Shook Scholars Institute

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Shook is excited to host a select group of first-year law students at the Shook Scholars Institute in Kansas City, Missouri from Wednesday, April 13th through Friday, April 15th, 2022. The Shook Scholars Institute is an innovative diversity and inclusion-focused development program concentrated on litigation and trial skills, leadership, and career success competencies for the underrepresented attorney. Student travel, lodging, and meals will be provided by Shook.

(Please note: Any pandemic issues relating to holding the program in person or virtual will be addressed as we approach those dates).

Program Highlights:
What You Can Expect from Us
At Shook, inclusion is about creating a space where everyone belongs. We recognize that the varied perspectives and experiences found in a diverse and
inclusive workplace create a broader, richer environment, producing innovative solutions for our clients. The Shook Scholars Institute gives law students the rare opportunity to learn from a litigation and trial powerhouse in an interactive, small-group setting led by Shook' attorneys. It provides them with critical development experiences while introducing them to valuable relationships and networks. Law students will experience a trial practice program, sessions on lawyering skills, leadership, success strategies and networking opportunities.

What We Need from You
The application process requires a completed online application, resume, law school transcript and a one-page essay explaining what you believe demonstrates your qualifications for the Shook Scholars Institute and how you will contribute to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Please note that you may submit an application before receiving your first-semester transcript; however, as soon as you receive it, please email

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria
The application process is open to all self-identified, racially and/or ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+ first-year law students enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school.

A selection panel will evaluate all applications, considering
the factors below:

  • Demonstrated academic performance and leadership achievements
  • Significant personal achievements and strong community involvement
  • Strong commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in the legal profession
  • Sincere interest in practicing at a top civil litigation firm
Three-day development program with expenses fully paid
Application Period
November 15, 2021 - January 31, 2022
January 31, 2022

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