Gregoire Fellows Program

The Gregoire Fellows Program recognizes students for their academic and professional achievements, unique perspectives and experiences, and leadership potential to diversify the legal profession in Washington. The program is named in honor of former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire.

Fellows spend the summer following 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:

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

Applications are handled as part of the Seattle U Law admissions process. Contact the Admission Office for more information.

The Gregoire Fellows Program is made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors, including Amazon, Davis Wright Tremaine, Foster Garvey, K&L Gates, King County Prosecutor's Office, Lane Powell, Littler Mendelson, Microsoft, Nintendo, Orrick, Pacifica Law Group, Perkins Coie, Seattle Genetics, Starbucks, Stoel Rives, Vulcan, Washington State Attorney General's Office, and Weyerhaeuser.

Proven Success

The Gregoire Fellows Program launched at University of Washington School of Law in 2015 and expanded to include Seattle University School of Law in 2019. Since the inaugural cohort graduated in 2018 and entered the workforce, data shows the fellows are admitted to practice and employed at higher rates than their non-fellow peers. Importantly, the inaugural fellow class also secured employment more quickly than their non-fellow peers.