Internships, Externships, and Fellowshpis

Internships/Externships

Various opportunities for law students with disabilities.

ABA-CDR and Partner Internships

ABA Commission on Disability Rights Internship

The ABA Commission on Disability Rights is seeking talented law and undergraduate interns to work on various Commission initiatives, activities, and programs aimed at advancing disability civil rights and fostering the inclusion of law students and lawyers with disabilities in the legal profession.

ABA-Prudential Summer Internship

The summer internship program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses.

ABA-Travelers Summer Internship

The intern will work directly with experienced lawyers, conducting research, drafting briefs and motions, and observing court proceedings. The goal of the program is to develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers.

ABA-Microsoft Summer Internship

The legal intern will have a broad range of responsibilities from across the department, which may include researching legal issues impacting business strategy, drafting transactional documents, attending client meetings and product reviews, and collaborating with internal teams on cross-group projects. Get ready to overcome challenges, forge solutions, and provide direct counsel to the cutting edge of the world’s most dynamic industry.

 

ABA-Accenture Summer Internship

The summer law intern program will be held at Accenture’s downtown Chicago offices. The program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Accenture’s businesses.

General Internships for Law Students with Disabilities

1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program

The 1L Scholars Program gives these law students the rare opportunity to work side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. It provides them with valuable professional experiences while introducing them to the value of relationships and building networks with LCLD Members.

American Association of Persons with Disabilities DC Summer Internship Program

10-week (35 hours per week), paid summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, and non-profit and for-profit organizations in DC. Provides stipend, transportation to and from DC, and full-accessible housing. The application period for Summer 2019 is now closed.

Bazelon Center Internship

Unpaid summer and academic year (20 hours per week), 10-week internships. Interview complainants and witnesses, review documents, prepare memoranda, conduct legal research, draft briefs, attend Congressional briefings and hearings and meetings of national disability rights and civil rights coalitions.

Briston-Myers Squibb Company Law Department Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Internship Program

Law students work for 10 weeks in central New Jersey corporate law department assigned to practice areas including U.S. regulatory/commercial and promotion integrity; transactional/contracts; HR law/privacy law; patents; trademarks/copyrights; litigation; compliance; R&D regulatory law; general pharmaceutical practice. $1,000 per week.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Summer Honors Program

Unpaid summer honors program gives students substantive practical experience investigating, medicating, and litigating civil rights cases under the California fair Employment and Housing Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act, Ralph Civil Rights Act, and Disabled Persons Act.

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King & Spalding 1L Summer Associate Diversity Scholar

Nine-week summer associate program in Atlanta and DC.
 

Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship Program

A 1L summer internship program in intellectual property law, with a potential path to a 2L summer associateship, and possibly future employment. 

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 1L Diversity Summer Program

2 1L, 7-10-week, paid summer associate positions in the San Francisco office. Option to spend up to four weeks performing legal work for a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area.

Washington Lawyer's Committee Spring and Summer Civil Rights Legal Internship Openings

10-week, unpaid internships in the Committee’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Fair Housing Project, Disability Rights Project, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and D.C. Prisoners' Rights. Hands-on experience with the investigation and litigation of civil rights matters.

ABA-Prudential Summer Internship for Law Students with Disabilities

Description
10-week, paid (about $10,000 stipend) summer internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices. Work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses.

Qualifications

  • 1L student with a disability in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at end of first year
  • ABA member
  • Financial or business-related experience a plus

Deadline
February 12, 2016

ABA-Travelers Summer Internship for Law Students with Disabilities

Description
internship begins on June 5, 2018 and runs through August 2018 with flexibility on the intern’s end date. Interns in this program are paid $25 per hour, with an intended 40 hour work week.

Qualifications

  • 1L student with a disability in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school, entering second year of law school in 2018
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at end of first year
  • ABA member
  • Financial or business-related experience a plus

Deadline
January 12, 2018

Fellowships

1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program

Description
The 1L Scholars Program gives these law students the rare opportunity to work side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. It provides them with valuable professional experiences while introducing them to the value of relationships and building networks with LCLD Members.

Qualifications
1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school.

  • Candidates must apply directly to their desired LCLD Member firms and corporations; each Member organization will independently identify, select, and hire its 1L LCLD Scholar(s).
  • Visit www.lcldnet.org/1lscholars for more information, including the list of participating LCLD Member law firms and corporations.


ABA Business Law Section Fellows Program

Description
Through the Fellows Program, young lawyers, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities and LGBT lawyers are provided a springboard to substantive leadership roles within the Section through unique leadership roles, mentorships and subsidized attendance at Business Law Section Meetings.

