Commitment to Diversity

Latham & Watkins’ lawyers, paralegals and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of men and women of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, cultures and primary languages.

Latham's Commitment

Latham is strengthened by the diversity of its lawyers, paralegals and professional staff. This commitment to diversity and equal opportunity enables Latham to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms.

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Achieving Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Latham has been a leader in conceiving, promoting and implementing methods that ensure lawyers are hired, trained and promoted fairly and with attention to the goals of equal opportunity and diversity in the practice of law. The firm has a Diversity Leadership Committee that monitors and addresses issues relating to achievement of the firm's equal opportunity and diversity objectives, and includes lawyers from around the world. The Diversity Leadership Committee also works very closely with a number of other firm committees and departments in pursuit of its objectives, including  the Executive, Recruiting, Associates, Training, Pro Bono and EEO Committees, as well as the Business Development, Attorney Development and Human Resources Departments.

Increasing and Supporting Diversity in the Legal Profession

Latham has developed and supports a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession. Consistent with the firm’s non-discrimination policy and commitment to diversity, all Latham lawyers are welcome to participate in our diversity programs.

  • 2L Diversity Scholars Program: The Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program awards US$10,000 non-renewable scholarships to select second-year law students upon acceptance of an offer of summer employment.  Since the inception of the Scholars Program in 2005, Latham has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships.  Applications for the 2017 2L Diversity Scholars Program will open in the summer of 2016.
  • 1L Fellowship Program: The Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to gain valuable professional experience, mentoring and training early in their careers. We seek students who are committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession and who also possess a long-term interest in practicing law in one of our US offices.

    1L Fellows will spend the first five or six weeks of the summer in one of our US offices and the remaining portion of the 10 weeks with one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our Diversity Leadership Academy and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer. Upon acceptance of an offer to return as a 2017 summer associate, participants will also receive a US$10,000 scholarship through our 2L Diversity Scholars Program.
  • Diversity Leadership Academy: The Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy, April 1 to 3, 2016 in San Francisco, brings together Latham attorneys from around the globe, our 1L Fellows and other talented first-year law students from across the United States with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our diverse lawyers, recruits and 1L guests. This training and development retreat will provide 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. Participation is firm-sponsored and includes hotel, meals and travel.
  • Latham & Watkins Law Preview Scholars Program: To help students get off to a good start during their first year of law school, the firm offers scholarships to select students from Georgetown University Law Center, Northwestern University Law School, New York University School of Law, Stanford Law School, and UC Davis School of Law to attend Law Preview’s week-long law school preparation courses.
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Interns: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) organizes internships for talented, underrepresented students of color who have been accepted to top law schools. Latham has partnered with SEO to host its interns in our offices.
  • MPAC: The Multicultural Promotion & Attainment Coalition (MPAC) is an example of an associate-driven, grassroots initiative that is open to all lawyers and is generally focused on supporting the recruitment, retention and promotion of lawyers with diverse backgrounds through a variety of professional, educational and social activities. Our offices in Chicago, Germany, Houston, Los Angeles, London, New York, Orange County and Washington, D.C. currently have MPAC groups.
  • Women Enriching Business Committee (WEB): WEB works to promote women in business by creating broader networks and productive business relationships, as well as by attracting and investing in the long-term success of women.
  • Supporting Attorney Participation in Diversity Programming: The firm encourages and supports its lawyers’ involvement in diversity programming, including participation at diversity conferences and preeminent minority bar association events. The Diversity Committee sponsors registration and travel costs for a select number of lawyers to participate in the annual conferences of various minority bar associations.
  • Outreach to Diverse Students and Attorneys: Latham sponsors and actively participates in numerous outreach events with student groups on campus, minority bar associations and other organizations focused on promoting diversity in the legal profession. A few of our outreach activities include participation in the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, Harvard Black Law Student Association Job Fair, Lavender Law Career Fair and DC Road Show.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Latham is an equal opportunity employer. The firm prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable state or federal law. It is also against firm policy to discriminate against any qualified disabled employee or applicant, against a disabled veteran or against a veteran of the Vietnam era.

The firm will ensure that applicants and employees are treated in all aspects of employment without unlawful discrimination because of these or any other protected bases. Such aspects of employment include, but are not limited to, recruitment, hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, compensation and training. Additionally, it is the policy of Latham & Watkins that all employees enjoy a work environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment of a sexual or other discriminatory nature. Any conduct contrary to this policy is prohibited.