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.

2020 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients

2019 Diversity Fellowship Scholarship Recipients

2019 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients

2018 Diversity Fellowship Scholarship Award Recipients

2018 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients

2017 Diversity Fellowship Scholarship Award Recipients

Explore Our Fellowships

1L Diversity Fellowships

2L Diversity Fellowships

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. 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 2021 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 2022.

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 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

The application portal is now closed. Our Fellowship Award Committee will select the 1L Diversity Fellows by April 2020 and the Wayne A. Budd and Marian A. Tse Diversity Scholarships by August 2020. The Committee may select fellows on a rolling basis before those respective dates, as it deems appropriate. 

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 (2021-2022). The $15,000 award is contingent on the student accepting an offer to join Goodwin’s 2021 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.

The 2L Diversity Fellowship Virtual Roundtable Program

WHEN
Thursday, January 7, 2021 (Virtual)
1:00 PM EST – 6:00 PM EST

PROGRAM FORMAT
Goodwin will select eight highly qualified 2L law students from across the country to participate in 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, and local office hiring partners.

Additional Program Benefits:

  • Participants have the opportunity to be at the forefront of conversations with key firm leaders and stakeholders that will help reshape diversity in big law;
  • Participants will be receive a $500 reward for being selected and attending the program;
  • Participants will be considered for summer positions in the U.S. geography of their choice; and
  • Participants will have the opportunity to be selected as one of four 2L Diversity Fellowship recipients who will receive the following benefits:
    • Receive $15,000 award to assist in expenses for third year of law school;
    • Participate in Goodwin’s Diversity Fellowship Awards Ceremony;
    • Receive mentorship from a Goodwin lawyer for your 2L and 3L years;
    • Attend select Goodwin events throughout your 2L and 3L years;
    • Attend annual Goodwin diversity focused retreats; and
    • Get featured on Goodwin’s website and social media platforms.

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 2022.

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 pursuing a legal career.

The application process opens Monday, November 2, 2020. Finalists who are invited to join the virtual round table discussion will be notified on a rolling basis, but no later than Friday, December 18, 2020.

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

The information listed is subject to change.

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