Diversity Fellowships

Investing in leaders of tomorrow. It’s not enough to say we want a diverse legal profession — we have to meaningfully invest in it. At Goodwin, years of practicing law has taught us that our investment is best placed in high-achieving law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, who bring new perspectives and help create a more inclusive environment. With diversity, equity and inclusion being core values of our business, we know that recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding law students and lawyers from historically excluded groups allows us to break barriers within the legal profession and achieve unparalleled results.

Explore Our Fellowships

1L Diversity Fellowships (Read More)
1L Diversity Fellowships (Apply) 
2L Diversity Fellowships (Read More)
2L Diversity Fellowships (Apply)

Kevin Lam, National Hiring Partner

Kevin V Lam

“Our focus on DEI maintains a two-pronged approach: ensuring equity in our systems and centering the lived experiences of those from historically excluded and marginalized populations. I’m proud that our national hiring efforts amplify this commitment and strategy. Working closely with our CRED, Pride and Women@Goodwin affinity group leaders, we have developed firmwide recruiting priorities to help advance these goals. In the last few years, enhancements to our 1L and 2L Diversity Fellowship programs have proven incredibly successful, creating pathways and mitigating the impact of barriers to enter the legal profession while providing our Fellows exposure to high-growth areas of the firm.”

1L Diversity Fellowships

Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides first-year law students from historically excluded group with the opportunity to be a 1L summer associate in Goodwin’s 10-week summer program in 2023, following their first year of law school.

Program details and benefits

  • Candidates will spend the ten weeks of the summer associate program working in their preferred Goodwin office and have the opportunity to spend the final four weeks of this time working at the direction of a Goodwin client;
  • 1L Fellows will also be invited to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Scholars Summit;
  • Candidates will be compensated by Goodwin for the full 10-week program at the standard summer associate salary; and
  • Each 1L Diversity Fellow is eligible to earn an offer to return to Goodwin for their 2L summer and to receive additional scholarship funds. 

Selection criteria

To become a 1L Goodwin Diversity Fellow, a candidate must be a 1L or 2E law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2025.

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  • Exceptional academic performance;
  • Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations;
  • A commitment to community service; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

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

Application process

Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application, which includes submission of a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, and a personal statement of no more than 500 words. We ask that students follow up by submitting their first semester law school transcript to fellowships@goodwinlaw.com once it becomes available. 

The personal statement should include examples of the applicant’s leadership qualities, contributions to the community, and desire to practice law in a corporate law firm setting.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and remain open until March 10, 2023.

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

2L Diversity Fellowships

Goodwin’s 2L Diversity Fellowship program provides rising second-year law students from historically excluded groups with the opportunity to earn a position in Goodwin’s 2023 Summer Associate program, in addition to receiving an award of $30,000. Finalists for the 2L Fellowship will be invited to participate in a virtual roundtable program comprised of thought leadership exercises and roundtable discussions with firm leaders on diversity, equity and inclusion topics relevant to the legal industry at large.

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

The 2L Diversity Fellowship Virtual Roundtable Program

WHEN
The program will be held over the course of three days at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Candidate Interviews (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM local time)
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 – Diversity Roundtable Discussion (4:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET)

PROGRAM FORMAT
Goodwin will select 2L law students from across the country as Finalists to participate in the 2L Diversity Fellowship program. These candidates will take part in interviews with Goodwin attorneys, followed by a series of thought exercises, roundtable discussions and social networking with key firm leaders, members of Goodwin’s Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity (CRED) and PRIDE affinity groups, as well as local office leaders.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM BENEFITS
  • Participants have the opportunity to be at the forefront of conversations with key firm leaders and stakeholders that will explore reshaping diversity in big law;
  • Participants will receive a $500 stipend for attending the program;
  • Participants will be considered for 2023 2L Summer Associate positions in their preferred Goodwin office; and
  • Participants will have the opportunity to be selected as a 2L Diversity Fellowship recipient who will receive the following benefits:
  • $30,000 in scholarship funding;
  • Mentorship from a Goodwin attorney during their 2L and 3L years;
  • Attendance at select Goodwin events throughout their 2L and 3L years;

  • Selection Criteria

    To become a Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellow, a candidate must be a law student currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of December 2023 or spring 2024.

    Successful applicants will demonstrate:

    • Exceptional academic performance;
    • Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations;
    • A commitment to community service; and
    • Strong interpersonal skills.

    To remain eligible, candidates may not be the recipient of a similar award from another law firm and cannot be an immediate family member of a Goodwin attorney or employee. Candidates 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, first-semester law school transcript and a personal statement of no more than 500 words. The personal statement should include examples of the applicant’s leadership qualities, contributions to the community, and desire to practice law in a corporate law firm setting.

    The application process opens on Monday, March 21 2022 and will close on Friday, April 29, 2022. Fellowship finalists will be notified by Friday, May 6th, 2022. 

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

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