Goodwin HBCU IP/Tech Scholarships

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 have taught us that our investment is best placed in high-achieving law students from 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 backgrounds allows us to break barriers within the legal profession and achieve unparalleled results.

Goodwin HBCU IP/Tech Scholarships (Apply) 

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Goodwin is proud to partner with Meta on our HBCU IP/Tech Scholarship Program. Goodwin will provide $20,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are currently attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and will be starting law school in fall 2022.

Awardees will have the option of spending one week this summer at a Goodwin office, shadowing firm lawyers to learn more about the firm and our practice areas. Each awardee will be paired with a Goodwin lawyer who will serve as a mentor for the scholar while in law school. Awardees will also have the opportunity to spend two virtual weeks this summer working with one of the Meta IP teams.

Upon completion of their 1L year at law school, the scholarship recipients will be considered for positions in Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowship program.

Calvin Wingfield“Historically Black Colleges and Universities feed talented Black students to the country’s top law schools. As a Morehouse College graduate, I am humbled by Goodwin’s decision to target HBCU graduates as part of its ongoing commitment to serve the community and profession beyond our firm’s walls. Our focus on the technology and IP sectors stems from the conspicuous dearth of Black attorneys practicing at law firms and corporations. This scholarship is an opportunity for Goodwin to strengthen the pipeline of Black talent into the legal profession by helping to close the financial gap that serves as a barrier for many to pursue a legal career.”  – Calvin Wingfield, IP Lit Partner and Co-Chair of CRED, Goodwin’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

“Meta is deeply committed to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, I am elated to support this partnership between Meta and Goodwin to target HBCU graduates to increase the pipeline of Black legal talent in the technology and IP sectors. We look forward to a long, effective partnership.” – Shayne O’Reilly, Head of Licensing and Open Source at Meta

Selection Criteria

To qualify for a scholarship, the candidate must be admitted to, and planning to attend, an accredited law school and express a genuine interest in pursuing a legal career in either IP or Tech.

To remain eligible, a candidate may not participate in a similar program or be an award recipient of 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.

Successful Applicants Will Demonstrate:

  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Exceptional Academic Performance
  • Outstanding Leadership Abilities
  • A Commitment to Community Service

Application Process

Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application, which includes the submission of a resume, undergraduate transcript, and personal statement of no more than 500 words. 

The personal statement should include examples of the applicant’s leadership qualities, contributions to their community, and interest in IP or Tech practices.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and remain open until April 21, 2022.

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