Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship

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The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

Program details and benefits

  • Candidates will spend seven weeks in one of our Goodwin offices and then have the opportunity to spend the final three weeks of the summer program working in the office of a Goodwin client;
  • 1L Fellows will also be invited to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity' 1L Scholars Summit in June;
  • Candidates will be compensated by Goodwin for the full 10-week program at the standard summer associate salary; and
  • Each 1L Diversity Fellow is eligible to earn an offer to return to Goodwin for their 2L summer and to receive additional scholarship funds.

To become a 1L Goodwin Fellow, a candidate must be a full-time first-year law student enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  • Exceptional academic performance
  • Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations
  • A commitment to community service
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Other special achievements and honors

To remain eligible, a candidate may not be the recipient of a similar award from another law firm and must not be an immediate family member of a Goodwin lawyer or employee. A candidate may not be a Goodwin client or an employee of a Goodwin client.


Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application on our website and submit a resume, undergraduate transcript and copy of current law school transcript.

Our Fellowship Award Committee will select the 1L Diversity Fellows by April and the Wayne A. Budd and Marian A. Tse Diversity Scholarships by August. The Committee may select fellows on a rolling basis before those respective dates, as it deems appropriate.

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$10,000 and 10-week summer position at a Goodwin office
Application Period
September 30, 2020 - February 26, 2021
March 15, 2022

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