Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will soon launch their Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program. This program was established in 2009 as a part of the Firm’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity both at our Firm and in the legal profession as a whole. The Firm will offer three scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to diverse law students who have excelled academically and who plan to contribute to the diversity objectives of Baker Donelson. Recipients will also be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our offices.
To qualify for the scholarship, the candidates must: (1) have completed their first year of law school, (2) be a member of a group traditionally under-represented at large law firms; and (3) attend an ABA accredited Law School. Candidates may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm. Joint degree candidates must have successfully completed two years of a JD program.
Application Process and Deadline
Applications are due by midnight, Friday, June 21, 2013. Once applications are being accepted, interested students may submit their application online and attach the below listed documents. A link to the application will be made available to your Career Services Office in just a few weeks.
- Personal statement explaining your interest in the scholarship program, how diversity has influenced your life, how it impacts the legal profession and any challenges you have to overcome (Single spaced, please limit to 500 words)
- Undergraduate transcript(s)
- Law school transcript (Including Fall and Spring semester grades)
- Legal writing sample (Please limit to 10 pages)
- One written professional recommendation
Please keep a lookout for an e-mail from Career Services within the next few weeks, inviting you to start applying for this program. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl Hunt, Firm Diversity Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 726-5567 OR Helen Beasley, Firm Recruiting Assistant, at email@example.com or (205) 244-3833
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected and appreciated, recognized as sources of strength of the Firm, and valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will award three (3) scholarships to diverse law students this year. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Baton Rouge, New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX. The recipients’ office preferences will be taken into consideration, but final assignment will be according to the Firm’s needs. The recipients may split their summers with other law firms; however, they are required to work during the period that the other Summer Associates in that Baker Donelson office are working.
To apply for the Diversity Scholarship, all applications must be submitted via the online application tool. First, you will need to register to use Baker Donelson technology. After registering, you can begin the application process or save the information and return to the site at a later point using the Sign-In link provided below.
- Registration. Baker Donelson uses the latest in online technology to communicate with clients and employees. To utilize Baker Donelson technology, each user must first register via this Baker Donelson site. Please click here to complete the registration form – Application Deadline is June 22, 2012. This will provide access to needed online tools and provide a login for future purposes. All information provided will be confidential to Baker Donelson. No information will be released outside of the firm.
- Sign-In. If you have already registered to use Baker Donelson technology, click here to return to the Sign-In page. Please sign into the Baker Donelson online tools using the user name and password previously registered.
Baker Donelson | Diversity | Diversity Scholarship.
The Cooley LLP Diversity Fellowship
Application Deadline extended to June 15, 2012.
As part of Cooley LLP’s ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding law students. First-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity in their communities are invited to apply for the fellowships. Award recipients will receive a paid Summer Associate position and an award of up to $15,000 to assist with law school tuition. Award recipients will be announced in Fall 2012 with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient’s 2L year.
The eligibility, selection criteria and application process for the program are as follows:
We welcome applications from all law students who meet these eligibility criteria:
- A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the community
- Enrolled full-time in an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2014 at the time of application
- Not the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013
- Ability to participate in and complete Cooley’s 2013 Summer Associate Program
Recipients will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
- Undergraduate and law school academic performance
- Personal achievement
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Community service
Applications must include:
- Completed application form
- Personal statement, no more than one single-spaced page, describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
- Current resume
- Law school transcript
- Undergraduate transcript
- Other graduate program transcript(s)
- A writing sample is optional
Please note that all of the above information must be completed and attached before the application can be submitted.
For 1L students in the 2011-2012 academic year applications must be received by June 15, 2012. We will contact selected applicants to arrange personal interviews. Recipients of the Diversity Fellowship awards will be announced in Fall 2012.
Please direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Click here for the Diversity Fellowship Application
PHILADELPHIA DIVERSITY LAW GROUP SUMMER 1L PROGRAM
The PDLG First-Year Summer Program (the “PDLG Program”) offers first-year students an additional route to summer employment in outstanding law firms and corporate law departments. Application through this program will not preclude a student from otherwise seeking or accepting a job at any participating firm or organization or preclude the firm or organization hiring the student outside of the PDLG Program.
The goal of the PDLG Program is to increase the number of lawyers of diverse backgrounds working at Philadelphia area law firms and corporate law departments. Thus, the PDLG Program is designed to identify first year law students who have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing a legal career, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the Philadelphia legal community and who have demonstrated the ability – based on academic achievement, writing ability and other accomplishments – to succeed in the summer programs run by our member organizations. The PDLG hopes this program will enable a group of those students to get summer clerkships in Philadelphia, whether as part of formal summer programs or not, and thus allow them to experience the law firm or corporate law environment in Philadelphia and, perhaps, help them “kick-start” their legal careers. The deadline is January 25, 2012.
Philadelphia Diversity Law Group.
The Boston Lawyers Group’s 2012 1L Diversity Clerkship Program
The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) announces its 2012 1L Diversity Clerkship Program for first-year law students. Clerks will spend the first five weeks of the ten-week clerkship working in one of the BLG’s participating law firms or corporations five weeks. The second five weeks will be spent working in a government agencies legal department. Participating member organizations will determine the start date of the program, which is typically late May or early June.
The deadline is February 10, 2012.
The Boston Lawyers Group | Employment Opportunities.
PERKINS COIE 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
- Students can now apply for Perkins Coie 2012 1L Diversity Fellowship program.
- The Fellowship program provides1L diverse law students a summer associate position as well as a $7,500 scholarship in 9 offices. www.perkinscoie.com/1LDiversity.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012: Bellevue, Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle
Friday, January 20, 2012: Phoenix
Applicants may apply to one office only. Finalists will be interviewed in February 2012 before fellowships are awarded.
2012 Summer Diversity Programs
Click on the NALP website below to view PAID summer associate positions, fellowships, and scholarships for Summer 2012. Deadlines are fast approaching, so do not delay.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
SUMMER LAW FELLOWHSIPS
The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by giving underrepresented populations an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice. Fellows will actively intern in Washington, D.C., New York, NY, San Juan, PR, or Denver, CO, as well as be invited to participate in NACDL events and networking opportunities during the summer. Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00
Interested applicants must 1) be law students in good academic standing enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time the application is submitted; 2) submit a personalized cover letter that addresses
a) a first & second placement preference and
b) why the applicant wants to be a NACDL Fellow;
c) submit a 1-2 page resume;
d) fully complete the entry form (download an entry form); and
e) email a completed application package to Daniel Weir at email@example.com by January 17, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. EST.
To confirm receipt of submission, contact Daniel Weir. Other questions? Contact Geneva Vanderhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org, attention: NACDL Fellowship.
NACDL – Diversity Task Force Summer Law Fellowships.