2024 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Austin
At Perkins Coie, we foster a diverse and inclusive community where opportunities to succeed are available to all. Embracing diversity allows us to draw from different backgrounds and experiences, enabling us to attract the best talent to our ranks, and in turn build strong teams that provide excellent service to our clients. We are committed to creating an environment in which all our people thrive because they feel a sense of belonging.
We are proud to offer our Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program as part of our comprehensive, firmwide commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our Diversity & Inclusion Fellows are full participants in our summer associate program and must spend the first 10 weeks of their summer(s) with Perkins Coie. In addition to receiving a summer associate salary, Fellows will also receive a $15,000 stipend at the conclusion of their first-year summer. Fellows who return as 2Ls will receive a $15,000 stipend at the conclusion of their second-year summer. Fellows who accept an offer to join Perkins Coie as an associate after graduation will receive a $10,000 stipend in late May of their final year of law school.
While 1L Diversity & Inclusion fellowships are not tied to a specific practice group and may receive assignments from a variety of practices, fellows are encouraged to work with lawyers in the practice groups of their respective offices that hire from the summer associate program.
All students who are in good standing in their first year at an ABA-accredited law school are eligible to apply for the Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program. Perkins Coie is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications for the Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program from all eligible applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity / gender expression, disability status, or any other identity.
A complete application must include:
• Current resume.
• Cover letter.
• Undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable).
• A legal writing sample (10-page maximum).
• A personal statement (one-page, single-spaced). The personal statement should be a narrative describing your academic, professional, and life experiences and, where relevant, identifying connections between those experiences and the broader goal of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.
We evaluate all applications for the fellowship and consider the following factors:
• Academic achievement – A demonstrated record of academic achievement and excellent writing and interpersonal skills, as well as experience that will contribute to a successful career in the legal field.
• DEI leadership – Engagement in efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community and/or legal profession, including during college or law school.
• Resilience – Obstacles or challenges you have encountered and overcome, how you overcame those obstacles, and what you learned from doing so.
• Perspective – Life experiences that have shaped your perspectives and professional goals.
Application Deadline: January 16, 2024. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis November 15, 2023 through January 16, 2024 in accordance with your school’s recruiting guidelines. Candidates should apply to one office only. All application materials should be uploaded in PDF format.