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.

    The Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program is an intensive eight-week program designed for diverse first- and second-year law students who have an interest in labor and employment law. Program recipients will participate in an eight-week summer program with a total stipend of $15,000.
    Each year Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter awards Minority Student Merit Scholarships to first-year law students. Each $10,000 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.
    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.
    The Stoel Rives First Year Diversity Fellowship provides law students with full-time summer associate positions in the firm and a $7,500 scholarship to offset their educational expenses. Traditionally, the Diversity Fellowship has been offered in at least two Stoel Rives offices each year.
    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.
    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.
    Perkins Coie offers a 1L Diversity Fellowship and a 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship. Recipients of these fellowships receive a paid position as a summer associate and a $7,500 scholarship. 1L Diversity Fellowships are offered in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Palo Alto, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowships are offered in Washington, DC only.
    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.
    Scholarships of $5,000 are awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree. Applicants must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan.
    Latham & Watkins offers a 1L Fellowship Program as a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school. The first half of the summer will be spent in one of the firm's offices and the remaining half in-house in the legal department of one of their clients. Ideal applicants are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and possess a long-term interest in practicing law in a global law firm. Recipients will be paid $3,470 per week for this ten-week fellowship program.
    This Scholarship provides a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses and a guaranteed summer associate position in our Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient's first year of law school. To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession.