Diversity Fellowships

Investing in leaders of tomorrow. It’s not enough to say we want a diverse legal community. As a leading global law firm, we have to invest meaningfully in diversifying. Years of practice have taught us that our investment is best placed in high-achieving law students from underrepresented backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are core to our business and our values, and we know that recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting outstanding law students and lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds allows us to achieve unprecedented results.

2017 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients

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1L Diversity Fellowships

2L Diversity Fellowships

Ken Gordon, National Hiring Partner

Kenneth J Gordon“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 this 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 from underrepresented backgrounds, supporting attorneys from underrepresented backgrounds through strategic professional development, mentoring and sponsorship initiatives, eliminating hidden barriers to success, and weaving diversity principles into everything we do, so that we can build stronger teams and a stronger firm.” 

1L Diversity Fellowships

The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

Additional award benefits

  • A guaranteed callback interview with a 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;
    •  As part of the callback interview process, fellows will also be considered for the Wayne A. Budd and Marian A. Tse Diversity Scholarships, providing selected recipients with a paid 2L summer position in one of Goodwin’s U.S. domestic offices during the 2018 summer associate program and an additional $10,000 toward tuition for the third year of law school, paid out upon completion of the summer program. In addition to the selection criteria listed below, those who have overcome obstacles in pursuing a legal career and have demonstrated the tenacity and talent to excel in the legal profession will be considered. Named in honor of diversity trailblazers and champions Wayne A. Budd and Marian A. Tse, these scholarships are designed to help make our workplace and profession more diverse.   
  • The opportunity to participate in select summer associate events for 2Ls while working in their public interest law position during their first year summer; and
  • Attorney advisors to help fellows succeed in their public interest law position, and to help introduce them to Goodwin.

Selection criteria

To become a 1L Goodwin Fellow, a candidate must be a full-time first-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2019.

Successful applicants must 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

The personal statement that is part of the online application should address the applicant's qualifications and should potentially include a description of the applicant's leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to diversity and community service, and commitment to the practice of law in a corporate law firm setting.

To remain eligible, a candidate may not be the recipient of a similar award from another law firm and must not be an immediate family member of a Goodwin lawyer or employee. A candidate may not be a Goodwin client or an employee of a Goodwin client.

Application process

Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application, and submit a resume, undergraduate transcript and copy of current law school transcript by Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The application period is now closed.

Our Fellowship Award Committee will select the 1L Diversity Fellows by March 2017 and the Wayne A. Budd and Marian A. Tse Diversity Scholarships by August 2017. The Committee may select fellows on a rolling basis before those respective dates, as it deems appropriate. 

2L Diversity Fellowships

The Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellowships provide second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each, to help cover expenses for their third year of law school (2018-2019). The $15,000 award is contingent on the student’s accepting an offer to join Goodwin’s 2018 summer associate program and on accepting an offer, if extended, to join the firm as a full-time associate. The funds will be paid out half upon completion of the summer program, and half upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm.

These fellowships are named in honor of Richard A. Soden and Paul W. Lee for their exceptional commitments to diversity.

Selection criteria

To become a 2L Goodwin Fellow, a candidate must be a full-time second-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2019.

Successful applicants must 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

The personal statement that is part of the online application should address the applicant's qualifications and should include examples of the applicant's leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to diversity and community service, and commitment to the practice of law in a corporate law firm setting.

To remain eligible, a candidate may not be the recipient of Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowship or a similar award from another law firm and cannot be an immediate family member of a Goodwin lawyer or employee. A candidate also may not be a Goodwin client or an employee of a Goodwin client.

Application process

Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application, and include a resume, undergraduate transcript and copy of law school transcript (following the receipt of second term grades) by Friday, August 18, 2017. The application period is now closed.

Finalists will be interviewed for the fellowship after applications are submitted and the winner(s) will be announced in fall 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact us at fellowships@goodwinlaw.com.