Investing in leaders of tomorrow. It’s not enough to say we want a diverse legal community. As a national leading member of the profession, we have to invest in a diverse legal community. So we put our money where it counts: in the hands of high-achieving diverse law students.
Our Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships offer financial awards to diverse students who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with a Goodwin office of their choice in the interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows are also invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.
In addition to the Goodwin Fellowships described above, we partner with our client Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company to provide an additional fellowship award, the Mass/Mutual Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship. MassMutual is also strongly committed to promoting diversity in our profession and in its business.
The Fellowship program connects us with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.
2016 Diversity Fellowship Recipients We will post the 2017 application when it becomes available.
Ken Gordon, National Hiring Partner
“Diversity is more than an idea or a policy at Goodwin. We are committed to promoting diversity in our law firm and in the legal profession. We are also committed to an inclusive environment in which each employee can excel and thrive. To that end, Goodwin has established our Chairman-led Inclusion Advisory Committee to ensure that we make our efforts in this area a top priority. Examples of our diversity goals include: attracting and retaining highly talented law students and attorneys of color; supporting attorneys of color through strategic professional development and mentoring; and leveraging our diversity to strengthen our competitiveness in markets for clients and top talent.”
1. What are the Goodwin Procter and MassMutual/Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships?
Diversity and inclusion are core values at Goodwin. We understand that truly great things happen when we work together, honor differences and celebrate unique perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion at Goodwin and in the greater legal community. To show our commitment, we have established the Goodwin Procter 1L Diversity Fellowships. These Fellowships will provide diverse first year law students with awards of $7,500 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school.
In addition, Goodwin has partnered with our client Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (the largest corporation domiciled in Massachusetts) to provide an additional fellowship award, the MassMutual/Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship. MassMutual is also strongly committed to promoting diversity in our profession and in its business. This Fellowship (like the others) will provide a diverse first year law student with an award of $7,500 to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school.
2. What other benefits do the Fellowships provide?
Selected Fellows will also receive:
- A guaranteed callback interview with the Goodwin office of their choice during the interview season after the student’s first year of law school, to allow the student to be considered for a position in our Summer Associate Program during the summer after the student’s second year of law school.
- The opportunity to participate in some of Goodwin’s Summer Associate Program events for 2Ls while working in their public interest law position during their first year summer;
- Attorney advisors to help Fellows succeed in their public interest law position, and to help introduce them to Goodwin.
In addition to the benefits described above, the MassMutual/Goodwin Fellow will be provided with opportunities for meaningful interaction with members of MassMutual’s Legal Department as a way to learn about their business and gain a greater understanding of an in-house legal department.
3. Who Should Apply/Who Is Eligible?
For all Fellowships, we welcome applications from any first year law student who self-identifies as a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession (including racially and ethnically diverse and LGBT students). To be eligible for a Fellowship, an applicant must be a full-time, currently-enrolled diverse first year who is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA-accredited law school. To be awarded a 2016 Fellowship, candidates may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm for the Summer of 2016.
Students who are immediate family members of a Goodwin (or MassMutual, as applicable) attorney or employee, and/or are a Goodwin client or employee of a Goodwin client, are not eligible to receive any of the Fellowship awards.
4. How Do I Apply for a Fellowship?
To apply for any one of these Fellowships, a candidate must complete the two steps below:
Step One: Complete and Submit the Online Application
A candidate interested in applying for a Fellowship must complete the online application on our website (www.goodwinlaw.com), as well as include a resume and a copy of current law school transcript. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE – The deadline to apply for the 2016 Goodwin Procter 1L Diversity fellowship is now closed.
Step Two: Complete a Screening Interview with Goodwin
If you are selected as a finalist candidate, we will contact you to arrange for an in-person or telephone interview to discuss your Fellowship application and qualifications.
5. When Will Fellows Be Selected?
Our Fellowship Award Committee will select the Fellows by March 2016, and will promptly notify applicants of their selection. The Committee may select Fellows on a rolling basis before that date, as it deems appropriate. Once an applicant has been notified of his or her selection as a Fellow, the applicant must accept or decline the offered Fellowship within one (1) week of notification.
6. What are the Selection Criteria?
In addition to the eligibility requirements (see Section 3 above), an applicant will need to demonstrate:
- Exceptional academic performance
- Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations
- A commitment to community service
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Other special achievements and honors