERSITY JOB FAIR

Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm?  Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary?  Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.

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