Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA)

LEAD-WA was established by the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (PSAMFP) Board, to provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented first-year law students in Washington State. Selected fellows will be offered a paid 1L summer position at one of the participating employers. Students from Seattle University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga law schools participate.

Employer members of the LEAD-WA Fellowship Program will host an information session in late October.

Download complete application instructions:


Law Firm 1L Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

In November, CPD hosts a 1L Diversity Fellowship reception to give local firms an opportunity to meet with interested students. The 2023 reception will be held on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Sullivan Hall.

1L Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Programs Application Deadline Contact
Cairncross & Hempelmann Diversity Fellowship Program Jan 06, 2023 Jasmine Stone
Human Resources Manager
Cooley LLP Diversity Fellowship Program TBD Amie Santos
Diversity and Inclusion Director
Cozen O'Connor 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship TBD Bailey N. Shaffer
Legal Talent Coordinator
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship TBD Sandra Morris
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship Jan 16, 2023 Kirsten Otto
Recruiting Coordinator
Foster Garvey Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship TBD Georgia Woodruff
Director of Legal Talent and Professional Development
Fox Rothschild 1L Diversity Fellowship Program Jan 20, 2023 Natalie Quinn
Director of Associate Recruitment
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson 1L Diversity Fellowship Jan 06, 2023 Veronica Sutton
Director of Human Resources
K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship Jan 31, 2023 Je Myung
Legal Recruiting Manager
Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship Jan 31, 2023 Stephani Nguyen
Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
Lee & Hayes Meta (Facebook) 1L Diversity Fellowship TBD Shelby Ness
Chief Administrative Officer
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn 1L Diversity Fellowship Jan 06, 2023 Madison Taylor
Recruiting Assistant
Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Jan 08, 2023 Cinnamon Baker
Legal Recruiting Manager
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt 1L Diversity Fellowship TBD Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship TBD Kimberly Dunn Jones
Senior Lawyer Recruiter
Van Ness Feldman Seattle 1L Diversity Fellowship TBD Saira Rhodes
Marketing & Business Development Manager

Law Firm 2L Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Local and national law firms also sponsor 2L diversity programs, which offer paid summer positions and a fellowship/scholarship. Application deadlines range from July through September.

2L Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Programs Applications Accepted Contact
Helsell Fetterman Richard S. White Fellowship Deadline: July 06, 2022 Mary Farmar
Human Resources Manager
Lane Powell George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship Deadline: July 30, 2021 Dorianna Phillips
Manager of Attorney Recruiting

National Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Review the NALP Member Diversity Fellowships/Scholarships for additional opportunities offered by national employers outside the Seattle area. Fellowship/Scholarship amounts vary by employer, but in general range from $7,500 - $15,000.


Specialized Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Specialized Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship ProgramsApplication DeadlineContact
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Patent Prosecution Diversity Scholarship December 30, 2021 Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Latham & Watkins 1L Diversity Scholars Program/Leadership Academy February 01, 2022 Grace McLeod
Global Recruiting Assistant
Perkins Coie 1L Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship (Washington, DC)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Privacy & Data Security Fellowship (Seattle, Palo Alto, Washington, DC)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Technology Transactions & Privacy Diversity Fellowship (Seattle only)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Product Liability Diversity Fellowship (Seattle)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program (Palo Alto only)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Fellowship (Palo Alto only)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Clerkship Review TCDIP website for application instructions and important dates Varies by employer – see website for details

See all open opportunities at Perkins Coie on its Summer Program jobs listings page.

Contact CPD

Center for Professional Development
Sullivan Hall 200
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
206-398-4100
lawcareers@seattleu.edu