December 8, 2017
Cooley Announces New Diversity Fellowship

Cooley Diversity Fellowship – 2018

As part of Cooley’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, they are proud to offer diversity fellowships to outstanding first year law school students.

Award recipients will receive a paid 1L summer associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition.The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

A word from the CEO:

“We’re devoted to this notion of being creative and entrepreneurial and that is born out of diversity – both diversity of opinion and diversity of background.”

Joe ConroyCEO


We welcome applications from all law school students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2020 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within their local communities and/or more broadly
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley’s 2018 Summer Associate program
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018

Selection criteria

Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Undergraduate and law school academic performance achievement
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service

Application process

Applications must be submitted online and should include:

  • A complete and accurate online application; only one application will be considered
  • A personal statement no more than one single-spaced page in length, demonstrating the achievement of the selection criteria for the Diversity Fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Graduate program transcripts, if applicable
  • Law school transcript following the receipt of first term-grades

For 1L students in the 2017–2018 academic year, applications must be received by January 5, 2018. Upon receipt of first-term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews.

Please direct any inquiries to