Press Release
December 28, 2015

Goodwin Procter Offers Fellowships to Diverse Law Students for 11th Consecutive Year

Goodwin Procter LLP, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, today announced its 2016 1L Diversity Fellowship program, which provides awards of $7,500 to diverse law students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, leadership skills and a commitment to community service. The fellowships are designed to help support students who plan to work in public interest law positions in the summer following their first year of law school. Application guidelines and forms are available online; the application deadline is February 19, 2016.

Launched in 2005, Goodwin’s fellowship program was created to advance the firm’s goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession. To date, 39 fellowships have been awarded to students from law schools including Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, Boston College, Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia. Past recipients have worked for public interest programs across the country, including for the American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth in San Jose, Calif., and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Worcester, Mass. Read about the 2015 recipients.

In addition, Goodwin is partnering with client Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) for the 9th year to offer one of this year’s Fellows the MassMutual/Goodwin Procter 1L Diversity Fellowship. This joint fellowship awards $7,500 to a diverse first-year law student to help cover expenses while he or she works in a public interest law position during the summer.

“Goodwin Procter believes that cultivating a diverse and inclusive law firm is the best way to serve our clients and the broader legal and business communities,” said David M. Hashmall, Chairman of Goodwin Procter and head of the firm’s Inclusion Advisory Committee. “As part of our commitment to this effort, we are pleased to offer our Public Interest Fellowships for the 11th year in a row, and we look forward to selecting and working with this year’s Fellows.”

To apply, candidates must complete a Goodwin Procter Fellowship application and submit it, with a resume and a current law school transcript, to Goodwin Procter by February 19, 2016. Completed applications should be submitted online. Questions should be directed to

Candidates must be full-time, currently enrolled, diverse first-year students pursuing a J.D. at an accredited law school. Candidates may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm for the summer of 2016. Students who are immediate family members of a Goodwin Procter or MassMutual employee, and/or are a Goodwin Procter client or employee of a Goodwin Procter client, are also not eligible.

About Goodwin Procter

Goodwin Procter LLP is a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, with offices across the United States and in Europe and Asia. Excelling at complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation, the firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical business experience to help clients maximize opportunities and manage risk. With nearly 900 lawyers, Goodwin offers innovative counsel and delivers results through a client-centric and collaborative approach. The firm focuses on matters involving financial institutions, intellectual property, private equity, real estate capital markets, securities litigation/white collar defense, and technology/life sciences. Information may be found at Follow us on Twitter @goodwinprocter.

About MassMutual’s Law Programs

Founded in 1851, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The MassMutual/Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship award is part of a broader effort by MassMutual to provide wide exposure to the practice of law to a diverse array of students as they pursue their law degrees. In addition to the Fellowship award, the company’s 1L Diversity Clerkship Program offers a dynamic paid summer Clerkship Program that provides talented, diverse, first-year law students with an exceptional opportunity to gain experience and exposure to the in-house practice of law across a broad range of practice areas. To learn more about MassMutual’s first year clerkship program visit