Throughout the year, various Diversity & Inclusion opportunities are posted online in ALBANYLAW LINK.  To search for these opportunities, log into your account and select the “JOBS (Non-OCR)” tab. Next, click on “Advanced Search” and scroll down to find the “Position Type” field. Click on “Diversity Opportunities” and select “Search” to find all of the opportunities with this designation. You can also search by entering the Job ID # in the search field at the top of the page. Review each posting carefully for eligibility, required materials, application process and due dates. Note any registration fees for national career fairs and/or events.

Please work with your assigned career counselor if you have questions regarding these diversity opportunities, internships or other jobs you wish to apply for.  
Enjoy your spring break!

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS: {Please refer to each sponsoring organization’s website for further details, deadlines and eligibility information.)

Bradley – Annual Diversity Scholarship                               (2L)                  Deadline: March 15, 2018

Bradley’s commitment to diversity is not just a passive ideal, but an active goal that allows us to build a team with broad backgrounds and experiences. Every year, we offer two Diversity Scholarships to promote the education of well-qualified law students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.

Award: Scholarships of up to $5,000 for first-year students and up to $10,000 for second-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. 

Application Process: The deadline for applying for the scholarship is March 15, 2018, for second-year  law students. Bradley does not accept email applications. You must complete the online summer associate application and include the supplemental PDF personal statement to be considered for the diversity scholarship. Application Materials: Complete the online summer associate application and include a supplemental personal statement (limit to 750 words, in PDF format) discussing the importance of diversity in the legal profession and the way(s) in which the applicant’s receipt of the scholarship would further Bradley’s desire to improve diversity. The personal statement may also be used to apprise the firm of any personal, work, or other circumstances that the applicant believes we should consider. Please submit the personal statement via the online application in the section titled “Attachments.” In addition to academic qualifications, we may consider other factors, including, but not limited to, involvement in community activities, financial need, significant work, and personal achievements.

 

Bradley – Douglas Arant Public Interest Fellowship           (1L, 2L)            Deadline: March 15, 2018

Bradley’s commitment to pro bono legal work is one of our most deeply cherished values. The Douglas Arant Public Interest Fellowship, named after a founding partner who helped imbue the firm’s dedication to community service, offers Bradley summer associates the opportunity to work with public service organizations of their choice, subject to the approval of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Some of the worthy organizations that have been approved as partners in our fellowship program include the Southern Poverty Law Center, Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (death penalty representation), and Legal Services of Alabama. Fellowship recipients work a minimum of six weeks at a Bradley office and at least four weeks for their chosen organizations while still being compensated by the firm. The number of fellowships granted each year is limited and priority is given to second-year law students. Any student interested in applying for the fellowship should submit an online summer associate application and include a completed, PDF version of this document in the “Attachments” section.

The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship           Deadline: March 16, 2018

Award: The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is for $10,000 per school year (two semesters, excluding summer school semesters and intersession) beginning with the fall semester. It is renewable, upon reapplication by the student, for up to three academic years (totaling six semesters for full-time or part-time enrollment, excluding summer school semesters and inter-sessions). Existing scholarship recipients must reapply each year. Scholarship money can be applied to the verifiable costs associated with normal tuition and usual fees relating to full time and part time enrollment status (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees, law school or university fees, administrative fees) and is paid directly to and administered through the law school the recipient is attending, in accordance with the policies of the school for the use and application of scholarship funds. The Scholarship is administered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Eligibility: Membership in an underrepresented minority group currently enrolled in or have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school.  Demonstrated intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law. US Citizenship. A personal or telephone interview. Note that any student who receives a scholarship is required to attend law school, day or evening, on a either a full-time or part-time enrollment basis, and to maintain a grade point average of “C” (2.00) or better. Scholarship recipients are required to join and maintain membership in AIPLA. Application Process: Completed applications may be submitted by mail and/or electronically to Deshuandra Walker, Manager, Student Support Programs, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, 1770 St. James Place, Suite 414t, Houston, TX 77056   phone: 713.955.1073 | fax: 202.448.1017 | email:deshuandra.walker@tmcfund.org

