Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship

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Program Summary

Created to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, the fellowship provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to participate in the firm' summer associate program and $5,000 for law school tuition or other school-related expenses. The clerkships for the summer associate program are in-person in the firm' Chicago and Washington, DC offices. Recipients who accept full-time positions with Banner Witcoff receive an additional $5,000 financial award.

The fellowship is open to 1L and 2L students who attend an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and identify as members of a historically underrepresented group in intellectual property law or possess a demonstrated commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Applicants also must meet other criteria, including academic merit, a commitment to the pursuit of a career in the field, an interest in a career at Banner Witcoff, and demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement.

Applicants will submit the following documents for consideration:

  • Completed Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship application form
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts (law school, undergraduate/graduate school)
  • Legal writing sample (5-10 pages)
  • One page statement describing how diversity has influenced the candidate'
    decision to pursue a legal career or how the candidate will contribute to increasing
    diversity in the field of intellectual property law

Please see the application packet for complete details and how to apply.

Application Period
December 1, 2020 - January 8, 2021
January 10, 2022

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