Skadden 1L Scholars Program

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At Skadden, excellent lawyering goes hand-in-hand with fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. Our Skadden 1L Scholars Program attracts the best and the brightest legal talent, including candidates whose life experiences, demonstrated interests and achievements can help enhance the firm' commitment to diversity and client service. The program, which is available in all of our U.S. offices, provides a meaningful way for Skadden to partner with our clients and alumni on increasing diversity in the legal profession\'s talent pipeline and to raise the profile of diversity and inclusion as a priority on law school campuses. This paid internship is comprised of law firm, corporate in-house and public interest exposure.

Program Description

  • An 11-week paid internship, comprised of law firm, corporate in-house and public interest exposure.
  • The internship consists of seven weeks as a Skadden summer associate followed by four weeks at a firm client or public interest partner.
  • Participate in summer associate training, mentoring and social activities throughout the summer.
  • Attend 1L Scholar pre-summer retreat in New York for specialized training and prementoring.
  • Build professional networks with firm attorneys, fellow summer associates, and in-house and public interest lawyers.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program will receive offers to join our summer associate program following their 2L year. Most return to the firm, and splits with our U.S. and international offices are
  • The program is offered in our Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C. and
    Wilmington offices. All offices except Houston and L.A. will participate in the 1L Scholar Pro Bono Impact Project.

Compensation and Selection Process

  • 1L Scholars are paid as summer associates ($3,500 per week); the firm provides reimbursement to students from out of town for travel expenses.
  • A highly competitive process, factoring in law school and undergraduate accomplishments, written statements,
    interviews, leadership skills, and participation in efforts that promote diversity and inclusion (e.g., life
    experiences, volunteer work, school activities and personal interests).
  • As an equal opportunity employer, we consider candidates from all backgrounds and identities. We invite people from all ethnicities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses, including candidates who are first in their families to attend college or pursue an advanced degree, as well as people with disabilities and veterans, to apply.

Applicants will be required to submit the online form plus the following:

  • Resume
  • Two essay responses
  • Official or unofficial undergraduate transcript
  • Official or unofficial law school transcript (transcripts available after January 3 should be sent as a supplement directly to the applicable office contact)
  • Impact skills survey

To apply, visit

Annual tuition assistance of $5,000 following each summer completed with Meyers Nave.
Application Period
December 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
January 6, 2020 [2021 information coming in fall 2020]

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