Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion

Founded in 2011, our Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion awards fellowships to promising first-year law students who are members of historically under-represented groups in the legal profession. The fellowship is named after chair emeritus Keith Wetmore, in honor of his dedication and commitment to diversity and inclusion, both within the firm and in the legal profession.

Each year, fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and are invited to join the firm as paid summer associates. The fellowship program provides training and mentorship opportunities critical to professional development. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, fellows have the option to return as second-year summer associates.

Fellows receive a payment of $15,000 (in addition to summer associate pay), which is typically paid in two equal amounts. Installments are awarded at the time that the candidate accepts his or her offer to return as a second-year summer associate, and when the candidate accepts an offer of full-time employment as an associate.

The program provides outstanding law students whom have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement with the opportunity to see, experience, and benefit from working with talented colleagues.

To date, we have awarded 57 fellowships.

Additional information about the program and other 1L opportunities can be found on our recruiting website.

 

 
2018 Wetmore fellows

In 2018, 17 diversity fellows joined our Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices as part of our Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion program.

 

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program

Since 2008, we have sponsored a group of pre-law interns through the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) program. SEO provides educational and career programs to students from underserved and underrepresented communities to ensure their professional success.

The pre-law interns who join us as SEO fellows are included in our summer associate program. To date, 37 students have participated in the program over the years, and four have completed the full pipeline and joined us as full-time associates.

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