The firm is strengthened enormously by the diversity of our lawyers, paralegals and professional staff worldwide. Our commitment to equal opportunity enables Latham to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to recruit and retain the best lawyers, professional staff and paralegals to create one of the world's leading law firms.
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Commitment to Diversity at all Levels
Latham's commitment to equal opportunity is reflected both in our lawyer population and in our management. Lawyers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientations have long been represented on the firm's management committees responsible for promotions to partnership, recruiting and training, among others. This diversity extends throughout our firm, office, and department and practice group leadership. Moreover, Latham's chief officers, directors and practice office administrators bring additional diversity to firm management.
Diversity Scholars Program
The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse law students studying at ABA-accredited law schools who want to pursue a career in a global law firm, and intend to practice law in the United States. The program was launched in 2005, and for the first six years, the firm selected four Diversity Scholars each year to receive $10,000 scholarships. In 2012, the program was expanded to award six $10,000 scholarships to second-year students.
Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges that have shaped values, and a desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives.
Learn more about Latham's most recent Diversity Scholars, or apply online.
1L Fellowship Program
The Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to gain valuable professional experience, mentoring and training early in their careers. We seek students who are committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession and who also possess a long-term interest in practicing law in Chicago, Houston, New York or Washington DC.
1L Fellows will spend the first five or six weeks of the summer in our Chicago, Houston, New York or Washington DC office (as applicable) and the remaining portion of the 10 weeks with one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our Diversity Leadership Academy and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer.
Diversity Leadership Academy
The Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy, March 27 to 29, 2015 in San Francisco, brings together Latham attorneys from around the globe, our 1L Fellows and other talented first-year law students from across the United States with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our diverse lawyers, recruits and 1L guests. This training and development retreat will provide first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process, and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Participation is firm-sponsored and includes hotel, meals and travel.
Women Enriching Business Committee
The Women Enriching Business Committee promotes women in business both inside and outside the firm, through global and local efforts designed to create broader networks and productive business relationships, attract top talent, and support the long-term success of women.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Latham has been a leader in developing, promoting and implementing processes that ensure lawyers are hired, trained and promoted fairly, consistent with our goals of equal opportunity and diversity in the practice of law. The firm has a Diversity Leadership Committee that monitors and addresses issues relating to achievement of the firm's equal opportunity and diversity objectives.
As an Equal Opportunity employer, the firm prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable state or federal law. It is also against firm policy to discriminate against any qualified disabled employee or applicant, against a disabled veteran or against a veteran of the Vietnam era.
The firm will ensure that applicants and employees are treated in all aspects of employment without unlawful discrimination because of these or any other protected characteristics. Such aspects of employment include, but are not limited to, recruitment, hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, compensation and training. Additionally, it is the policy of Latham that all employees enjoy a work environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment of a sexual or other discriminatory nature. Any conduct contrary to this policy is prohibited. The firm’s EEO Review Board provides training regarding the firm’s EEO Policies and has responsibility to assure that those policies are followed by all personnel.