At Brown Rudnick, we believe strongly that having a rich diversity of life experience in the workplace adds significant value, both for us and our clients. We are committed to the ensuring the equitable and inclusive treatment of all members of our community.

Our 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship Program is an essential component of this commitment. A unique program that provides Fellows with a comprehensive and compensated summer associate experience and additional scholarship, our Fellowship is open to all first year law students who are the first in their families to have graduated college.

Program Details

Eligibility

The Fellowship is open to all first-year law students enrolled at ABA accredited law schools who:

  • Are the first in their families to graduate college;
  • Have an established record of academic achievement;
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to civic involvement that promotes equity, inclusion and diversity; and
  • Are committed to practicing in Boston or New York City after law school.

Although demonstrated need may be taken into account, applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances.

Scholarship

Fellows are eligible to receive up to $22,500 in scholarship assistance:

  • $5,000 after completing the summer associate program following their first year of law school, if in good standing and invited to return for 2L summer
  • $7,500 after completing the summer associate program following their second year of law school, if in good standing and invited to return as full time associate (provided Fellows do not split their summers between employers)
  • $10,000 upon starting as a full time associate at Brown Rudnick

This scholarship is in addition to the regular compensation paid to students for their Summer Associate position.

Mentoring and Professional Development

In addition to being assigned associate and partner advisors like all summer associates, Fellows will be partnered with a Brown Rudnick mentor who will serve as a professional and academic resource throughout the Fellows’ remaining time in law school. Fellows will also be invited to attend social gatherings, professional and business development trainings, and other events throughout the academic year, where appropriate.

Application Requirements

Students who are interested in applying for the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. A personal statement of 500 words or less describing (i) your interest in practicing law in Boston or New York City and (ii) how you would help support fairness, inclusivity, and diversity in the legal community;
  3. An optional statement of 500 words or less describing the type of law you are most interested in practicing (e.g., IP, tax, bankruptcy/restructuring, litigation, corporate, etc.) and why;
  4. Official undergraduate transcript and law school grades (when they become available);
  5. A current resume;
  6. A legal writing sample (1L lawyering class brief accepted); and
  7. Three professional or academic references – at least one must be from a law school professor.

The deadline for submitting an application for the Fellowship is January 31, 2018.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship Program, please contact Molly Childs, Legal Recruitment Manager, at recruiting@brownrudnick.com.

 

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