Diversity Job Fairs & Recruitment Programs

SUNBELT DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

The Sunbelt Diversity Recruitment Program seeks to provide job access opportunities to students and recent graduates who may be otherwise at risk of being underserved in the job market with a goal of creating greater diversity in our law schools and job opportunities through law school efforts.  All students of participating law schools may attend the Sunbelt Diversity Recruitment Program.  Students/graduates of diverse racial, ethnic, national origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and identification, and religions are particularly encouraged to attend.  Student bidding will begin in June.  Come by the Career Resource Center for more information.

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HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (FORMERLY MOILP) COMMITTEE 1L SUMMER CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

The HBA Diversity and Inclusion 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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1L LCLD (LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ON LEGAL DIVERSITY) SUCCESS IN LAW SCHOOL MENTORING PROGRAM

The 1L LCLD (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity) Success in Law School Mentoring Program has experienced tremendous success since inception.  The program matches 1Ls to a variety of volunteer mentors to help diverse students gain more success with their job search and promote professional development.  LCLD has recruited large and boutique firm lawyers from its member organizations to provide one-on-one mentoring to qualified law students.  These volunteer mentors can help you achieve your professional goals you’ve set for yourself.  Their mentors not only have their experiences in law school to share, but also their experience of the profession, including networking, practice area choice, and knowledge of the legal job market.  Once students register and are matched, they will receive ongoing mentorship from lawyers practicing in the country’s finest companies and law firms.

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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.

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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.

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BRACEWELL 1l DIVERSITY & INCLUSION FELLOWSHIP

Bracewell actively recruits candidates with a demonstrated interest in supporting historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession as part of its efforts to foster an inclusive workplace.  It is with this in mind that the firm offers up to two merit-based fellowships to first-year law students who are particularly committed to diversity and inclusion.  Successful applicants to the program will receive up to a $15,000 award as well as a paid summer associate position in their Houston office.  The amount of $7,500 will be paid in the first paycheck as a first-year summer associate.  An additional $7,500 is contingent upon receiving and accepting an offer to return to the firm as a second-year summer associate, to be paid at the completion of the second summer clerkship.

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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 their 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.

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ABA SECTION OF LITIGATION SUMMER 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.

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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.

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BAKER DONELSON DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Diverse students who complete their first year of law school by June are eligible to apply for the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship.  The firm will award scholarships to three diverse rising 2Ls for the summer.  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;
  • 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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NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT 2L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Global firm Norton Rose Fulbright has established a new diversity fellowship for a second-year law student that will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses.  The Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship recipient also would be a paid summer associate in their Dallas office who would participate in the Summer Associate Academy, training sessions and social and professional events and spend part of the summer working off-site at Toyota Motor North America, a firm client.

Applicants for the 2L Diversity Fellowship need to apply between May and early July after they have completed their first year of law school.  Norton Rose will choose the fellowship recipient in the fall.  The fellow would then work as a summer associate the following summer and would agree to join Norton Rose Fulbright as a full-time associate in its Dallas office upon graduating from law school or completion of a judicial clerkship.

Law students encouraged to apply include highly motivated members of divers populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and socio-economic minorities.

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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 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.

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NATIONAL BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE & JOB FAIR

The National Black Prosecutors Association Conference & Job Fair is held 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 holds an annual convention.  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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