Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is committed to fostering the growth of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the firm to reflect the rich diversity of our society and to grow diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. We believe that a diverse workplace provides superior service to our clients and an enriched environment for our attorneys and staff. We are looking for individuals who demonstrate aptitude, leadership, teamwork, initiative and strong verbal and written communication skills.
As one means of meeting this commitment, the firm has established its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides for a paid 10-week summer associate position in either our Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, or Anchorage, Alaska* office for the summer following the successful completion of the first year of law school. In addition, the recipients will receive a $10,000 academic stipend to help defray tuition and expenses for their second year of law school.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt recognizes that diversity exists in many different forms, including gender, race, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The firm will place particular emphasis on candidates who are members of groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession and at Schwabe.
- be a first-year law student in good standing for the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited law school;
possess an undergraduate and law school record of academic achievement, capacity, and leadership that evidences promise for a successful career in the legal profession;
contribute to the diversity of the law school student body and the legal community; and
demonstrate a commitment to practice law in the Pacific Northwest upon completion of law school.
Materials will be accepted beginning December 1, 2021. Materials must be received by Michelle Baird-Johnson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration, by January 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PST. Submissions will only be accepted electronically.
When using the online application software, please be sure to fill out all of the requested contact information and law school information including graduation year. All documents must be uploaded in PDF.
Submissions to include:
- Short cover letter stating your geographical preference (Portland, or Seattle)
- Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)
- Law school transcript reflecting 1L first semester grades (unofficial acceptable)
- A two-to-four-page statement of interest which describes:
- your interest in the fellowship with Schwabe
- leadership roles you have held and what you learned
- community-service organizations or projects in which you have participated
- other qualifications professional experiences, or indicators of success that you believe uniquely qualify you to join Schwabe's team
- Writing sample (that has not been significantly edited by others) reflecting your legal analysis abilities, not to exceed five pages
Interviews will be granted to finalists and the fellowship recipient will be selected in February 2022.
*Note: The position in Anchorage has already been filled for 2022