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Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Application Period: December 1, 2016 to January 13, 2017

Deadline: January 13, 2017


Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first-year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

The Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components:  
•    A paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices during the summer
•    Mentoring by members of the firm
•    Participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program
•    A $10,000 scholarship – Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; and offer an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after the completion of their 2L summer clerkship with us. The grant can be used for expenses at the student’s discretion.

Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

Each recipient will be assigned an attorney mentor.  Mentors will serve as a liaison between the student and the firm and facilitate the student’s professional growth and learning.  The mentoring relationship begins as soon as the recipients have been named and continues at least through the academic year. Students will meet with their mentors four times per year, in person when possible.  Should the student receive and accept an offer to return for a second summer, the mentoring relationship would continue for another academic year.

Summer Clerkship
Following the first year of law school, students are offered a paid summer associate clerkship position in a domestic office of the firm. These positions are part of Fish’s summer program, which runs from mid-May through July. Students will provide their office preference during the application process. Fellowship recipients must be able to spend the first half of the summer with Fish.

LCLD 1L Scholars Program
Each Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellow may take part in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s pipeline initiative, the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, which includes substantive programming, mentoring, networking opportunities, and a two-day Scholars retreat.

Application Process
Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016, through January 13, 2017. Candidates must submit a completed application form and directed personal statement, in addition to their resume, undergraduate transcript (official or unofficial), legal writing sample, and a contact list of three references (one of whom must be a professional at an educational institution attended). Students must also rank their preferred offices for the summer clerkship. Finalists will be asked to submit their first semester law school grades. Only complete applications will be considered. Please see application form for further instructions

Application form available here: 

Award: $10,000