Goodwin Procter LLP, a national AmLaw 50 firm, is currently seeking
applications for its 2011 Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color,
which provide awards of $7,500 to law students of color who demonstrate
outstanding academic performance, leadership skills and a commitment to
community service. The fellowships are designed to help support students
who plan to work in public interest law positions in the summer following their
first year of law school. This year, three fellowships will be granted.
Application guidelines and forms are available online; the application deadline
is February 25, 2011.
Launched in 2005, Goodwin's program was created to contribute to increased
diversity in the legal profession, a goal of the firm. To date, 18
fellowships have been awarded to students from such law schools as Harvard,
University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and Georgetown. Past recipients have
worked for a variety of public interest organizations across the country,
including the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, Sanctuary for
Families in New York and the Public International Law & Policy Group in
Washington, D.C. Profiles of the 2010 recipients are available here.
The firm is again partnering with its client MassMutual to offer one of this
year's Fellows the MassMutual/Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship
for Law Students of Color. This joint fellowship awards $7,500 to a first-year
law student of color to help cover expenses while he or she works in a public
interest law position during the summer.
"Goodwin Procter's Public Interest Fellowships have allowed us to promote
diversity within our firm and the legal profession as a whole, while also
supporting high-achieving law students committed to giving back to their
communities," said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin
Procter. "We're proud to continue this tradition and look forward to selecting
our 2011 Fellows."
To apply, candidates must complete a Goodwin Procter Fellowship application
and submit it, with a resume and a current law school transcript, to Goodwin
Procter by February 25, 2011. Completed applications may be submitted online, by
email (to firstname.lastname@example.org)
or by regular mail (to Ashley Nelson, Legal Recruitment Manager, Goodwin Procter
LLP, Exchange Place, Boston, MA 02109).
Candidates must be
full-time, currently enrolled, first-year students of color pursuing a J.D. at
an accredited law school. Candidates may not be the recipient of a similar
scholarship award from another law firm for the summer of 2011. Students
who are immediate family members of a Goodwin Procter or MassMutual employee,
and/or are a Goodwin Procter client or employee of a Goodwin Procter client, are
also not eligible.