Qualifications
All applicants must have demonstrated leadership involvement within a bar organization committed to one of the following areas:

  • Young lawyer (under 40 years of age or in practice for less than 10 years)
  • Lawyer of color
  • LGBT lawyer
  • Lawyer with a disability

Deadline
Complete the online application form by 11:59 CST, May 1, 2019.

Download the Fellows application. Submit to Justine.mershman@americanbar.org the completed application form and a current resume or CV.

BakerHostetler Diversity Fellowship Program

Description
Eight-week program. Receive up to a $25,000 award, as well as a position in the BakerHostetler summer associate program. The amount of $10,000 will be paid within the first 30 days of starting in a summer associate position with the firm and the remaining $15,000 is contingent upon receiving and accepting a full-time offer with the firm, to be paid within 30 days of joining the firm as a full-time associate.

Qualifications
2L student in good standing enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school

Deadline
No longer accepting applications for 2019
 

Disability Rights Advocates Fellowship

Description
Participate in every aspect of litigation process; substantial training, mentoring and supervision.

Qualifications

  • 3L students, judicial law clerks, or recent law graduates
  • Passion for disability, civil rights, and public interest law
     

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Description
Each Fellow receives a $5,000 scholarship upon completion of the clerkship and an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after competing their 2L summer clerkship; mentoring from members of the firm; a paid Summer Associate position in the office of the Fellow's choice; and participation in the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Program.

Qualifications

  • 1L student in good standing at ABA-accredited law school 
  • Record of academic and professional achievement
  • Contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community
  • Sincere interest in Fish & Richardson’s practice areas

Deadline
Applications for the 2019 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2018 through January 4, 2019.

Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program

Description
10-week summer program for 1L student. Offers valuable professional experience, understanding of in-house legal department’s business operations, mentoring and training. $3,080 per week. Invitation to return for minimum of 8 weeks following summer with $10,000 scholarship through 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

Qualifications

  • 1L student
  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Desire to practice at global law firm
  • Demonstration commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in legal profession
  • Long-term interest in practicing law
     

Morrison & Foerster’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Description
Five $15,000 fellowships. Paid summer associate position. Guaranteed 2L summer associate position assuming satisfactory performance.

Qualifications

  • 1L full-time in good standing at ABA-accredited law school
  • Excellent academic performance
  • Member of diverse population
  • Demonstrated leadership qualifies and community involvement
     

McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program

Description
10-12-week paid summer associate position and $5,000 fellowship at completion of clerkship. Eligible to return for following summer. Gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and be mentored by Diversity Committee.  

Qualifications

  • 1L student in good standing at ABA-accredited law school
  • Commitment to meaningfully contribute to diversity and inclusion in field of intellectual property law
  • Science or engineering degree
  • Intent to practice patent law in Chicago
     

PepsiCo Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship Program

Description

Four fellowships. 10-week summer program with PepsiCo in Westchester County, New York or Plano, Texas. $2000 weekly stipend. Each fellow assigned an attorney mentor.

Qualifications

  • 1L student in good standing at ABA-accredited law school
  • Strong academic achievement
  • Excellence in oral and written communication skills
  • Contributions to promoting diversity in the legal profession
     

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Student Fellowship

Description
Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities. Since 1991 we have been pleased to offer fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school.

Qualifications

  • 1L student in good standing at ABA-accredited law schools
  • Academic record, interest, and capacity that demonstrate great promise for a successful career
  • Contribute meaningfully to diversity of law school student body and, upon entering legal profession, legal community

Deadline
The application period for all 2019 fellowships begins on December 1, 2018 and ends on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Vinson & Elkins V&E Diversity Fellowships

Four summer fellowships in one of Vinson & Elkins’ U.S. offices (Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Francisco, or DC)

Qualifications

  • 1L student in good standing at ABA-accredited law school
  • Strong undergraduate and law school record
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Interest in working for large law firm

Clerkships

ABA Business Law Scetion Diversity Clerkship

The American Bar Association Business Law Section is committed to encouraging diversity in the Section by fostering a welcoming environment for all lawyers and promoting full and equal participation by all lawyers, including lawyers of color, women lawyers, gay and lesbian lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities ("Diverse Lawyers").

We always welcome additional contributions! If you are aware of any internships, fellowships, clerkships, or other relevant opportunities specifically for law students with disabilities that are not already listed here, please contact Evan Greenberger at evan.greenberger@americanbar.org.