(Please indicate on e-mail when and how the required attachments will be sent separately.) Selection Criteria: Scholarships are intended for students entering or attending law school in Fall 2018 or 2019. Students must show demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. High academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels (if applicable). Demonstrated financial need. General factors such as leadership skills, community activities, or special accomplishments. Applicants related to a trustee of AIPLEF, a council member of the ABA-IPL Section, Officer or member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA, or a member of the AIPLEF Scholarship Committee are ineligible to receive a scholarship. Application Materials: Completed scholarship application; FAFSA form (or similar form) and any supporting documentation required thereby;  Resume; Undergraduate Transcript and Graduate and Law School Transcripts (if applicable); and Two Letters of Recommendation (from, but not limited to, former teachers, college administrators, community leaders or other similar persons concerning the academic ability, character, reputation or professional aptitude of the applicant).

 

Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship            (1L)      Deadline: March 31, 2018 Award: $10,000 (A deep commitment to diversity and inclusion is a core value at Arnold & Porter. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we award $10,000 scholarships to highly qualified first-year students. Each scholarship is paid directly to a recipient’s law school to help finance tuition costs for the second academic year. While the Firm may also take into account a student’s need for financial assistance, such need is not required.) Criteria: Qualified applicants are currently enrolled, first-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools who: contribute to the diverse background of a law school’s student body; demonstrate strong academic achievement; and demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Application Process: Applicants must submit a current resume, official law school transcript, and a personal statement (limited to 500 words) that describes the role of diversity in their personal background; their views on the intersections of diversity, inclusion, and equity; or how they have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. An applicant may also submit a separate statement (limited to 500 words) demonstrating a financial need for a scholarship, but such statement is not required because need is not an official criterion for this merit-based award.

 

The 2018 Ms. JD Fellowship                                                              (2L)      Deadline: March 31, 2018  

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD’s program to promote mentoring and professional development. In addition to receiving invitations and financial support to attend ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.

Application Process:  All of the required application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file titled “[First Name Last Name] Fellowship Application” with a cover page that lists First & Last Name, Law School, GPA, LinkedIn Profile Link, Email, and Phone Number.  Applications that are not submitted in this format will not be considered. Submit your application to fellowship@ms-jd.org.  Applications are due Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm Central Time.  Ms. JD plans to announce Fellowship finalists by mid-April.

Application Materials: Resume (Must include a link to your LinkedIn Profile); Unofficial Law School Transcript(s); One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “There are many mentorship programs for law students. Why would you like to participate in the Ms. JD Fellowship?”; One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability, both in and out of law school.”; One paragraph (300 words) answering the question, “If you had to contribute to the Ms. JD community by writing a blog post, what would you discuss and why?”; and One paragraph (300 words) answering the question “Describe in detail an event that you would like to organize at your law school, in conjunction with Ms. JD, that promotes women in the law or examines issues affecting women in the legal profession.” Questions: Contact the Ms. JD Fellowship Coordinator, Maleaha Brown, at fellowship@ms-jd.org.

 

Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship                                             (1L)      Deadline: April 16, 2018

Zelle LLP is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  The Scholarship is designed to encourage and assist students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, as well as students with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a profession. Zelle Offices: Boston, Dallas, London, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Eligibility: Applicants must either be first-year law students enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school or be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree students in their second year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants also must either (1) be a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Selection considerations will include but not be limited to: academic performance, writing skills, demonstrated leadership skills, an interest in litigation (including antitrust and insurance litigation), financial need, and a desire to practice in one of the cities where Zelle maintains an office.

Award: The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student’s interest and the firm’s need.  Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career. Application Process: For complete information about the firm’s Diversity in Law Scholarship, including contact and submission information and to access the formal application, please click here. Completed Applications Should Be Submitted To:  Kristin Suga Heres, Diversity in Law Scholarship Administrator, Zelle LLP, 161 Worcester Road, Suite 502, Framingham, MA 01701