Diversity DNA

Diversity Scholarship

The firm annually awards up to five law students from diverse backgrounds with a Diversity Scholarship.

Each year the firm selects up to five second-year law students with offers to join our ArentFox Schiff Summer Program to receive a $25,000 Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship is paid in two installments: $12,500 during the second-year summer and another $12,500 payable when the student returns to ArentFox Schiff as an associate after graduation. Candidates may apply for the AFS Diversity Scholarship by submitting a supplemental essay during their application process for the AFS Summer Program. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

ArentFox Schiff LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Eligibility Requirements

  • At time of applying, candidates must be a rising second-year law student in good standing, at an ABA-accredited law school in the US
  • Excellent college and law school academic performance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, work experience, and community involvement
  • Authorized to work in the US
  • Member of a diverse population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession
  • Must join the ArentFox Schiff Summer Program after their second year of law school
  • Have a strong interest in joining the Firm as an associate after law school graduation

Required Application Materials

  • Completed electronic Summer Associate Application, including submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Law School Transcript (unofficial is accepted)
    • Legal Writing Sample (5-10 pages, single or double spaced). Must be exclusively your own work. The sample may be from your legal writing course in law school.
    • Contact information of three professional or academic references. (Letters of recommendation are optional.)
  • Diversity Scholarship Supplemental Essay (one page single or double spaced). Please select one of the following prompts:
    • Shirley Chisholm famously said, ‘if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.’ One of Harvey Milk’s best-known quotes is, ‘rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.’ What would be your personal quote, and how does it describe and relate to you?
    • Tell us about yourself. What information about you is not reflected in your application or on your resume?
    • Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you?
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The firm annually awards up to five law students from diverse backgrounds with a Diversity Scholarship.

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