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Diversity Leadership Academies


Our award-winning Diversity Leadership Academy develops and empowers the next generation of lawyers and leaders. Attendees learn strategies for success in law school and beyond, gain insight into practicing at a global law firm, and become part of a nationwide community of Latham lawyers and peers who share a commitment to promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity in the legal profession.

Program Details

Professional Development and Training

The Diversity Leadership Academy is a substantive professional development and training program providing first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process, and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Students will participate in interactive seminars on a variety of topics, including resume writing, interview skills, diversity, equity and inclusion, pro bono, and effective communication. Sessions will be led by Latham lawyers, many of whom serve on our global Recruiting Committee, as well as external speakers who are experts in their fields.

Networking and Building Community

Participants will join an exclusive cohort of Diversity Leadership Academy attendees, providing an invaluable opportunity to network and build relationships with like-minded peers from the top law schools in the US.

The Diversity Leadership Academy also offers a unique opportunity to develop professional relationships with our lawyers and firm leaders through interactive virtual seminars, discussion groups, and social activities.


Each first-year participant will be partnered with a Latham lawyer mentor who will serve in this capacity during the Diversity Leadership Academy and throughout the remainder of the student’s law school career. The mentor will serve as a resource for professional development and career advice.

Diversity Leadership Academy

Selection Criteria

The application process is open to all first-year law students (class of 2024), 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.

Latham’s Recruiting Committee will evaluate all applications, considering the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion, equity, 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
  • A desire to practice at a global law firm

Application Requirements

A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial or official 1L law school transcript
    • If your first-semester grades are not all available when you apply, please submit your current transcript with the application, and then send your updated transcript to once all your grades are available
  • Personal statement (500 to 1,000 words) addressing one or more of the following:
    • Your resilience and tenacity
    • How you will contribute to Latham’s inclusive culture and diverse community
    • Experiences that have shaped your commitment to inclusion, diversity, and belonging in the legal profession

Dates and Deadlines

Applications for our 2022 1L Diversity Scholars Program & Diversity Leadership Academy are now closed. Sign up to be notified when 2023 applications open.