2L Diversity Scholars Program

Latham is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our 2L Diversity Scholars Program offers a summer employment opportunity and a scholarship of US$25,000.

To help increase diversity and inclusion within the legal industry at large, and to alleviate the financial strains on law students, Latham has doubled the number of available 2L diversity scholarships for the firm’s 2021 summer program.

2021 2L Diversity Scholars

Dates and Deadlines
Applications for our 2021 2L Diversity Scholars Program are now open! Apply now below.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and remain open until early 2021.

We are flexible in our approach to engaging with law students. If you are interested in applying for a position at Latham, please check with your career services office about opportunities to apply through on-campus interviews, job fairs, or résumé-collect programs. You may also choose to apply directly via our web applications.

Scholarship and Employment Offer
Latham’s 2L Diversity Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to students who have just finished their second year of law school (class of 2022) at an ABA-accredited school. The 10-week program includes in-depth legal training, mentoring, and real-work experience at one of Latham’s US offices, and an invitation to Latham’s Diversity Leadership Academy, a multi-day program focused on developing and empowering the legal industry’s future leaders. Scholars will receive a weekly salary throughout the ten week program, plus a US$25,000* scholarship.

Latham has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion: this is year fifteen of the scholarship program, and diversity hiring, retention and promotion goals are, and will continue to be, a key part of the firm’s strategic approach.

* The first US$10,000 of the scholarship is paid upon starting as a summer associate at Latham, and the balance of US$15,000 is paid upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm.

To be eligible to apply for the 2021 2L Diversity Scholars Program, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seek to practice law in a US Latham office. You must have successfully completed the first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2022.

The application process is open to all rising second-year law students (class of 2022) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Selection Criteria
A selection panel consisting of Latham attorneys will evaluate all applications, considering the factors below:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession
  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Obstacles, challenges, or other factors (financial or otherwise) encountered in advancing career objectives
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals
  • Long-term interest in practicing law in one of our US offices

Application Requirements
A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript (including your complete grades for the 1L year and fall 2020 grades). If your fall grades are not available when you apply, please submit your current transcript with the application, and then send your updated transcript to Recruiting.Global@lw.com once your fall grades are available.
  • Personal statement (500 to 1,000 words) addressing your resilience and tenacity and how you will contribute to Latham’s unique culture and diverse community. Please include a description of your academic and leadership achievements; noteworthy contributions you have made to your community or otherwise; and/or how you have overcome adversity.

As a previous 1L Fellowship or Diversity Leadership Academy applicant, you do NOT need to submit a new personal statement.

Note: Applications to our 2L Diversity Scholars program will automatically be considered for our Summer Associate positions so there is no need to submit a separate application.

Please email Recruiting.Global@lw.com with any questions regarding the Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

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