Cooley Diversity Fellowship 2021

As part of Cooley’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are proud to offer diversity fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L summer associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

“We’re devoted to this notion of being creative and entrepreneurial and that is born out of diversity – both diversity of opinion and diversity of background.”
— Joe Conroy, chairman and chief executive officer



We welcome applications from all law school students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley’s 2021 summer associate program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021

Selection criteria

Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Undergraduate and law school academic performance achievement
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service

    Application process

    Applications must be submitted online and should include:

  • A complete and accurate online application; only one application will be considered
  • A personal statement no more than one single-spaced page in length, demonstrating the achievement of the selection criteria for the diversity fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript; unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • Graduate program transcripts, if applicable
  • Law school transcript following the receipt of first-term grades. Please note that due to the nature of a rolling application review process, offer decisions may be rendered prior to receipt of first-term law school grades
    For 1L students in the 2020 – 2021 academic year, applications must be received by January 8, 2021. Upon receipt of first-term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews. In the 2020 – 2021 application cycle, all interviews will be conducted virtually.
    Please direct any inquiries to
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