1L Diversity Fellowship

Diversity and inclusiveness are at the core of our values.

Built for different perspectives

We are proud to offer our 1L Diversity Fellowship as part of Choate’s longstanding 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. Fellows are fully paid members of Choate’s summer program and are eligible for an additional stipend.

Selection Criteria

This merit-based fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as a first-year law student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school
  • Have diverse experience, skills and perspectives to bring to the legal profession
  • A record of academic and professional achievement
  • A sincere interest in practicing at Choate upon graduation


Application Process

In mid-December, applications will be considered for Choate’s Summer 2025 1L Diversity Fellowship.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the end of January.  Choate will begin extending interviews to candidates beginning in early-mid January. 


Applications Include:

  • Current resume
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all undergraduate institutions
  • Transcript (official or unofficial) from first semester of law school (as soon as is available)
  • One-page, single spaced personal statement explaining how your background and experiences have shaped the skills and perspective you bring to the legal profession.


Please note we expect that your written work will be your own, without the assistance of artificial intelligence tools.


We have completed the 1L Diversity Fellowship hiring process for Summer 2024. To learn more about this opportunity in the future, please contact Ashley Itson, Manager of Law School Recruiting at legalrecruiting@choate.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

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, and personal statement prepared for online submission.

I don't have my law school grades or transcript yet. Can I still apply?

Yes. You may still apply without your 1L grades. You will need to submit your unofficial transcripts to legalrecruiting@choate.com as soon as you receive them.