2L Diversity Scholars Program

Latham is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our 2L Diversity Scholars Program offers a summer employment opportunity and a scholarship of US$25,000.

2018 2L Diversity Scholars

Dates and Deadlines
The deadline for the 2018 2L Diversity Scholarship program has now passed. Applications for the 2019 program will open in May 2018.​

Please note: applying for Latham’s 2L Diversity Scholars Program does not preclude you in any way from interviewing with Latham & Watkins during on-campus interviews. In fact, we encourage candidates to still schedule an on-campus interview with Latham & Watkins.

Scholarship and Employment Offer
The 2L Diversity Scholars Program awards select second-year law school students a scholarship of US$25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings). The first US$10,000 of the scholarship will be paid upon starting as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins, and the balance of US$15,000 will be paid upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. As a 2L Diversity Scholar, you will also receive valuable networking, training and mentoring opportunities.

Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for the 2018 2L Diversity Scholars Program, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in one of Latham’s US offices. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2019. You must not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

The application process is open to all rising second-year law students (class of 2019) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Selection Criteria
A selection panel consisting of Latham attorneys will evaluate all applications, considering the factors below:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession
  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Obstacles, challenges or other factors (financial or otherwise) encountered in advancing career objectives
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals
  • Long-term interest in practicing law in one of our US offices

General Application Requirements
The deadline for the 2018 2L Diversity Scholarship program has now passed. Applications for the 2019 program will open in May 2018.

A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript (including your complete grades for the 1L year — if your complete grades are not available when you apply, you can supplement your application with an updated transcript when it becomes available)
  • A personal statement (500 to 1,000 words) addressing how you have demonstrated resilience and tenacity that will contribute to the diversity of experience across Latham’s practice and culture, and what you believe demonstrates your qualification for the 2L Diversity Scholarship including, but not limited to, a description of your academic and leadership achievements; noteworthy contributions to the community or otherwise; and/or how you overcame adversity.

Application Requirements for Previous 1L Fellowship or Diversity Leadership Academy Applicants
The deadline for the 2018 2L Diversity Scholarship program has now passed. Applications for the 2019 program will open in May 2018. If you previously applied for the 2017 1L Fellowship Program, Diversity Leadership Academy, or both, and were not selected for the 1L Fellowship, you are only required to submit the following items:

  • Completed online application. Please use the same first name, last name, law school, JD year and email address as you did in your 1L Fellowship application
  • Updated resume
  • Updated unofficial or official law school transcript (including your complete grades for the 1L year — if your complete grades are not available when you apply, you can supplement your application with an updated transcript when it becomes available)

As a previous 1L Fellowship or Diversity Leadership Academy applicant, you do NOT need to submit a new personal statement.

2017 2L Diversity Scholars

Learn more about our 2017 2L Diversity Scholars.


Select 2017 2L Diversity Scholars

2016 2L Diversity Scholars

In 2016, Latham awarded 2L Diversity Scholarships to 10 students. Learn more here.

Questions
Please contact Yusuf Zakir, Global Recruiting Manager – Diversity, Marketing and Public Relations at yusuf.zakir@lw.com or +1.714.755.8009 with any questions regarding the Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

 
 
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