Diversity Fellowship Program

The Cooley Diversity Fellowship

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.  

* 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, 2015 and August 31, 2016. 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:

Eligibility
We welcome applications from all law students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2017 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within their communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2015 Summer Associate Program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015

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

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

Application Process
Applications must include:

  • The submission of a complete and accurate online application
  • A personal statement—no more than one single-spaced page in length, demonstrating the achievement of the selection criteria for the Diversity Fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Graduate program transcript(s), if applicable
  • Law school transcript (following the receipt of first term grades)

Please note that with the exception of the law school transcript all of the required information must be complete and attached before the application can be submitted. Upon receipt of first term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to diversityfellowship@cooley.com.

For 1L students in the 2014-2015 academic year, applications must be received by January 5, 2015. Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews.

Please direct questions regarding our fellowship to Septina McDonnell, Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Manager, at diversityfellowship@cooley.com. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Cooley here.

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