Gunderson Dettmer 1L Diversity Fellowship

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Fellows will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position in our Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles or New York office. As a 1L Summer Associate, you will participate in various trainings including mock transactional exercises; work with attorneys in our Corporate, Fund and Licensing, Strategic Partnering and Commercial Transaction practices; and attend various social events to get to know your colleagues outside of the office in more relaxed atmosphere. Upon selection as a Fellow, you will be assigned a mentor for the duration of your Fellowship experience.

In addition to a paid Summer Associate position, Fellows will receive a scholarship of up to $30,000. The award will be paid in three equal installments if you join us as a 1L Diversity Fellow, a 2L Summer Associate and, ultimately, as a full-time first-year Associate.

Selection Criteria

Success looks different for everyone, and we believe it should be evaluated holistically. We will consider your demonstrated interest in emerging companies and venture capital; your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; the quality of your personal statement; and your personal, professional, leadership, community and/or academic achievements. In short, we want to get to know you.

Interested 1Ls are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


To be eligible for the 1L Diversity Fellowship, you must:

  • be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school
  • have an anticipated graduation date of 2024 or 2025 for JD/MBA students at the time of application
  • be available to participate in our 2022 Summer Program that is expected to be held from late May to late July
  • Diversity Fellows may not be a recipient of a diversity-related award from another law firm and may not be a client or an immediate family member of a Gunderson Dettmer client.
Paid Summer Associate position and $30,000
January 1, 2022

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