1L Diversity Public Interest Fellowship

1L Diversity Public Interest Fellowship

Consistent with WilmerHale’s long standing commitment to public service and organizations addressing social justice, we are pleased to announce our inaugural 1L Diversity Public Interest Fellowship Program for first-year law students. The recipients will be awarded a $10,000 stipend for the 2022 summer to work in a public interest legal position or a judicial internship.

Program Description. WilmerHale is looking for talented first-year law students who are interested in spending their 1L summer in a public interest legal position or a judicial internship. Recipients are expected to secure their summer position by April 29, 2022. 

Eligibility. The WilmerHale 1L Diversity Public Interest Fellowship Program is open to all full-time, first-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 from Fall 2021. We seek applicants whose academic and personal record of achievement demonstrates a commitment to excellence. Students must also demonstrate commitment to the legal profession and 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. Recipients who are interested in the WilmerHale 2L Summer Associate Program may bypass the OCI process and earn an automatic callback.

How to Apply. The 1L Diversity Public Interest Fellowship Program will be posted on the careers page of our website beginning December 15, 2021. To apply, interested students should complete the online application and submit the following materials: current resume; law school unofficial transcript (when available); 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.
  • In the “Comments” section of the application, please list the following:
    • Your 1st and 2nd US WilmerHale office choices (if you were to join WilmerHale as a 2L Summer Associate). These include Boston, NY, DC, Denver, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
    • If you know, which practice group(s) you would be interested in joining at WilmerHale. Learn more about our practice groups.

The application can be accessed via the WilmerHale Application portal. The application process will close on January 28, 2022.


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.