Practice Group Scholars Programs

Scholarships and Employment Offers

Latham’s Practice Group Scholars Programs award select second-year law school students an offer of summer employment, tailored mentoring from a senior lawyer in the applicable practice group, and a scholarship of US$5,000, which is paid upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. As a Practice Group Scholar, you will also receive valuable networking and training opportunities with your host practice group. Below are the 2021 Practice Group Scholars Programs.

Dates and Deadlines

Due to COVID-19, we have delayed opening applications for 2021 summer associate positions and related scholarships. Sign up to be notified when applications open. In the meantime, explore Latham’s practice areas and learn about life at the firm by participating in one of our Virtual Experience Programs.

Please note: Applying for one of our Practice Group Scholars Programs does not preclude you from interviewing with us during on-campus interviews. In fact we encourage all scholarship applicants to schedule an interview with us on campus.


To be eligible to apply for one of our Practice Group Scholars Programs, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in one of the participating practice groups at a US Latham office. You must have successfully completed the first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2022.

The application process is open to all rising second-year law students (class of 2022) 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 of Latham lawyers will evaluate all applications, considering the factors below:

  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals
  • Relevant experience (academic, clinical, externship, and/or employment)
  • Desire to practice in one of the participating practice groups in one of Latham’s US offices
General Application Requirements

A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application (links will be activated once applications open)
    • Banking Scholars Program 
    • Emerging Companies Scholars Program
    • IP Litigation Scholars Program
    • M&A Scholars Program
    • White Collar Defense Scholars Program 
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript, including your complete grades for the 1L year and fall 2020 grades. If your fall grades are not available when you apply, you can submit your transcript to when they become available.
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) describing some or all of the items listed here: your academic and leadership achievements, previous work experience, and your intended contributions to Latham’s culture of teamwork, excellence, and inclusion, as well as your selected practice group.

Please email with any questions regarding our Practice Group Scholars Programs.

Program Descriptions

The Banking Scholars Program gives enterprising US law students a chance to be part of one of the world’s leading banking practices. Our Banking Practice represents commercial banks, investment banks, direct lenders, and other financial institutions in their capacities as agents, arrangers, and lenders, as well as corporate borrowers and private equity firms, in structuring and executing the most complex financings across industries and around the globe. Latham advises on hundreds of financings valued at hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

As a Banking Scholar, you’ll receive top-tier experience working in tandem with members of the firm’s Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, and other practices to develop innovative structures and to facilitate the smooth consummation of transactions.

Banking Scholars Program applications will be accepted in our New York office.

The Emerging Companies Scholars Program gives enterprising US law students a chance to be a part of an exceptional team of corporate lawyers who provide strategic legal and business counsel throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem. You will work to help advance the development of innovative early to late-stage, high-growth companies and the venture capitalists who invest in them across transformative industries such as technology, life sciences, and digital media. In 2019, Legal 500 recognized Latham as one of the leading venture capital and emerging companies firms nationwide, and Chambers USA 2019 ranked Latham’s startup and Emerging Companies Practice nationwide as well as for venture capital work in Massachusetts and California. 

As an Emerging Companies Scholar, you’ll receive firsthand experience working for cutting-edge clients and advising on all aspects of a company’s life cycle from formation to private financings to IPOs and M&A transactions. You’ll be able to leverage a limitless network and the full-legal capabilities of Latham’s platform to help clients succeed all with industry-leading technology tools.

Emerging Companies Scholars Program applications will be accepted in our Boston, Century City, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley offices.

The IP Litigation Scholars Program gives enterprising US law students a chance to join an all-star team of skilled attorneys focused primarily on complex patent trials, appeals, IPR/CBMs, and related business counseling. Our IP Litigation Practice is part of a Latham litigation department committed to diversity and inclusivity, as recognized by The American Lawyer following a year of impressive trial and arbitration victories, several of which were secured by women in first-chair roles.

As an IP Litigation Scholar, you will work closely with our full courtroom-tested team of trial lawyers, technical analysts, and paralegals on high-stakes matters in key patent venues and involving cutting-edge technologies.

IP Litigation Scholars Program applications will be accepted in our Boston, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. offices.

The M&A Scholars Program gives enterprising US law students a chance to be a part of one of the world’s leading M&A practices. Last year, our M&A lawyers handled more than US$566 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in 500+ public and private transactions.

As an M&A Scholar, you will work closely with our lawyers as they advise on sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions across a range of industries, gaining an understanding of substantive legal issues and market trends that impact global deal-making.

M&A Scholars Program applications will be accepted in all of our US offices.

The White Collar Defense Scholars Program gives enterprising US law students a chance to work at one of the world’s leading White Collar Defense & Investigations Practices. Our White Collar Defense lawyers include regulatory practitioners, career defense advocates, and former high-ranking members of the government, among them two former Assistant Attorneys General in charge of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), a former Special Counsel to the President, a former Deputy White House Counsel, more than 20 former Assistant US Attorneys, and two directors of DOJ’s Enron Task Force.

As a White Collar Defense Scholar, you will get an insider view into how legal teams plan strategy, prepare arguments, and communicate with and counsel clients during investigations and trials. You’ll receive practical, hands-on training, and be a part of a highly talented, cross-border team, which is experienced in every substantive area, from securities regulation to healthcare fraud to export controls to data privacy and security.

White Collar Defense Scholar applications will be accepted in our Boston, Century City, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices.


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