About

The Gregoire Fellows Program, named in honor of former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, recognizes students for their academic and professional achievements, unique perspectives, and leadership potential to diversify the legal profession in Washington. The Fellowship Selection Committee particularly seeks applicants who are interested in exploring careers in the corporate legal sector.

The program – launched in 2015 at the University of Washington School of Law – aims to diversify the legal profession and the law school community, particularly in Washington state. The program expanded in 2019 to include Seattle U Law.

Gregoire Fellows spend the summer after their first year clerking at both a major corporate law firm and either a Seattle-based corporation or government agency. In addition to summer employment, Gregoire Fellows receive:

  • Seattle U Law scholarship
  • $20,000 first-year summer stipend
  • Mentorship from former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire and distinguished members of the Seattle legal community
  • $5,000 bar exam study stipend

Meet previous fellows

Application requirements

Application deadline: March 1

To apply, submit an essay of no more than 700 words (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format) that describes:

  1. How your individual perspectives and experiences will contribute to Seattle U Law and the Washington state legal community
  2. How a summer internship with a law firm and a corporation or government agency will further your professional goals

Click here to submit your Gregoire Fellows Program application.

Some factors you may wish to consider discussing include:

  • Racial or ethnic diversity
  • Disability
  • Family or personal adversity
  • Foreign language skills
  • First generation college attendance
  • Leadership potential
  • Perseverance overcoming obstacles
  • Prejudice or discrimination
  • Social hardships
  • Socioeconomic disadvantage
  • LGBTQ+ or gender expression

Our sponsors

The Gregoire Fellows Program is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Foster Garvey PC, K&L Gates LLP, Lane Powell PC, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Pacifica Law Group LLP, Perkins Coie PC, Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC, Schroeter Goldmark Bender, Stoel Rives LLP, Stokes Lawrence PS, Williams Kastner, Allen Institute, Amazon, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Microsoft Corporation, Nintendo Co., Premera, Seagen Inc., Starbucks Corporation, Vulcan, Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Weyerhaeuser and Zulily.

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