Cooley Announces 2013 Diversity Fellowship Application Process

Palo Alto, Calif.  – December 12, 2012 – Cooley LLP announced today that it will begin accepting applications for its 2013 Diversity Fellowship program on December 17, 2012.  First-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are invited to apply. 

Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and future financial awards of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition.  Individuals selected will be announced this spring, with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient's 1L year. 

"Restructuring our fellowship to include 1L students is key to our goal of engaging with diverse law students early in their careers and introducing them to the practice of law and to Cooley and its clients," said Cooley partner Whitty Somvichian, chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. "By virtue of entering the law firm environment after their first year of law school, our recipients will gain an additional year of experience, and we will have the opportunity to provide mentoring, along with professional development opportunities, for an additional year."

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2015 at the time of application and not have received a diversity award with another law firm paid between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.  Applicants must also be able to participate in and complete Cooley's 2013 summer program.

For more details on the application process, deadlines and eligibility requirements, or to submit an application, please visit

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