Press Release

Cooley Launches UK Diversity Fellowship

March 4, 2021

London – 04 March 2021 – Cooley has launched a UK Diversity Fellowship programme, offering outstanding students committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion an award of up to £12,000 to assist with tuition and study expenses. The new programme follows Cooley’s highly successful Diversity Fellowship in the US, which has been operating since 2008.

Applications, which must be received by 14 April 2021, are open to full-time university students who intend to study for qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. In addition to being high academic achievers, successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their local communities or elsewhere.

“As part of Cooley's ongoing and deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are excited to launch our Diversity Fellowship programme in London,” said Claire Temple, Cooley’s London office training principal. “Our programme in the US has been extremely successful, and we have a vibrant Diversity Fellowship alumni group. We look forward to replicating this track record in the UK and to working with Cooley’s next generation.”

Students must complete an online application form, including a personal statement, and provide an academic transcript, if available. Selected applicants will be contacted for personal interviews.

Cooley has been widely honoured for its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by leading industry organisations and publications, including earning a Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for nine consecutive years and a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index five times, consistently achieving Mansfield Certification and Mansfield “Plus” status from Diversity Lab and making consecutive appearances on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Diversity lists.

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