1st-year diversity fellowship 

Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Choate Hall & Stewart.  As part of our long-standing commitment to recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting outstanding lawyers who offer perspectives and talents shaped by a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds, we are proud to sponsor the Choate Hall & Stewart 1L Diversity Fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellows will be fully paid members of Choate’s summer program, paid a competitive salary, and are eligible for an additional stipend.

Selection Criteria

This merit-based Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis.  Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school with the anticipated graduation date of 2020
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the profession
  • A record of academic and professional achievement
  • A sincere interest in practicing in Boston upon graduation
  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work permanently in the United States

Application Process

Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2017 and January 15, 2018 and should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all undergraduate institutions
  • Transcript (official or unofficial) from first semester of law school (Please note: applications may be submitted before 1L grades are available. Please submit transcripts once they are available.)
  • Legal writing sample
  • One-page, single-spaced personal statement describing your commitment to diversity in the profession and explaining your interest in Choate

A selection panel consisting of the Firm’s Hiring Partners and members of the Diversity and Hiring Committees will evaluate applications, interview finalists and select the Diversity Fellow.

Click here to apply for the 1L Diversity Fellowship.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Caitlin Ryan, Manager of Legal Recruiting at legalrecruiting@choate.com.

1L Diversity Fellowship FAQ

How do I apply for the 1L Diversity Fellowship?
Candidates may apply using our online application form.  Please also have a resume, undergraduate and first semester of law school transcripts, writing sample and personal statement prepared for online submission.

I am an evening law student.  Am I eligible to apply for the Fellowship?
Candidates who are still considered a first-year law student, have not yet entered their second year of law school, and have two (but no more) summers before graduation are eligible to apply.

I do not currently have an official undergraduate or law school transcript.  Can I submit an unofficial one with my application?
Transcripts are not needed when submitting your applications. Please follow-up with Legal Recruiting as soon as they are available.

With regards to the writing sample, does it have to be a legal writing sample?  How long should it be?
Yes.  Please submit a legal writing sample – a memo from a legal research and writing course is appropriate – that is approximately five pages.


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