Latham Diversity Scholars Program

Purpose

Our attorneys, paralegals and staff throughout the world are a rich mixture of men and women of different races, ethnic backgrounds, cultures and primary languages. We are strengthened enormously by this diversity. The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, started in 2005, is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms, such as Latham & Watkins, which has approximately 2,100 lawyers located in the world's major business and financial centers. This program is part of our active involvement in the initiatives of bar associations to promote diversity in attorney hiring and advancement. Our targeted and sustained efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer associates and attorneys include sponsorship of and participation in a wide variety of events designed to introduce the firm to recruits and vice versa. As an integral part of our Global Recruiting Committee, we have an active Diversity Hiring Subcommittee, consisting of attorneys and professional staff devoted to diversity outreach efforts.

Eligibility

To become a Latham Diversity Scholar, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2016, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award

Latham Diversity Scholars will receive a gift of $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their second year of law school (2014 - 2015). This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham & Watkins. We awarded four scholarships each in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012, we expanded our scholarship to include six diversity scholars. In 2015, we anticipate naming six scholars as well.

Application

To be considered for the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, please complete and submit an application form, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and personal statement to Latham & Watkins. The application process is open to law students who meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Applications must be received by September 26, 2014. A selection panel of attorneys will evaluate all applications, considering such factors as academic achievement, work experience and overall commitment to diversity, and interview the scholarship finalists in late 2014. The scholarship recipients will be publicly announced in early 2015. Late or incomplete applications may be reviewed at the discretion of the selection panel.

Your complete application package must include the following items:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial or Official Law School Transcript
  • Personal Statement (no more than 500 words)

Please keep in mind that this is not an application for employment at Latham & Watkins. Accordingly, please refrain from discussing how you would be a great candidate to work at Latham or to contribute to diversity at Latham. Instead, in your personal statement, please discuss how you will contribute to diversity in the legal profession specifically, including (to the extent applicable) such factors as:

  • What led you to pursue a legal career
  • If applicable, what led to your desire to practice in a global law firm environment
  • The ways in which you would commit, promote and contribute to the diversity objectives of your law firm and global law firms generally (provide any relevant examples of your past efforts to advance diversity goals)
  • Life experiences that have shaped your values and/or that provide you with a unique perspective
  • Any obstacles, challenges or other factors (financial or otherwise) that you encountered in pursuing a legal career
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements

If you have any questions regarding the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, please contact Elizabeth Krichmar, Global Recruiting Manager, at elizabeth.krichmar@lw.com.

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