Diversity Fellowship Program

The Cooley LLP Diversity Fellowship

The 2014 Cooley Diversity Fellowship application process is now closed. We encourage you to contact us in August 2014 regarding our 2015 Summer Program.

As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. 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.* Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are encouraged to apply. Award recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2014, with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient's first year of law school.

* In order to receive the second payment of the fellowship award, a Cooley Diversity Fellow must receive and accept an offer to return to the firm following the Fellow's 2L year and must not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015. To receive the final payment of the fellowship award, a Cooley Diversity Fellow must receive and accept an offer of full-time employment and join the firm as a full-time first year associate or as a full-time associate post-judicial clerkship.

The eligibility, selection criteria and application process for the program are as follows:

We welcome applications from all law students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2016 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2014 Summer Associate Program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014

Selection Criteria 
Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
  • Undergraduate and law school academic performance
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service

Application Process
Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement – no more than one single-spaced page, demonstrating achievement of  the selection criteria for the Diversity Fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Law school transcript
  • Other graduate program transcript(s)

Please note that all of the required information must be complete and attached before the application can be submitted (this does not include law school or other graduate program transcripts). For students who submit an application prior to the availability of first term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript as soon as it becomes available. Transcripts may be sent via email to:

Septina McDonnell
Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Cooley LLP

For 1L students in the 2013-2014 academic year, applications must be received by January 10, 2014. First term law school transcripts must be received via email by February 14, 2014 if they are not available at the time the application is submitted. Selected applicants will be contacted in February to arrange for personal interviews. Recipients of Cooley's Diversity Fellowship awards will be announced in Spring 2014. 

To learn more about our firm, we invite you to attend a 1L law student reception being held in January 2014 in the Cooley offices listed below. To RSVP for a reception, please click the link below for the office in which you have an interest or the office nearest your school:

RSVP Boston 
January 16, 2014
5–7 pm
500 Boylston Street
14th Floor
+1 617 937 2300

RSVP Los Angeles
January 14, 2014
5–7 pm
1333 2nd Street
Suite 400
+1 310 883 6400

RSVP New York
January 23, 2014
5–7 pm
The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
+1 212 479 6000

RSVP Palo Alto
January 14, 2014
5–7 pm
3175 Hanover Street
+1 650 843 5000
RSVP San Francisco
January 22, 2014
5–7 pm
101 California Street
5th Floor
+1 415 693 2000

RSVP Washington, DC
January 14, 2014
5–7 pm
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
(enter from 12th and E Streets)
+1 202 842 7800

Please direct questions regarding our receptions to Septina McDonnell, Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Manager at diversityfellowship@cooley.com. Please be sure to include in the body of your email the location of the reception about which you are interested in learning more. Learn more about diversity at Cooley here.

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