Diversity Fellowships

Through our diversity fellowships, we focus on recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding law students and lawyers from historically excluded groups, allowing us to break barriers within the legal profession.

1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS

Our 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 2023, following their first year of law school.

  • 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 are invited to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Scholars Summit;
  • Candidates are compensated 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.

To become a Goodwin 1L 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.

Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application, which includes 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 law school transcript to fellowships@goodwinlaw.com once first semester grades become 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.

Please contact us at fellowships@goodwinlaw.com with any questions.

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.
Kevin Lam
National Hiring Partner

2L Diversity Fellowships

Our 2L Diversity Fellowship program provides rising second-year law students from historically excluded groups the opportunity to earn a position in Goodwin’s 2024 Summer Associate program, in addition to receiving an award of $30,000. Finalists will take part in interviews with Goodwin lawyers, followed by virtual roundtable program involving thought exercises, discussions and social networking with key firm leaders, members of Goodwin’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CRED@Goodwin) and Pride@Goodwin affinity groups, as well as local office leaders.

  • The application timeline and roundtable program dates will be announced in Spring 2023.
  • Candidates will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of conversations with key firm leaders and stakeholders that explore reshaping diversity in big law;
  • Each finalist will receive a $500 stipend for participating in the roundtable program;
  • Finalists will be considered for a 2L Summer Associate position in their preferred Goodwin office; and
  • Have the opportunity to be selected as a 2L Diversity Fellow who will receive:
    • $30,000 in scholarship funding;
    • Mentorship from Goodwin lawyers; and
    • Attendance at select Goodwin events throughout their 2L and 3L years.

To be eligible, a candidate must be a law student currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of December 2024 or 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, candidates cannot receive a similar award from another law firm and/or 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.

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.

Please contact us at fellowships@goodwinlaw.com with any questions.