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Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Application Period: December 1, 2018 through January 4, 2019

Deadline: January 4, 2019


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
•    Mentoring  throughout the academic by members of the firm
•    Participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program
•    A $30,000 scholarship – Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; $10,000 to those returning as a 2L summer associate at Fish for the full 10 weeks of the summer program; and $15,000 to those who join the firm as an associate after law school graduation.

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 diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBT, and/or a military veteran; and have a technical background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.


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.

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
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 and practice groups 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: Up to a $30,000 award