Resources for Diverse Students



The application cycle for the 2016-17 Diversity Scholar Program is closed.  Applications from Class of 2020 will be accepted starting on November 1, 2017.  More information – here.




DateCareer FairLocationRegistration DatesWebsite
July 18, 2017National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair Cleveland, OHStart: May 1
Deadline: July 5
Black Prosecutors Annual Conference
July 21 & 22, 2017Southeastern Minority Job FairMarietta, GAPre-registration: March 29 – April 16
Online bidding opens: May 12
Deadline: May 31
Southeastern Minority Job Fair
July 28, 2017Sunbelt Minority Recruitment ProgramDallas, TXStart: May 15
Deadline: June 22
Sunbelt Job Fair
July 28 & 29, 2017Bay Area Diversity Career FairSan Francisco, CAStart: May 22
Deadline: June 22
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
August 2 & 4, 2017Lavender Law Conference and Career FairSan Francisco, CADeadline (for online registration): July 19Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
August 5, 2017Heartland Diversity Legal Job FairKansas City, MOStart: Available
Deadline (early registration): May 26
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
August 11, 2017Cook County Bar Association Minority Job FairChicago, ILStart: March 20
Deadline: May 19
Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair
August 14 & 15, 2017IndyBar Diversity Job FairIndianapolis, INStart: March 1
Deadline: July 1
IndyBar Diversity Job Fair
August 19, 2017Northwest Minority Job FairSeattle, WAStart: June 19
Deadline: July 22
Northwest Minority Job Fair
October 27 & 28, 2017Equal Justice Works Career FairArlington, VAStart: August 14
Deadline: September 13
Equal Justice Works Career Fair
TBDMinnesota Minority Recruitment ConferenceMinneapolis, MNTBDMinnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
TBDPhiladelphia Area Diversity Job FairPhiladelphia, PATBDPhiladelphia Area Diversity Job Fair


Class of 2019


Latham    2L Diversity Scholars Program 


The Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program offers a summer employment opportunity and a progressive scholarship of $25,000. Applications open on May 15, 2017, with a deadline of August 15, 2017.

To be eligible to apply, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in one of Latham’s US offices. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline (June 30, 2017), with an expected graduation date of spring 2019. You must not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

More details on the Program and how to apply – here.


WEST_207253000_1   Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship 


The Strauss Scholarship provides a $25,000 scholarship to two outstanding second-year law students at U.S. law schools to offset expenses for their third year of law school. In addition to the financial award, the scholarships also provide mentoring from firm attorneys and a paid second year Summer Associate position in the firm’s Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. offices. Applications for the program will be accepted, and considered on a rolling basis, between July 1, 2017 and September 29, 2017.

To be eligible to be considered for the Strauss Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2019 at the time of application. Recipients must participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program following their second year of law school and may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm.

More details on the Program and how to apply – here.


Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship


This scholarship provides a $25,000* award to up to five outstanding second-year law students to offset the expenses of their legal education, and includes a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school. The application process for the summer of 2018 will be open from May 15 through August 31, 2017.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a 2L (Class of 2019) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, have outstanding undergraduate and law school academic achievement, a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, and a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States.

More details on the Program and how to apply – here.



Class of 2020


1L Diversity Scholars Program


The Haynes and Boone 1L Diversity Scholars Program offers a six, seven or eight week clerkship with meaningful work and mentorship experiences. Scholars also receive a $7,500 scholarship during the school year. For 2018, we are recruiting scholars for our Dallas, Houston, Orange County, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C. offices. Applications from the Class of 2020 will be considered beginning December 1, 2017.  

For more information, contact Ms. McKenna Aaron at



Fast Track Program


The Dallas Fast Track Program is a one week clerkship that is an ideal complement to other summer plans and provides the opportunity to familiarize candidates with the Dallas legal market and life at a large law firm. The 2018 program will be held in July.

For more information, contact Ms. McKenna Aaron at





1L Diversity Scholarship (Class of 2020)


The application period for the 2017 Diversity Fellowship is closed. Applications for the 2018 Diversity Fellowship from Class of 2020 will be accepted beginning December 1, 2017.

Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate.

To be eligible, at the time of application (December 1, 2017), applicants must be:

  • Enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2020 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley’s 2018 Summer Associate Program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018

More information and how to apply (after Dec. 1, 2018) – here.


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