1L Diversity Fellowship program

We believe that a diverse workplace provides superior service to our clients and an enriched environment for our lawyers and staff.


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is committed to fostering the growth of diversity, equity, and ‎inclusion in the firm to reflect the rich diversity of our society and to grow diversity, equity, and ‎inclusion in the legal profession. We believe that diverse legal teams provide superior service to our ‎clients and improves the inclusiveness of our firm.‎

As one means of promoting diversity and inclusion at Schwabe, the firm long has offered ‎‎opportunities for 1L students to gain real-world experience as summer associates at Schwabe. For ‎‎the summer of 2024, Schwabe is again offering its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. The ‎‎fellowship provides a paid 9-week summer associate position in either our Portland, Oregon or ‎‎Seattle, Washington office for the summer following the successful completion of the first year of ‎‎law school. In addition, the recipients will receive a $10,000 academic stipend to help defray ‎‎tuition and expenses for their second year of law school.‎ ‎


Applicant must:

  • be a first-year law student in good standing for the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited law school;
  • demonstrate academic achievement, capacity, and leadership that evidences promise for a successful career in the legal profession;
  • demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal community and legal profession; and
  • demonstrate an interest in working at a business law firm and a commitment to practice law in the Pacific Northwest upon completion of law school.

Materials will be accepted beginning December 1, 2023. Materials must be received by Michelle Baird-Johnson, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration, by Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 5:00p.m. PST. Submissions will only be accepted electronically. When using the online application software, please be sure to fill out all of the requested contact information and law school information including graduation year. All documents must be uploaded as a PDF.

Submissions to include

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter stating your geographical preference (Portland or Seattle)
  • Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • Law school transcript reflecting 1L first semester grades (unofficial acceptable)
  • A two-to four-page statement of interest that describes:
    • your interest in the fellowship with Schwabe;
    • your commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community and legal profession;
    • academic and leadership achievements; and
    • other qualifications, professional experiences, or indicators of success that you believe uniquely qualify you to join Schwabe’s team
  • Writing sample (that has not been significantly edited by others) reflecting your legal analysis abilities (not to exceed seven pages)

Interviews will be granted to finalists. The fellowship recipient will be selected in February 2024.

Please direct your materials to:
Michelle Baird-Johnson
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
1211 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97204

You may use this email address to ask questions about the process: AttorneyRecruiting@schwabe.com.


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