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Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Deadline: On a rolling basis (apply as soon as possible)


Sidley has been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law firm diversity. Our mission is to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds who reflect the global marketplace that we serve. Through the leadership of our Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, we aspire to make sustainable progress in our journey toward becoming a more diverse organization.

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and at Sidley, the firm created the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for Second Year Law Students. Each year, we award $20,000 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships to up to 15 incoming summer associates.

Selection Criteria

  • Be a second year law student; preference is given to students at schools where Sidley conducts on-campus interviews or participates in resume collections
  • Have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities
  • Have a proven ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school, the firm and the legal profession

Students interested in the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship should apply before interviewing with the firm during OCI. Students attending law schools where Sidley does not conduct OCI are encouraged to apply by September 1. Awardees will be notified of the decision during the course of the recruiting season. The Scholarship application is not an application for employment. Applicants must separately apply for a summer associate position.

Award: $20,000 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships to up to 15 incoming summer associates