2L Diversity Scholarship Program

2L Diversity Scholarship Program

Consistent with WilmerHale’s long standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are pleased to announce our inaugural 2L Diversity Scholarship Program for second-year law students. In addition to our Summer Associate salary, the recipients will be awarded a $30,000 stipend (half at the conclusion of the 2023 summer program and the remainder upon start as a full-time WilmerHale associate, contingent on receipt of a permanent offer).

Program Description. WilmerHale is looking for talented second-year law students who are interested in spending their 2L summer (2023) at WilmerHale as a Summer Associate. Recipients will participate in diversity related work and/or programming while a summer associate. 

Eligibility. The WilmerHale 2L Diversity Scholarship Program is open to all full-time, second-year law students in good standing who expect to graduate from an ABA-accredited law school in 2024. Applicants must have a minimum law school GPA of 3.0. We seek applicants whose academic and personal records of achievement demonstrate a commitment to excellence in accordance with the criteria used generally in hiring our summer class. Students must also demonstrate commitment to the legal profession and to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal community. Recipients may not accept a diversity award from another law firm if selected for this Fellowship.

How to Apply. The 2L Diversity Scholarship Program will be posted on the careers page of our website. To apply, interested students should complete the online application and submit the following materials: current resume; law school unofficial transcript; writing sample; and a personal statement (750-word limit) addressing the following:

  • Submit a personal statement (upload under the “Cover Letter” section of the application) describing aspects of your background, personal attributes, experiences, etc. that you feel best demonstrate your commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity and how such will contribute meaningfully to the legal profession.
  • If you know which practice group(s) you would be interested in joining at WilmerHale, please indicate that in the “Comments” section. Learn more about our practice groups.

The application can be accessed via the WilmerHale Application Portal. This is a rolling application process, and it will close once the Scholarships have been accepted.


WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.