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 diversity. Years of practice have taught us that our investment is best placed in high-achieving law students from underrepresented backgrounds. Diversity, equity 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.

2021 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients
2020 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients 
2019 Diversity Fellowship Scholarship Recipients 
2019 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients

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

Emily Rapalino, National Hiring Partner

Emily L Rapalino“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. 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

Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with the opportunity to be a 1L summer associate in Goodwin’s 10-week summer program in 2022, following their first year of law school.

Program details and benefits

  • Candidates will spend seven weeks in one of our Goodwin offices and then have the opportunity to spend the final three weeks of the summer program working in the office of a Goodwin client;
  • 1L Fellows will also be invited to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Scholars Summit in June;
  • 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 full-time first-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2024.

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 diversity 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 diversity statement should include examples of the applicant’s leadership qualities, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, contributions to their 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 15, 2022.

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

2L Diversity Fellowships

Goodwin’s 2L Diversity Fellowship program provides second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each to help cover expenses for their third year of law school (2022-2023). The $15,000 award is contingent on the student accepting an offer to join Goodwin’s 2022 summer associate program and on accepting an offer, if extended, to join the firm as a full-time associate. The award will be paid out upon completion of the summer program.

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 Goodwin 2L Diversity 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 2023.

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

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

To remain eligible, candidates 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. 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, law school transcript and diversity statement. The diversity statement should address, in 250 words or less, the applicant’s commitment to diversity (past, present or future plans) and/or describe how diversity has played a role in their pursuit of a legal career.

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

The information listed is subject to change.

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