1L Diversity Scholars Program

About the Program

This year’s virtual 1L Diversity Scholars Program will bring together the best and brightest diverse law students from around the country. The program will be held in two sessions on two days, with the kickoff on Friday, March 26 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. ET, and the second session on Thursday, April 8 from 5:00–7:30 p.m. ET.

  • Session one will focus on introducing you to Kirkland, our partners, our community and our clients.
  • Session two will concentrate on you; how you can find success in a large law firm, while enhancing your relationship building skills. This session will feature a professional development workshop geared toward the concerns of diverse law students, and will include advice and takeaways you can use to help you succeed in BigLaw. An interactive networking happy hour and entertainment with Kirkland attorneys, clients and other scholars will close the program.

Application Process

1L students are encouraged to complete an online application here. Each applicant must upload: his/her resumé, an updated law school transcript and a brief (maximum one page) personal statement by February 19, 2021.

Sample Agenda

Friday, March 26, 2021:
Getting to know Kirkland: Partners, practices and proficiency
Keynote speaker on their path to success
Client panel and interactive discussion

Thursday, April 8, 2021:
Professional development session on setting yourself up for success
Kirkland mentoring pod networking
Happy hour and entertainment