Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

1L Law Firm Diversity Opportunities

For information about scholarship opportunities through Loyola, please visit the Financial Aid Office's website.

Additional nationwide diversity programs, initiatives, & events can be found on the NALP website.

Each year Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter awards Minority Student Merit Scholarships to first-year law students. Each $5,000 scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship position with the firm’s first-year summer associate class. All first-year law students of minority descent are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually based on academic performance, accomplishments, activities, and potential contributions to the legal community. Students from all law schools are considered for the scholarship. Learn more at the Kegler Brown website.

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago. The Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow's professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.

Visit the McAndrews, Held & Malloy website for more information.

The Stoel Rives First Year Diversity Fellowship provides law students with full-time summer associate positions in the firm and financial stipends to offset their educational expenses. Traditionally, the Diversity Fellowship has been offered in at least two Stoel Rives offices each year. Learn more at the Stoel Rives website.

Dorsey & Whitney is accepting 1L applications for a fellowship recipient to join their Denver, Seattle, or Minneapolis office as a summer associate during the summer after their 1L year and, at the end of the summer, to receive $7,500 toward law school tuition and expenses. All first-year law students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Visit the Dorsey & Whitney website for more information.

Harter, Secrest, & Emery will be awarding a $7,500 scholarship to be applied toward the student's second year tuition and a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second years of law school. Visit the Harter, Secrest & Emery website for more information.

Recipients of this fellowship receive a paid position as a summer associate and a $7,500 scholarship. Positions will be offered in the following locations: Bellvue, WA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Madison, WI; Menlo Park, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. Visit the Perkins Coie website for more information.

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to qualified minority students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees; and administrative fees), and/or a patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also join the firm as a summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Atlanta, GA; Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Reston, VA; or Washington, DC).

In addition to a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law, selection criteria include exceptional academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school level; a degree in life sciences, engineering, or computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience; relevant work experience; community service; leadership skills; and special accomplishments. Learn more at the Finnegan website.

Scholarships are awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree. The scholarship is not limited to schools in Michigan; however the applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan. Visit the Warner, Norcross & Judd website for more information.

Started in 2005, the Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms and intend to practice law in the United States. The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program awards six law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their second year of law school. Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include motivation for pursuing a legal career, academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Visit the Latham & Watkins website for more information.

The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school related expenses each year that the recipient remains in good academic standing and is attending one of the selected Illinois law schools. The award also includes a summer associate position after the recipient's first year of law school. Learn more at the Vedder Price website.